Cross coun­try state ti­tle goes to Kami­akin boys

Tri-City Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY JEFF MOR­ROW

Kennewick’s Jo­han Cor­rea was not go­ing to be de­nied.

The se­nior stuck with the lead pack through the first few miles of Satur­day’s Class 3A boys race at the WIAA state cross coun­try cham­pi­onships at Sun Wil­lows Golf Course in Pasco.

And when the time was right, Cor­rea kicked his pace up a few notches and pulled away from his com­pe­ti­tion to win the state ti­tle with a par­ti­san home crowd cheer­ing him on.

As he ap­proached the fin­ish line, Cor­rea raised his right arm in jubilation about 100 yards away. He then screamed with joy and raised both arms in tri­umph as he crossed the fin­ish line with a time of 15 min­utes, 26.40 sec­onds.

“I’m sure those who know me know how hard I work,” said an ec­static Cor­rea. “I hate to lose. I made the de­ci­sion af­ter los­ing to ev­ery­one my fresh­man year I would work hard to get bet­ter. I worked my (butt) off.”

The race was tight for the first few miles, as Bain­bridge’s Se­bas­tian Belkin and Kami­akin se­nior Ryan Child ran side by side with him.

As they ap­proached one of the fi­nal hills be­fore the 3-mile mark, they were still all to­gether. That was bad news for Belkin and Child.

“I saw in my head that if I could just stay with these guys, I would start my kick and win,” Cor­rea said. “I be­lieve no one can out kick me.”

Belkin and Child were al­ready be­liev­ers of that.

“I just don’t have the kick Jo­han has,” said Belkin. “I should have sped off ear­lier to keep him from kick­ing it up.”

Child agreed: “I should have started my kick ear­lier against Jo­han.”

Child could find so­lace that he helped lead his Kami­akin boys to a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive team ti­tle.

Child’s team­mates – Stan­ford Smith (sixth), Porter Grigg (10th), Is­sac Teeples (14th) and Pey­ton Hill (20th) – were the other scor­ing team­mates.

That gave the Braves 37 points. North Cen­tral, the team the Braves un­seated as cham­pion last year, was sec­ond with 74 points.

Kami­akin’s Cameron Gu­tier­rez (21st) and Jax Weide (28th) also placed well for the Braves.

I MADE THE DE­CI­SION AF­TER LOS­ING TO EV­ERY­ONE MY FRESH­MAN YEAR I WOULD GET BET­TER.

Jo­han Cor­rea

“I told the guys ‘What­ever you do, if you’re to­gether at the 1-mile mark, we’ll be all right,” said Kami­akin coach Matt Rexus. “They ran a great team race. This is def­i­nitely the deep­est team I’ve had.”

Rexus was worn out, though.

“I mean, this feels just as good as last year’s first win over North Cen­tral,” Rexus said. “But I re­al­ize how much pres­sure there is af­ter you win. I told (North Cen­tral coach) Jon Knight I know how he feels now.”

Jo­han Cor­rea’s younger sis­ter, Geraldin, had a great per­for­mance of her own when she fin­ished sec­ond in the girls 3A race, cov­er­ing the course in 18:29.80.

Geraldin fin­ished be­hind North Cen­tral sopho­more Allie Janke and her 17:59.10 time. Her team­mate, Erinn Hill (who won the state ti­tle last year), placed third.

Cor­rea, a ju­nior, was spent by the fin­ish and she got sick. But a few min­utes later she re­al­ized what a good per­for­mance she had.

“I re­ally tried to win,” she said. “The first mile was de­cent, and the sec­ond mile felt good. And I like run­ning into those hills.”

She has the re­spect of the North Cen­tral run­ners.

“We would have liked to have fin­ished 1 and 2,” said Janke. “But we know Geraldin, and we’ve run a lot against her.”

North Cen­tral eas­ily won the team ti­tle with 21 points.

McKinzi Teeples led Kami­akin to a sec­ond­place team fin­ish (134 team points) by plac­ing 12th. Kami­akin’s Is­abella Qunell (37th), Han­nah Paul­son (41st) and Brook­lyn Mee­han (43rd) also placed high. Kennewick’s Macy Mar­quardt (40th) was also among the top third of the field.

“I re­ally thought we could get sec­ond as a team when the year be­gan,” said Kami­akin coach Shaun Suss. “It’s only the sec­ond time we’ve ever had a sec­ond-place tro­phy at Kami­akin. I feel like we won the race be­cause it was al­ready de­ter­mined who would win with North Cen­tral.”

