By Don Nelson
With its top runners sitting out the race for various reasons, the Liberty Bell High School varsity boys’ cross-country team finished an uncharacteristic fourth at last week’s Mt. Cashmere Meet.
But the varsity girls, middle school boys’ and middle school girls’ teams made up for it by all taking first place in the four-school race.
Coach Craig Herlihy said the varsity boys’ top runners were held out for a variety of reasons, but also in anticipation of the Mountain Lions’ only home meet of the year — the B League championships on Saturday (Oct. 24). That meet is also a tune-up for the district championships the following weekend in Wenatchee, Herlihy said. Ten schools will be represented at the Saturday meet.
Liberty Bell has won the varsity boys’ championship for four consecutive years. This year, the girls’ varsity squad finally has enough runners to constitute a competitive team.
Freshman Athena Milani continued her impressive season with a win in the girls’ varsity race over 2.5 miles on a hilly course at Mt. Cashmere Golf Course. Despite not feeling well at the start, senior Ella Hall claimed third place. Also in the top 10 for Liberty Bell were freshmen Ava Mott and Icel Sukovaty, fifth and sixth respectively.
In the middle school girls’ 1.5-mile race, Liberty Bell took five of the first 10 positions, with eighth-graders Novie McCabe, Gretta Scholz and Rivers Leeman going one-two-three. Seventh-graders Liv Aspholm and Lindsay Worrell finished fifth and seventh respectively.
Eighth-grader Walker Hall led the Mountain Lion finishers in the middle school boys’ 1.5-mile race with a second-place finish. Seventh-graders Travis Grialou and Ian DeLong were not far behind in fifth and sixth place, followed by seventh-graders Erick Lopez in 12th and Andrew Kominak in 13th.
The top Liberty Bell finisher in the varsity boys’ 2.5-mile run was freshman Peter Aspholm in 13th place.
In the most recent poll ranking 1B/2B teams statewide, the varsity girls’ team was ranked second and the boys’ team was ranked sixth.
Saturday’s events begin at 11 a.m. After the boys’ and girls’ varsity races, there will be a free fun run open to the public at about 12:15 p.m., Herlihy said.