Glacier Peak runs away with 4A state title | Girls cross country

A tight-knit pack helps lead Grizzlies to victory
By David Pan | Nov 16, 2018
Courtesy of: Bob Mikulich Glacier Peak’s Rylie Darlington, Samantha Boyle, Alexis Palmer, Aviry Stratton, head coach Dan Parker, Maddie Watkins, Lindsay Ardry and Brooke Wallace celebrate the Grizzlies’ fifth girls cross country state title in the last nine years.

The Glacier Peak girls cross country team wasn’t on the minds of many of the coaches at the start of the season.

The Grizzlies weren’t ranked in the preseason top 10 poll.

It’s safe to say that Glacier Peak left quite a lasting impression at the 4A state championships.

Four Grizzlies finished in the top 25 to lead Glacier Peak to its fifth state championship in the last nine years Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

The Grizzlies’ top finisher was senior Samantha Boyle, who placed 14th. She was followed by juniors Aviry Stratton and Lindsay Ardry, who finished 19th and 20th and senior Brooke Wallace, who took 25th. Junior Alexis Palmer finished 61st. Less than 20 seconds separated Glacier Peak’s No. 1 and No. 4 runners – Boyle’s time was 19:06.00, while Wallace finished in 19:25.10.

Glacier Peak won the title with a team score of 77 points and was followed by Lewis and Clark (103), Camas (107), South Kitsap (160) and Jackson (164).

The Grizzlies entered the rankings about the third week into the season and going into state was No. 4 in the coaches poll.

“We were sure what we could do,” Glacier Peak coach Dan Parker said. “The girls were pretty calm about things. … They went out really strong. They didn’t lose each other. They hung tight.”

Boyle showed significant improvement from last year, when she didn’t qualify for the state meet.

“It was just determination on her part,” Parker said. “She trained well over the summer. She competed so much tougher than she has in the past.”

Stratton had been leading the team for much of the season, but then her performance started to taper off. Eventually after consulting with doctors, it was determined she was anemic, Parker said. Stratton was not 100 percent at the state meet.

“She was not back to full steam,” Parker said. “She just ran a courageous race.”

Jackson’s Anna Skoog finished 38th. Her teammates included Sarah Sewell (45th), Briana Heng (59th), Allyson Kim (66th) and Audrey Tracy (74th).

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