WINTHROP – Liberty Bell cross country teams, both high school and middle school, shined on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Central Washington B League Championships at Liberty Bell High School.

Because of a change in the course this year, which helped alleviate congestion near a soccer match competed at the same time as the races, every winner can claim a course record.

The varsity race was on a three-mile course while the middle school races were on a 1.5-mile course.

“From a general sentiment the new course seemed to run pretty well,” said Liberty Bell coach Erik Brooks. “I got a ‘thumbs up’ from most in a quick runner survey at the awards. Aside from being a little hotter and perhaps dustier than a typical mid-October day, it seemed to go off pretty well from an organizational standpoint.

“We did lose a little bit of distance back behind the elementary school with a blown irrigation line creating a small lake in the middle of a previously marked turn. It was deep enough and saturated enough with water running full bore for at least three hours before the start of the race. Who knows how much longer. I had cut the turn a little. Not a huge deal, but still some last-minute stuff.”

The Mountain Lions won the girls’ varsity team title and the boys finished a close second to Manson.

“Congrats to Manson on breaking Liberty Bell’s eight-year streak of league titles,” Brooks said. “Their team is running well and appears to be a tight-knit group with designs on making the state podium for sure.

“The Liberty Bell boys did an admirable job of keeping pace and trying to find those all-important match-ups that will serve us well on Wednesday (in the state qualifier).”

Manson’s Conner Torgesen won the boys’ race.

“Brewster is running well and chasing us from a spot or two back,” Brooks said. “Tonasket opted to run this race as a tempo workout rather than fielding their usual varsity squad. Tonasket and Manson will be in the hunt for a district championship. Liberty Bell and Brewster should be in a good battle, with perhaps Trout Lake to round out those third and fourth spots to the state meet.”

Novie McCabe won the girls’ race in 17 minutes, 57.59 seconds.

“The Liberty Bell girls are a whole different combo of runners than we were last season, but are still running great,” Brooks said. “That kind of depth is amazing to have.”

Liberty Bell took middle school boys’ and girls’ team titles.

In the middle school races, Liberty Bell’s Isaiah Stoothof won the boys’ race (8:23) and Ayla Belsby won the girls’ race (9:37.38).

Next up is the District 5/6 state qualifier Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Blue Heron Park in Moses Lake.

“Four days between league and district is not enough time to recover,” Tonasket coach Bob Thornton said. “So we are focused on the district meet next Wednesday. Our goal and expectation all season have been to go to state.”

From district, the top four boys’ teams and runners in the top 28, along with the top three girls’ teams and top 21 individuals, qualify for the state 1B/2B state meet Nov. 3 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Varsity/junior varsity results:

Girls’ team scores - 1, Liberty Bell 15. 2, Tonasket 50.

Top individuals - 1, Novie McCabe, LB, 17:57.59. 2, Icel Sukovaty, LB, 19:32.4. 3, Greta Laesch, LB, 20:05.2. 4, Jori Grialou, LB, 20:17.2. 5, Hannah Wapato, LR, 20:27.7. 6, Ava Mott, LB, 21:13.3. 7, Caitlynn Bell, RC, 21:35.5. 8, Mahali Kuzyk, LB, 22:01.7. 9, Eva Weymuller, LB, 22:07.4. 10, Lena Nelson, LB, 22:52.8.

11, Ayeanna Ruprecht, LB, 23:15.8. 12, Malissa Campbell, RC, 23:18.7. 13, Keeley Brooks, LB, 23:19.8. 14, Annika Tate Libby, LB, 23:26.8. 15, Lindsay Worrell, LB, 23:27.3. 16, Cara Hutton, MN, 23:38.59. 17, Madison Koplin, Ton., 24:07.29. 18, Emely Valencia, MN, 24:08.9. 19, Sage Young, Ton., 24:26.3. 20, Raven Pope, MN, 24:55.4.

Others - 21, Kaylee Bobadilla, Ton., 25:10.2.22, Willa Hilton, LB, 26:01.9. 23, Payten Kaufman, LB, 26:03.79. 24, Katie Keane, Ton., 27:26.2. 25, Cailee Denison, Ton., 27:26.59. 27, Kara Wilson, Ton., 28:46.4.

Boys’ team scores - 1, Manson 30. 2, Liberty Bell 43. 3, Brewster 58. 4, Tonasket 123. 5, Riverside Christian 145.

Liberty Bell - 2, Emerson Worrell, 17:06.79. 4, Travis Grialou, 17:25.2. 12, Simon Studen, 18:19.5. 14, Bellamy Kar, 18:27.59. 17, Lazo Gitchos, 18:33.7. 18, Andrew Kominak, 18:48.59. 19, Bodhi Kuzyk, 18:56.4. 20, Cooper Legler, 19:09.29. 34, Owen Hevly, 20:49.09. 37, David Kominak, 21:05.4. 40, Eli Neitlich, 21:10. 47, Kieren Quigley, 22:37.4.

