District championship: Oct. 31 (Thursday), Franklin Park, Yakima.
State qualifiers: Top two teams and top 14 individuals.
Top returners: Jonas Price, sr., Eisenhower; Brayden Packard, jr., West Valley; Jarred Barnes, sr., Eastmont; Esteban Montemayor, sr., Davis; Anthony Carlascio, sr., West Valley; Liam Rickey, jr., West Valley; Nathan Valenzuela, sr., Eisenhower; Reid Weaver, jr., Sunnyside.
Favorite: West Valley. The Rams, who ended Eisenhower’s 12-year reign as district champion last year, return three of their top five with a strong front-runner in Packard. A state medalist in the 800 last spring and a 4:17 miler, Packard made the podium in Pasco a year ago and was the second-fastest sophomore in the field. Carlascio was WV’s No. 4 last year, spent the winter as a starter on the basketball team and then turned in 4:34, 9:57 credentials in track. The Rams have depth as well, having dominated last year’s JV district race.
Around the league: Price is aiming for nothing less than a state title after placing fifth as a sophomore and second — by less than a secoond — as a junior. The Valley’s first-ever sub-9 runner in the 3,200 last spring, Price showed his fitness last Saturday when he broke Ike’s school record in the annual 3.4-mile time trial. The Cadets return two other top-five veterans in Valenzuela and Amha Alemeneh and could threaten West Valley with the addition of a promising freshman, who ran third in the time trial. ... Montemayor made a huge jump last year, improving 18 places at the district meet with a 10th-place run that would’ve qualified for state if it hadn’t been in a single-berth year. ... Barnes was another one of the CBBN’s solid underclassmen last year behind Price and Packard. He was fourth at district and 44th at state, then dropped his track bests to 4:23 and 9:39 in the spring.
Preseason state poll — Class 4A: 1, Tahoma; 2, Camas; 3, Gonzaga Prep; 4, Mead; 5, Lewis & Clark; 6, University; 7, Olympia; 8, Jackson; 9, Central Valley; 10, Glacier Peak. Class 3A: 1, Kamiakin; 2, North Central; 3, Blanchet; 4, Arlington; 5, Interlake; 6, Stadium; 7, Peninsula; 8, Central Kitsap; 9, Shelton; 10, Edmonds-Woodway.
Top returners: Ashlyn Hill, sr., Eastmont; McKenna White, jr., Wenatchee; Rachel Argento, jr., West Valley; Renelle Christensen, sr., Davis; Ciera Reyes, so., Eisenhower; Carlie Gregg, sr., Moses Lake; Hannah Hilton, so., Eisenhower; Camille Carpenter, sr., Moses Lake.
Favorite: Eisenhower. The Cadets extended their run of district titles to nine straight last year despite having the program’s youngest team ever with five freshmen. This year’s crew will, however, need a new leader with the graduation of 2018 district champion Madi Oliva. Based on last Saturday’s team time trial, Reyes has moved into that position as she led a group of four sophomores with a 2.4-mile time 42 seconds faster than last year. Hilton was a strong second at the time trial.
Around the league: West Valley will be a stout contender for a trip to state with four of the top five returning from a team that placed third at district just four points out of second. Argento was a state qualifier in her first year of cross country for the Rams, who added to their roster all-CBBN soccer player Lilly Fetzer, who has 2:20, 5:24 credentials from track. ... Christensen is a three-time state qualifier who has never been out of the top 10 at district, placing eighth (2016), sixth (2017) and fifth (2018). After that first-place run at district last year Christensen produced a clutch performance at state with the CBBN’s fastest time of 19:50.
Preseason state poll — Class 4A: 1, Camas; 2, Lewis & Clark; 3, Glacier Peak; 4, Bellarmine Prep; 5, South Kitsap; 6, Jackson; 7, Redmond; 8, Jefferson; 9, Emerald Ridge; 10, Ferris. Class 3A: 1, North Central; 2, Kamiakin; 3, Eastside Catholic; 4, Holy Names; 5, Snohomish; 6, Blanchet; 7, Central Kitsap; 8, Arlington; 9, Ballard; 10, Stadium.
District-regional championship: Nov. 2 (Saturday), Apple Ridge Run, Naches Heights.
State qualifiers: Top four teams and top 28 individuals.
