IHS deemed second, Freese wins third straight girls' raceTOLEDO - The Fishermen boys' cross country team left Toledo Tuesday believing they had won a hard-fought meet over Onalaska, having left Toledo and Mossyrock in their wake. When the official results were tabulated after the busses had departed, Onalaska had actually won the meet 28-32 over Ilwaco.

Coach Sarah Taylor informed her troops of the results and to a man they showed "maturity and sportsmanship," according to the coach, by readily agreeing to hand over the trophy at their next meet to the Loggers. Taylor said of the guys, "All the boys ran well. Luke Jensen fell and that hurt his time, but he was not injured other than a few minor cuts."

Carl Jackson finished second in 18:15 and Stephen Berglund was hot on his heels for third in 18:25 as the pair continues to shine for IHS. Robert Givens made a big improvement to finish ninth in 20:18; Evin LaPlatney was 10th in 18:22 and Luke Jensen was 11th in 18:38. Taylor had praise for Zhuang Zhao in his first race as he ran well to place 25th. Robert O'Brien also kicked off his season with a 24:04 run and Adam Taylor finished in 27:01 for Ilwaco.

Kelly Freese for the Lady Fishermen won her third consecutive meet with a scintillating time of 22:12, besting the next runner by 19 seconds. Cameo Ulbricht was third with a time of 25:37. Stephanie Ryan was 13th with a 32:59 run and Anna Gerke claimed 16th in 38:34 among 17 runners. The Lady Fishermen had only four competitors so did not pick up a team score.

Taylor said, "Kelly Freese continues to dominate this season and Cameo ran a very strong race as she has taken advantage of Kelly's strong performances for motivation. Kelly is a great role model for our runners." Onalaska won the girls' team race and Mossyrock was second.

In the middle school 1.6 mile race Jessica Jackson won her second consecutive meet. Mitchel Mortenson won his second race as well in three tries. "Owen Sutherland's running form is improving and he ran very well. This was Seth Sexton's first cross country race and he competed well, also," Taylor praised. Tanner Weidner, Elleigh Kaino and Adam Cooke also competed for Ilwaco junior high.

Berglund and Jackson lead

boys to fifthONALASKA - The Fishermen boys finished fifth among seven teams and Kelly Freese's unbeaten streak of three meets was snapped Thursday as the junior claimed fourth place in what Coach Sarah Taylor said was a good preview of District competition.

Freese ran the course in 20:41 and Joselyn Minton of NW Christian was the winner in 20:02. Cameo Ulbricht continues to do well as she was ninth among 35 girl runners in 23:36. Stephanie Ryan was 30th and Anna Gerke 34th for the Lady Fishermen. Taylor said, "Kelly ran a strong race and Cameo raced well in her first meet with a lot of runners."

Stephen Berglund earned fourth place among 71 competitors by finishing with a time of 17:51 and Carl Jackson was sixth in 18:02 to lead the Fishermen contingent. The winner was Walker Riley of Cathlamet in 17:08. Robert Gibbons was 28th, Luke Jensen 34th, Evin LaPlatney 40th, Zhuang Zhao was 59th, and Adam Taylor 68th for Ilwaco.

"This was a great preview for what District may be like for our boys' team and good experience for them to compete with a large group of runners," Taylor related. "Stephen and Carl had a great race on a very fast course and Zhuang showed a great deal of improvement."

Prior to the races Ilwaco returned the trophy to Onalaska after the Fishermen had thought they had won the Toledo Trail Race Tuesday. Following the competition the Onalaska team presented Ilwaco with a sportsmanship award sponsored by Athletes for a Better World. Among 1A schools the Fishermen were fourth in the Onalaska meet.

Boys' team scores

1. Onalaska 46

2. NW Christian 56

3. Kalama 91

4. LaCenter 94

5. Ilwaco 106

6. Wahkiakum 149

7. Toledo 185

Girls' team scores

1. LaCenter 31

2. NW Christian 35

3. Onalaska 69

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