Edmonds-Woodway boys should be top contender | Cross country

By David Pan | Sep 20, 2018
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Grant Christian, Deyago Peraza, John Christian (behind Peraza), Dylan Hartono, Andrew Walde, Lucas Lacambra and Isaiah Colobong (left to right) run together at the start of a league meet Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Hamlin Park in Shoreline. The Warriors won the meet.

It’s early, but the Edmonds-Woodway boys cross country team’s prospects for 2018 look extremely promising.

The Warriors cruised to team victories in their first league meet and in their division at the 40th annual South Whidbey/Carl Westling Invitational.

The team’s success comes as no surprise to Edmonds-Woodway coach Alan Bonney.

“We have a tremendous boys team,” he said. “I have eight seniors that have been with us for four years. … It really raises your odds tremendously.”

Seniors Deyago Peraza, Dylan Hartono and Lucas Lacambra placed third through fifth at South Whidbey. Senior Grant Christian finished 11th and sophomore Josiah Ponton placed 24th. All five Warriors finished in the top 8 in the league meet at Hamlin Park in Shoreline.

“Those are the guys likely to be our top 5,” Bonney said. “I saw some good things out of JV today (at Hamlin Park) that may help stir things up.”

The senior class has pushed each other throughout their four years together and made life easy for Bonney.

“It’s literally a coach’s dream if you can have those guys work that hard and set the example that they have for this program,” he said. “You’ve got eight guys that are out there pushing the things all the time. It’s pretty cool.”

The Edmonds-Woodway girls also posted victories in the league meet and at South Whidbey.

Senior Stephanie Wrobleski, junior Ellie Gard and senior Kaitlynn Rust placed second through fourth at Hamlin Park. Freshman Jemma Willcox took sixth and senior Alyssa Hershey was 11th. The Warriors won their division at South Whidbey as Wrobleski placed third overall. Hershey finished fifth, Gard was seventh and Rust took ninth. Willcox was 16th.

“For the most part, I think we’re running really well,” Bonney said. “But it’s still really early.”

The girls team is dealing with some injuries that have disrupted the lineup.

“We’ve still got six weeks before we quality,” Bonney said. “It’s hard to tell what’s going to happen with the girls.”

Senior Olivia Meader-Yetter, who ran at both the state cross country and track and field championships, is out with injuries. Her status for the season is unknown.

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