Warriors run away with Edmonds District crowns | Cross country

Edmonds-Woodway girls team looks ready to challenge for a 3A state title
By David Pan | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Deyago Peraza, Lucas Lacambra and Dylan Hartono run at the front of the pack at the Edmonds District championships Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace. Teammates Jacob Willcox, Jun Masunaga and Grant Christian are right behind the three.

Edmonds-Woodway ran away from the field in the annual Edmonds District cross country championships.

The Warriors swept the individual and team competitions Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace.

Senior Yukino Parle finished first in the girls race, completing the 5k course in 18 minutes, 24.80 seconds. She was followed by teammates Olivia Meader-Yetter (18:26.30), Stephanie Wroblewski (19:00.20) and Alyssa Hershey (20:38.30). The Warriors won the team competition, scoring 16 points, ahead of Mountlake Terrace (44), Lynnwood (71) and Meadowdale (108).

Junior Lucas Lacambra took first in the boys race in 16:35.90, finishing just ahead of Meadowdale’s Colin Knechtel (16.38.70). Edmonds-Woodway’s Dylan Hartono (16:41.80), Deyago Peraza (16:54.10) and Jacob Wilcox (16:59.00) followed.

The Warriors won the team crown with 21 points and were followed by Mountlake Terrace (49), Meadowdale (83) and Lynnwood (92).

“We had a really good all-around meet,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Al Bonney said. “We really looked strong. … The main thing is we wanted everybody to run fast. I really wanted them to hit it hard and for the most part everyone did.”

Edmonds-Woodway ran the Ballinger Park course in mid-September and Bonney said that he saw time drops of about 30 seconds.

The girls team saw the return of junior Kaitlynn Rust, who finished 12th. This was Rust’s first race of the season after being out with an injury.

“I was really concerned as of a week ago that we didn’t have the depth,” Bonney said of the girls squad. “The four other girls are starting to step up a little. If we can keep the three up front healthy … we should be in a good shape.”

Parle is running extremely well, Bonney said. “She worked harder in the offseason. I think she’s fitter.”

The Edmonds-Woodway boys finished fourth at state last year and Bonney is hoping the squad can move up in the standings.

Lacambra is running strong, the Edmonds-Woodway coach said, and his teammates are not far behind.

Bonney expects a spirited competition from the other Warriors.

“They’ve got to bring it and be ready to fight for a spot,” he said. “It’s all a growth situation. One of the real cornerstones of our program is that nothing is given. You have to earn a spot head to head with the other runners.”

Meadowdale’s Knechtel is aiming for his third straight trip to the state meet.

“Colin has been steadily getting faster this year,” Meadowdale coach Kris Maraveller said. “His training was cut short this summer due to traveling, but he is racing himself into shape now. We expect him to continue to get faster and be in the top 5 at the district meet and make his third trip to state where we think he should crack the top 30.”

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