By Paul Delaney

California running

Medical Lake’s Headrick, Ramsey compete in Champs Sports 5K


Last updated 12/8/2022 at 10:21am

With snow on the ground across large parts of the Pacific Northwest, serious cross country runners like Medical Lake High School’s Reid Headrick and Kayla Ramsey headed to the warmth of California last weekend.

A group of elite competitors traveled to Walnut, Calif. compliments of Bloomsday and Mount San Antonio College to compete in another edition of the Champ Sports West 5K race where both Headrick and Ramsey ran in the seeded divisions.

Ramsey, who led her team to a third place finish Nov. 5 at the state 1A championships in Pasco, finished 37th in a field of 82 runners in a time of 19 minutes, 45 seconds. Sadie Engelhardt from Ventura, Calif. won the race in 17:43.

“Kayla was pretty satisfied and how she did,” her school coach, Gene Blankenship said, careful to remind that he attended the race purely as a fan.

Forbidden from doing any actual coaching, “All I was doing was yelling and screaming and wishing them good luck,” Blankenship said.

Headrick, who won the 1A individual title at that same state event landed in 51st place out of 180 runners. His 16:37 time was 1:17 back of Bountiful, Utah’s Samuel Hansen who won in 15:20. Headrick was not pleased with his finish on what Blankenship called a tough and hilly course.

Paul Delaney is a retired Free Press Publishing reporter and can be reached at


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