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Medical Lake has impressive Highlander Invite finishes

Boys tops in a mixed varsity group; girls second to Lakeside in small school race.


Last updated 9/13/2018 at 10:17pm

Medical Lake Athletics

Freshman Allison Payne led the Medical Lake girls to a second-place finish in the girls small school varsity race last Saturday at the Highlander Invitational, staged at Shadle Park High School.

Medical Lake's defending 1A boys cross country state champions got a preliminary glimpse at the Highlander Invitational last Saturday of how things might look as they seek to add another trophy to the case in November.

Head coach Gene Blankenship likes what he sees so far, albeit too early to have a firm idea.

"I thought the kids ran pretty well," Blankenship said. "Right now it looks like we might be a little stronger than Lakeside or Riverside."

In an event that drew dozens of schools of all sizes from the region, the Cardinals topped Northeast A League rival Lakeside in some unofficial overall scoring conducted by the team.

Some of those top finishers included Aden Carl in the boys freshman race run over 4,000 meters. Carl was 13th in a time of 14 minutes, 54.57 seconds. Lake City of Coeur d'Alene's Maximillian Bazler was tops at 14:12.48.

Sophomores Quintin Collins clocked a 13:51.13 to finish fourth behind Manny Brantley of Rogers High School in Spokane at 13:39.69. Benjamin Henry was 12th in a time of 14:28.29.

Victor Long was his school's top finisher in the junior race and was 21st in a time of 14:22.66. Jeremiah Windle was No. 32 in a time of 14:56.29 and each trailed winner, Eliason Kabasenche from Pullman, who ran 13:04.84.

Zach Lewis was the top Medical Lake boys senior class finisher in a time of 14:18.28. Kennewick's Johan Correa won in a time of 12:31.96.

Medical Lake's girls expect to challenge for a team slot at state and seemed to lay a foundation with an overall second-place finish to Northeast A League Lakeside in the varsity race designed for schools under 600 in enrollment. The Eagles topped the Cardinals 31-76.

In that race, Medical Lake had five runners in the top-25, led by Allison Payne's 16:48.07 in fourth place. Colville's Alaina Stone won the individual title in a time of 15:28.93. Riley Olmstead (18:04.97), Jenavieve Cogswell (18:05.88), Paige Headrick (18:26.12) and Maris Tuck (18:39.64) rounded out the ML group.

"Lakeside's really strong," Blankenship said.

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