In many ways, these are the most important races of the season for area cross country runners. All the work and all the racing this fall has pointed state hopefuls to this moment.
Today and Friday, teams and individuals chase Nov. 7 state trips to Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco through various district and regional meets.
4A-3A – The regional GSL-CBBN meet is Friday at Wandermere Golf Course. It begins with 3A girls at 2:30 p.m., followed at half-hour intervals by 4A girls, 3A boys and 4A boys.
•Four 4A teams and other individuals among the top 20 qualify for state in each. Ferris’ boys, third in state last year, Lewis and Clark and University battle Eisenhower, Southridge and Walla Walla. Central Valley’s girls, third in state a year ago, Mead and LC battle Richland, Eisenhower and Wenatchee.
•Two 3A boys and girls teams qualify, plus individuals in the top 10. North Central’s boys are seeking a fourth straight State 3A championship and Shadle Park will be among the state girls favorites. Mt. Spokane’s boys and girls eye returns.
2A – Friday at Plantes Ferry Park, 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Three teams and individuals in the top 15 advance. Colville, Cheney, Deer Park and Riverside are in the mix for boys and girls.
1A – Today in Chewelah, 2:45, 3:30 p.m.
Two teams and individuals in the top 10 advance. Freeman won the Northeast A League and its five-runner depth threatens defending state boys champ Lakeside.
B – District 5/6/7, Friday at Plantes Ferry Park, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Six teams from the boys race and three from the girls advance to state. The district produced four of the top five boys state finishers last year, including favored Republic.
CBBN not as muddled
Things are a lot simpler in the Columbia Basin Big Nine when football games this week determine five teams to the playoffs. The GSL, by contrast, has any of eight scenarios with only Mead assured a berth among three.
In the CBBN it’s Cascade Division No. 1 Eisenhower (7-1, 7-0) vs. Columbia Division No. 5 Pasco (2-5, 1-5); Columbia Division No. 1 Wenatchee (8-0, 6-0) vs. Cascade No. 5 Richland (3-5, 3-4); Cascade No. 2 Kamiakin (6-2, 6-1) vs. Columbia No. 4 Kennewick (3-4, 3-3); Columbia No. 2 Southridge (6-1, 5-1) vs. Cascade No. 4 Eastmont (3-5, 3-4) and Cascade No. 3 Walla Walla (5-3, 5-2) vs. Columbia No. 3 Moses Lake (5-3, 4-2).
In the GSL, Central Valley (6-2, 5-2) is in unless the Bears lose and both University (5-3, 5-3) and Gonzaga Prep (6-2, 5-2) win. Then there would be a three-team tiebreaker.
Three scenarios have U-Hi qualifying outright, plus the Titans have three shots at a three-team mini-playoff Tuesday. Two have G-Prep advancing outright with three playoff chances. Ferris’ (5-3, 4-3) only recourse is the mini-playoff, providing it and Lewis and Clark (4-4, 3-4) are victorious Friday.
West Valley is the site of the Pac-10 champion Boise State vs. North Idaho College wrestling exhibition at 7 p.m. Saturday. The event is a fund-raiser for the Graham Baker Morin Scholarship Fund, an endeavor of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association. The cost of the event is $8 for adults and $5 for students. There will be a free kids and coaches clinic at 4 p.m.