By Malcolm Roux
Both the boys and girls varsity teams had impressive results in their all Metro meet on thursday, October 23rd at Lower Woodland. Both teams will advance their seven varsity members to the district meet and a chance to qualify as a team or individually for the state meet in pasco. This was the first of three post-season races, and the team’s performance allows them to advance with confidence into the district meet.
The boy’s placed sixth overall in the fourteen team league, while nine teams advance to the next event. While the whole team performed well, some individual performances stand out, like Gustavo Berho and Jack Bylund’s cooperative effort to break 17:00. The two sophomores ran together and finished fractions of a second apart for more than a ten second PR each. Being Roosevelt’s second and third runner, their impressive performance was needed to place roosevelt so high in the rankings. Outside of varsity Zach Adams and Ross Branch both had great races, getting times in the low 18’s, and showing they they are contenders for the varsity team.
Despite pouring rain and thunder delays, the girls team finished fifth out of fourteen. After huddling under the little shelter there is at Lower Woodland, Anna Larson was able to post one of the few PR’s of the day with a 19:38. While Larson posted a fantastic result, her teammate and long time running partner Jane Barr suffered from an asthma attack. Barr still finished the race in flying colors, contributing as the fourth runner on the girls team. The girls team looks forward to districts and a solid shot at State.
Both teams are contenders to qualify for state at the districts race, where only six teams advance through. But for now, the runners wait to see how they match up with Metro’s district partner: Kingco 3A.