Warriors finish ahead of district rivals | Cross country

By David Pan | Oct 18, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Ellie Gard (back), Stephanie Wroblewski and Alyssa Hershey lead the pack at the Edmonds District meet.

Edmonds-Woodway cruised to individual and team victories at the annual Edmonds District cross country championships Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Ballinger Park.

Senior Stephanie Wroblewski took first place and four teammates – Alyssa Hershey, Ellie Gard, Jemma Willcox and Kaitlynn Rust – were right behind her in the girls race. Wroblewski finished in 19 minutes, 14.50 seconds. The Warriors scored 15 points and were followed by Lynnwood (59), Mountlake Terrace (77) and Meadowdale (91).

The Edmonds-Woodway girls were without two of their top two runners – Olivia Meader-Yetter and Sofia Gard – who were sidelined by injuries.

“I was glad to be running for my teammates,” Wroblewski said. “We had a slow start with a lot of injuries. It’s great to have a lot of us recovering. People were here cheering us on anyway. That’s awesome.”

Edmonds-Woodway coach Alan Bonney said that the status of Meader-Yetter and Gard for this week’s Wesco championships was still undetermined.

Regardless, Wroblewski said she and her teammates are going to give it their all to try to advance for the state meet.

“I think everyone wants to see if we can qualify and get a fourth shot at state,” Wroblewski said. “Our only goal is to make it this year. I think that would be tremendous given the circumstances. I’m really hopeful for that.”

The Edmonds-Woodway senior noted that every team is different but the transition this season was a little more difficult with the graduation of Yukino Parle, who is now at Boise State.

“We lost our star athlete last year, so that was tough on all of us,” Wroblewski said. “I think the team is really starting to come together, boys and girls.”

Bonney said that Wroblewski is one of the toughest athletes he’s coached.

“She always goes the extra percentage,” Bonney said. “If you can run 100 percent, then she runs a 103.”

Edmonds-Woodway had the top four finishers in the boys race with Deyago Peraza placing first in 16:18.40. Lucas Lacambra, Dylan Hartono and Grant Christian rounded out the top four. Teammate Kalevi Paavola finished sixth. The Warriors scored 16 points and were followed by Mountlake Terrace (50), Lynnwood (84) and Meadowdale (91)

“It was a good team effort,” Peraza said. “The mindset was run smart, run together and at the end of the day, win the meet. ... It’s more important to keep our team together. We’re just trying to keep our guys together and not really worry about time.”

Peraza finished fourth and the Warriors placed third at the Hole in the Wall Invitational at Lakewood High School. The results were encouraging.

“It’s a tough group, a really tough group of guys,” Bonney said. “They work extremely hard.”

Based on the times at the Hole in the Wall Invite, Edmonds-Woodway heads into the postseason as the top ranked 3A boys squad.

“That’s just been our goal since the summer,” Peraza said.

The Warriors won’t be overconfident, though.

“Nothing is given. That’s our motto,” Peraza said. “We’re just building up each year. We’re working hard every day and encourage each other. We’re just trying to push each other every day to get better.”

 

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.