Freshman standouts lead young Mavericks | Cross country

By David Pan | Sep 20, 2018
Photo by: David Pan Meadowdale freshmen Deklund DeBell finishes strong during a league meet at Hamlin Park in Shoreline.

A pair of fresh faces are leading the packs for Meadowdale’s cross county teams.

Freshman Amy Sonja was the Mavericks’ top finisher at their first league meet against Edmonds-Woodway, Mariner and Shorecrest Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Hamlin Park in Shoreline.

Sonja finished eighth overall. Three days later, Sonja placed 48th at the South Whidbey Invitational. The Meadowdale standout also placed ninth in the freshman race Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Sehome Invitational.

“We’ve got a lot of freshmen and sophomores for both the boys and girls,” Meadowdale coach Kris Maraveller said. “The bulk is sophomores and freshmen.”

Freshman Deklund DeBell took seventh in the boys race at the league opener. He was third in the freshman race at Sehome and 51st at South Whidbey.

“He’s the best freshman we’ve had in a long time,” Maraveller said.

Two sophomores were behind both Meadowdale freshmen – Clara Schmidt (girls) and Lance Broderhausen (boys)

A large freshman class has boosted the overall numbers for the Mavericks to combined 40-plus roster. As a result, the team is having to charter a bus for this weekend’s Three Course Challenge in Seaside, Oregon.

“We have a few first year runners and a bunch of siblings,” Maraveller added.

The Meadowdale coach sees plenty of potential in Sonja and DeBell and is looking forward to seeing how the two run in the postseason.

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