Editors Note: Senior Alex Peer is a runner on this year’s cross-country team. Alex has indicated an interest in sports writing and has offered to write cross-country articles for GoLakeChelan.com under the guidance of Richard Uhlhorn and Dennis Rahm. This mentorship is meant to help Alex gain a better understanding of sports journalism by actually doing the work of a sports journalist. His first story is below. We think you will see that he has some real talent.
This year’s Chelan Cross-Country Team is 21 runners strong and will compete very well in the Caribou Trail League under the coaching guidance of Coaches Mark Anderson and Jack Rutter.
Shadle Park Invite By Alex Peer
The Chelan Cross Country team traveled to Shadle Park High School in Spokane on September 15 for its’ second meet this season.
Highlander Invitational was the biggest invite this weekend in the whole east side of the state. But Chelan runners were ready for any competition whether it was Mead, Ferris, Southridge, or Richland.
In the Freshman boys race, Jesse Shockley stayed competitive throughout and placed 40th out of 150 boys.
The Freshman girls ran extremely well; leading the way was Sarah Waskewitz who took 14th, followed by Mari Schramm in 18th. Lindsey Fox came in 20th. Other Freshman girls were Maddie Knaub, Alisha Dodge and Cody Knaub.
The Sophomore boys race was the biggest race of the day and Justin Bettis lead the way. Next in line were Hank Burton, Ian Wyant, and Andrew Jenkins.
Next up were Beth Wold and Madison Cogswell in the combined girls race. This race consisted of girls that were attending schools of 600 kids or less. Beth and Madison both ran strong and managed to stay competitive by running very quick times.
The Junior boys race was next. Chase Anderson and Tyler Clark ran well but missed placing in the top 20, Chase Anderson was pleased with his race running an impressive time of . Tyler Clark also ran very steady and competitive in this race.
The varsity girls race was the last girls race of the day. Competing in this race was Gabby Guillen. The varsity girls race is usually for seniors but Coach Anderson wanted to push Gabby against her competitors. Gabby was very competitive although she didn’t place in the Top 20 her time was very fast and keep in mind she’s just a sophomore.
As the lone Senior on the CHS cross- country team I had the entire cross-country team, fans and parents from Chelan rooting for me. This race was packed with an estimated 150 competitors, but I wasn’t intimidated and ran the best race of my high school career running a .
This coming Saturday, the team travels to Spokane for the Spokane Valley Runners Invitational.