4A BOYS

Mt. Si’s Joe Waskom, headed to the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton next year to run, moved steadily up through the pack, then out kicked Eisen­hower’s Jonas Price to win the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle with a time of 15:16.2.

“I ran the per­fect race,” said the se­nior. “I stayed with the pack, then I gave ev­ery­thing I had the fi­nal 200 yards.”

Waskom was third his sopho­more year, and 10th last sea­son.

“It’s been a goal of mine since my fresh­man year to win this,” said Waskom.

Price placed sec­ond. Han­ford’s Caleb Ol­son fin­ished ninth, while Rich­land’s Ri­ley Moore was 16th.

Walla Walla ju­nior Cooper Corti­nas was 23rd, while team­mate Can­non Angotti was 41st.

Ta­homa won the team ti­tle with 94 points, just 2 points ahead of Cen­tral Val­ley.

4A GIRLS

Bel­larmine Prep fresh­man Ella Bor­sheim kicked it into over­drive af­ter the 2-mile mark and ran away with the ti­tle, beat­ing Ju­lia David-Smith of Is­saquah and Lake Stevens se­nior Tay­lor Roe.

Roe won the 4A ti­tle as a fresh­man and sopho­more, and was sec­ond last year as a ju­nior.

Walla Walla sopho­more Ella Nel­son fin­ished fifth.

Other Mid-Columbians to place high in­cluded Rich­land’s Emma Sum­mers (32nd), Wa-Hi’s Sariah Hep­worth (47th) and Chi­awana’s Alexa Neff (53rd) – the school’s first-ever state cross coun­try par­tic­i­pant.

Glacier Peak took the team ti­tle eas­ily with 77 points.

2A BOYS

Pull­man Ju­nior Elia­son Kabasenche edged out Ridge­field’s Kyle Ra­do­se­vich for the vic­tory, with a time of 15:44.70.

Se­home won the team ti­tle with 84 points.

2A GIRLS

Washou­gal se­nior Amelia Pullen out kicked Belling­ham’s An­nika Reiss to take the in­di­vid­ual crown.

It was the third time in her ca­reer that Reiss had fin­ished sec­ond at state.

But Reiss did help her team take a share of the team ti­tle, ty­ing West Val­ley of Spokane for first at 118 points.

1A BOYS

Adam Briejer of Charles Wright Academy ran away from the field over the fi­nal mile to win the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle. Con­nell’s Nolan Chase (15th) and Dallin Price (18th) fin­ished among the top 20.

Con­nell’s Pey­ton Berg (30th), Col­lege Place’s Drew Adams (45th), Wahluke’s Yerik Arel­lano (53rd) and Con­nell’s Sam Keski­talo (54th) also placed high. Lake­side of Nine Mile Falls and Cas­cade of Leavenworth tied for first in the team ti­tle race with 113 points each.

1A GIRLS

Naomi Smith of King’s ran away from the field in the fi­nal half-mile to take the in­di­vid­ual ti­tle. Col­lege Place’s Melia Loe placed 48th. Lake­side of Nine Mile Falls won the team ti­tle with 108 points.

1B/2B BOYS

Adna’s Austen Ap­per­son suc­cess­fully de­fended his ti­tle, eas­ily out­dis­tanc­ing the field with a time of 15:56.40 – 25 sec­onds ahead of the next clos­est run­ner. Ja­coby Wieber of Tri-Cities Prep placed 12th. North­west Chris­tian of Lacey won its fifth con­sec­u­tive boys team ti­tle with 59 points.

1B/2B GIRLS

Lib­erty Bell’s Novie McCabe also de­fended her in­di­vid­ual ti­tle with ease, beat­ing her clos­est com­peti­tor by 49 sec­onds. Celeste Davis of Tri-Cities Prep fin­ished 32nd.

Lib­erty Bell also won the team ti­tle with 56 points.

PHO­TOS BY NOELLE HARO-GOMEZ Tri-City Her­ald

Kennewick’s Jo­han Cor­rea won the WIAA 3A boys state cross coun­try cham­pi­onship Satur­day at Sun Wil­lows Golf Course in Pasco. Cor­rea fin­ished in 5 min­utes, 26.40 sec­onds.

The Kami­akin boys, ranked in the top 10 in the na­tion, re­peated as the Class 3A team state cham­pi­ons Satur­day.

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