Both experience and youth shone bright at the All-City Cross Country Meet on Oct. 10 at Wright Park, with the Stadium Tigers placing six runners in the top 10 of both the boys’ and girls’ races to take the team titles. Stadium senior Cameron Freshwaters won the boys’ race in 16 minutes and 57.3 seconds, four seconds ahead of teammate Shay Glackin-Coley to lead the Tigers’ effort.
“The plan was just to go out with the pack at the end, and turn it on the last two miles,” said Freshwaters of the 5,000-meter race. “It felt pretty easy. I just took it conservatively. I’m (going to) go harder at (the league meet).”
Ian Spencer finished fourth for the Tigers, while fellow Stadium seniors Garrett Harp, Connor Cochrane and Moses Chege finished seventh through ninth, respectively. Andrew Babson led Wilson’s effort by finishing in 17 minutes and 37 seconds – a personal record – to place third, while teammate Austin Lawrence finished sixth for the second-place Rams. Zachary Bennett was Lincoln’s top finisher, running in a personal best 19 minutes and 6.5 seconds to place 14th. For Freshwaters, who has run at the district meet all three years so far, the race served as a warm-up for the Narrows meet on Oct. 17 and the upcoming district and state meets.
“This is my last year to really make an impression,” said Freshwaters. “I’ve been giving it my all during practices and haven’t been backing off.” Wilson sophomore Shelby Alongi, in just her second year running cross country, won the girls’ race and set a personal best by finishing in 21 minutes and 31.7 seconds, almost 30 seconds faster than second-place finisher Audrey Holloway of Stadium. “I really work on trying to keep pace and not slow down, so I think that helped a lot,” Alongi said. “It means so much. I’ve worked so hard for this.”
Senior Katie Cribb and freshman Giorgia Holloway placed third and fourth for Stadium, who also placed freshman Lillie Williams, sophomore Skye Johnson and junior Nicole Amdahl in the top 10 to take the team title. Senior Michelle Bone finished fifth while teammate Kaja Sanders placed seventh for Wilson, who again placed second as a team. Foss junior Jasha Wharton placed sixth with a time of 22 minutes and 58 seconds to lead the Falcons, while senior Cora Ann Snider led the Lincoln girls by placing 15th in 24 minutes and 32 seconds.
Alongi noted the cohesiveness and unity of the Wilson squad has pushed her to new heights this season, while also crediting her preseason training for her success. “I’ve been running with the boys all summer and all year (so far), so I was always running,” said Alongi, who aims for the district and state meets and hopes to eventually continue running in college. “That would be awesome.” With the Narrows League meets wrapped up as well, the runners now focus on the Westside Classic District Meet at American Lake Golf Course on Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. “The past few years I’ve had bad races at district,” said Freshwaters, who is aiming for a time under 16 minutes. “I haven’t ran (the time) I wanted to. I’ve actually done less races this year so I’ll have energy for districts, hopefully.”