Jackson takes 1st place in Everett-Mukilteo clash | Cross country

Anna and Joseph Skoog finish ahead of the pack
By David Pan | Oct 20, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Ally Kim, Sara Sewell, Haley Balesteri and Anna Skoog share a laugh as they lead the pack during the annual Everett-Mukilteo Cross Country Clash Thursday, Oct. 12, at McCollum Park in Everett. Skoog won the race.

A sea of green swept through the annual Everett-Mukilteo Cross Country Clash.

Jackson had eight of the top nine runners in the boys race and six of the top nine in the girls race en route to a double team victory Thursday, Oct. 12, at McCollum Park in Everett.

Jackson’s Joseph Skoog, Mateo Rivera and Brenden Charbeneau took the first three spots in the boys race. Kamiak’s Carp Mukai placed fourth and was followed by Jackson’s Lucas Robert, Nathaniel Shin, Kane Borgal, Jared Kerber and Adan Fernandez.

Jackson won the team competition, scoring 17 points, ahead of Kamiak (51), Mariner (87) and Cascade (97).

“We have as much depth as we’ve ever had,” Jackson coach Eric Hruschka said. “We’re at about 41, 42 now under 18 minutes. We’ve never had that many and today was a solid performance from our top guys and all the way down the line.”

Skoog and Rivera have consistently run at the head of the Jackson pack. Thursday’s race was a breakthrough for freshman Charbeneau, Hruschka said.

“One of our top five guys was pretty sick today,” Hruschka added. “We’re going to need him healthy before Wesco.”

Jackson’s Anna Skoog, the younger sister of Joseph Skoog, took first place in the girls race, ahead of Mariner’s Kara Sevigny.

Jackson’s Haley Balestreri, Allyson Kim and Emma Atkinson were third, fourth and fifth. Wolfpack freshmen Sarah Sewell and Audrey Tracy placed eighth and ninth.

“We have a good girls team, one of the better teams we’ve had,” Hruschka said. “They’re coming together nicely.”

The Timberwolves placed first with 21 points and were followed by Mariner (50), Cascade (76) and Kamiak (93).

The Knights would have scored far higher except that their top two runners, juniors Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark, apparently took a wrong turn on the course.

The Wesco divisional meet is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Lakewood High.

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