Brewster - 5, Ricky Garcia, 17:28. 6, Oscar Guzman, 17:32.5. 11, Orlando Medina, 18:15.8. 22, Lemuel Infante, 19:23.8. 24, Angel Maldonado, 19:33.2. 26, John Benitez, 19:45.5. 30, Daniel Sahagun, 20:09.5. 36, Ulysses Silva, 20:51.5. 39, Victor Abrego, 21:05.9. 54, Javier Whitehouse, 31:43.

Tonasket - 23, Kevin Sanabria, 19:27.7. 31, Alejandro Maldonado, 20:17.5. 38, Colin Silverthorn, 21:05.79. 42, Logan Sutton, 22:14.59. 44, Garrett Wilson, 22:22.3. 45, Waylon Thomas, 22:34. 46, Carter Timm, 22:36.5. 48, Curtis Willson, 22:54.

Oroville - 7, Julian Lopez, 17:39.8. 28, Miguel Nunez, 20:03. 35, Miguel Quezada, 20:50.09.

Middle school boys’ team scores - 1, Liberty Bell 31. 2, Brewster 36. 3, Omak 59.

Liberty Bell - 1, Isaiah Stoothof, 8:23. 7, Will Halpin, 9:04.36. 8, Graham Sheley, 9:04.75. 11, Carter Sheley, 9:15. 12, Aksel Thomson, 9:17. 15, Tristan Schmekel, 9:39. 19, Jackson Schmekel, 9:57.4. 21, Mica Gleason, 9:58. 22, Kyler Mitchell, 9:59. 23, Landry Chrastina, 10:01.

Brewster - 2, Juan David Martinez, 8:27. 4, Enrique Campos, 8:44. 10, Carlos Garcia, 9:14.58. 13, Donavan Tinoco, 9:27. 14, Juan Angel, 9:36. 25, Caleb Infante, 10:24.

Omak - 5, Trace Hendrickson, 8:50. 9, Garrett Click, 9:14.34. 17, Jax Haeberle, 9:51. 24, Blake Same, 10:22. 26, Jonathan Kirk, 10:35.

Lake Roosevelt - 3, Chase Marchand, 8:43.

Bridgeport - 16, Brandon Garcia, 9:50. 20, Aiden Garcia, 9:57.7.

Middle school girls’ team scores - 1, Liberty Bell 15.

Liberty Bell - 1, Ayla Belsby, 9:37.38. 2, Leki Albright, 9:40.1. 5, Dashe McCabe, 10:07.02. 11, Linnaea Crandall, 11:17.32. 12, Ila Cianciabelli-Newman, 11:17.62.

Brewster - 3, Kaydence Carrington, 9:48. 4, Perla Perez, 10:01.38. 10, Sandra Hernandez, 10:57.

Omak - Olivia Little, 10:16. 8, Marisa Grillo, 10:41. 13, Ellie Porter, 12:10. 14, Hayden Velasco, 14:07.

Republic runs at District 7

WILBUR - Republic raced at the Northeast 1B/2B District 7 championship on Saturday at Big Bend Golf and Country Club.

“Lots of good times, great weather,” Republic coach Ed Forsman said.

The Republic girls’ team, led by Korin Baker(21:47) in 12th, finished fifth on the 5K course.

“Korin Baker ran well,” coach Forsman said. “The girls’ field is loaded.”

Other Tigers included 27, Courtney Starr (23:17), 28, Emma Reiss (23:45), 35, Anna Reiss, 24:53; 39, Davannah Lind, 25:14; 47, Megan Thomas, 27:40; 48, Tandice Fletcher, 28:09. 61, Kayla Tonasket, 31:19. 66, Melanie Lichterman, 32:43.

Korbin Forsman (17:26) finished seventh for Republic’s boys, which finished ninth as a team.

“Korbin Forsman had a strong race,” said his father, coach Forsman.

Other boys included 45, Jordan Starr, 18:59; 55, Nathan Sheffield, 19:30; 71, Seth Wright, 20:27.48; 76, Ian Hamrick, 21:01.

In the middle school 1.5-mile races, seventh-grader Sarah McGaffey took first (8:55) for the girls and Logan Thompson (8:32) was fourth for the boys.

“Sarah McGaffey smoked the field in the middle school girls’ race,” coach Forsman said. “She beat everyone but four boys. Logan Thompson … ran a smart race.”

Hailey Becklin was 12th in the girls’ run (11:14).

Curlew girls include Aurora Wentz in ninth (10:49) and Alexis Wheaton was 21st (13:04).

Other boys included 18, Joshua Reiss (9:45), 23, Nicholas Baker (10:26), and 35, Shaylor Headley (12:16).

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