The Cascade Kodiaks boys and girls cross country teams finished the 2012 season last week at Walla Walla Point Park in Wenatchee at the 1A Bi-District Championships against the Caribou Trail league and Northeast 1A league.
It was a cold, and rainy meet with two Kodiak runners being distracted by the weather conditions. Cascade Head Coach Dayle Massey said Charlotte Massey slipped and fell on a muddy corner hurting her knee and Jonathan Blake lost a shoe in a particularly sticky, mucky section and had to turn around mid-race to retrieve it.
The boys team scored 237 points to come in eighth place out of 13 teams.
"Pretty much the same as the league meet, everyone ran well," Dayle Massey said.
The boys team was led by freshman Daniel Olmstead who finished the 3-mile course in 18:05 for 28th place. Freshman Daniel Tveten finished in 19:05.2, followed by teammates freshman Neil Flodin (19:05.40) and sophomore Blakely Browne (19:10).
"Neil Flodin probably had the best race, he just kept getting faster and faster all season," Massey said.
The girls team scored 319 points to come in 11th place. Two opposing teams didn't have five girls finishers and were disqualified.
"Lakeside and Medical Lake easily dominated the boys race, while Lakeside and Riverside dominated the girls race. The only CTL team to make it to state was Cashmere's boys, who just beat Quincy for third," Massey said.
Jennifer Novik led the girls finishing the course in 22:46 for 44th place overall. Teammate Mady Harris was the next Cascade runner to finish with a time 25:08.
Sophomores Madeline Krous (28:11) and Claire Seaman (28:14) finished nearly side by side. Teammate Meredith Krous finished in 31:44.
"Overall, we had a great season. We had 36 enthusiastic, good-spirited runners who gave it their best, supported each other, and had a lot of fun. We endured the smoke and rain in stride," Massey said. "We're now looking towards next year. If our talented group of young runners trains all year long, especially over next summer, we'll definitely be a force to be reckoned with."
Kacie Thrift may be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.