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By PAUL DELANEY
Staff Reporter 

Cardinals return to state cross country

Defending state 1A champs face long odds to make it two in a row

 

November 1, 2018

Paul Delaney

Medical Lake's Jeremiah Windle put on a push over the final 50 yards of last Thursday's District 7 Cross Country championship at Chewelah to finish sixth for his team and 21st overall to help the Cardinals earn a berth at the state championships in Pasco. This will be the seventh year in a row the Cardinals have sent a team to state where they have won three titles, including the 2017 1A boys crown.

The Medical Lake program that began by getting a couple of feet inside the door nine years ago, and over the last half-dozen seasons has become a dominant force in high school cross country in Washington state, will try to defend their 2017 crown this Saturday, Nov. 3 at Pasco.

Using a gut-check finish where key runners overtook their opposition in the final 100 yards, the Cardinals earned a runner-up finish on the rainy fairways of the Chewelah Golf and Country Club and once again qualify a team to compete in the 1A state championships on yet another 5,000-meter golf layout, Sun Willows.

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