Top returners: Shea Mattson, sr., Selah; Haiden Drury, sr., Toppenish; Patrick Adkisson, sr., Ellensburg; Cooper Quigley, so., Selah; Kolby Tune, sr., Ephrata; Zachary Mathias, sr., Ellensburg; Cesar Loza, so., Wapato; Jesus Virrueta, sr., Wapato.
Favorite: Ellensburg. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs have been duking it out with rival Selah for years and they’ll do it again this season, but EHS gets the nod here with its entire top five back. Adkisson was the team’s front-runner as a junior, leading his crew to eighth at state with a 15-second split between its No. 2 and 5 runners. Ellensburg did lose state qualifier (and javelin standout) Branden Wise, who moved to Ridgefield.
Around the league: Selah, ranked seventh, owns a four-year run of 9-0 sweeps in CWAC duals and Mattson will lead the effort to keep that streak going. The three-year veteran of the Pasco circuit, who was on the podium in eighth a year ago, broke through last spring with a state runner-up finish in the 1,600 and a school record of 9:17 in the 3,200. The Vikings are going to have a stout 1-2 with Quigley, who was last year’s No. 2 and the highest-placing freshman at state. In last Saturday’s team time trial Quigley was just two seconds behind Mattson. ... Drury, a two-time state wrestling champion, was only three seconds away from the state podium in 19th last year. ... Loza and Virrueta will lead a strong crew at Wapato, which returns four of five from a team that placed third at district last year. The Wolves have a new head coach in Anselma Azurin.
Preseason state poll: 1, Sehome; 2, Mountlake Terrace; 3, Pullman; 4, Steilacoom; 5, Ellensburg; 6, North Kitsap; 7, Selah; 8, Sammamish; 9, Eatonville; 10, Ridgefield.
Top returners: Leah Holmgren, sr., Ellensburg; Kate Laurent, so., Ellensburg; Crystal Colin, so., Wapato; Nicole DeHerrera, sr., Selah; Jane Kennedy, jr., Quincy; Adrianna Redstar, so., Ephrata; Kaleigh Dalrymple, sr., Selah; Shelbi Schmidt, so., Selah.
Favorite: Ellensburg. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs have a contender for the individual state title in Holmgren and, moreover, they have perhaps the state’s best 1-2 punch with Laurent. Holmgren was third in Pasco last year behind two seniors and she broke school records in the 1,600 and 3,200 in the spring. Laurent was runner-up to Holmgren in the regional meet and 14th at state as a freshman. Coach Jeff Hashimoto also returns last year’s No. 4, Madison Thompson.
Around the league: Selah missed out on a trip to state last year in a brutally tough regional, which saw the three qualifiers place first, third and fifth in Pasco. Expect the Vikings, who have posted three straight 9-0 seasons in CWAC duals, to bounce back with DeHerrera back at the front. Dalrymple won the team time trial last Saturday, and the Vikings have several freshmen with strong potential. ... Colin’s debut season was impressive as she placed third at regional and just missed the podium in 17th at state. She followed up in the spring with track times of 2:28 and 5:27. ... Good news for the CWAC boys and girls: the regional meet with the Great Northern League will increase its state berths from three teams to four.
Preseason state poll: 1, West Valley-Spokane; 2, Cedarcrest; 3, Sehome; 4, Ellensburg; 5, Bellingham; 6, Pullman; 7, Liberty; 8, Port Angeles; 9, North Kitsap; 10, White River.
District championship: Oct. 31 (Thursday), Apple Ridge Run, Naches Heights.
State qualifiers — Boys: Top three teams and 21 individuals. Girls: Top two teams and 14 individuals.
Top returners: Dallin Price, jr., Connell; Yerik Arellano, sr., Wahluke; Trey Connolly, sr., Highland; Sterling Beasley, sr., Goldendale; Maeson Holst, sr., Connell; Billy Simpkin, jr., Kiona-Benton; Sydney John, sr., Zillah; Tanu Buck, sr., Wahluke.
Favorite: Connell. The ninth-ranked Eagles graduated two of their top three off last year’s state-podium team, but Connell returns five veterans. That includes Price, last year’s district champion as a sophomore and a three-event state qualifier in track. Connell’s No. 4 and 5 runners, who helped the team earn a third-place trophy in Pasco, were also sophomores.
Around the league: John will lead Zillah’s efforts in getting a boys team to state for the fifth year in a row. Coach Ken Johnson has good numbers with 23 boys turning out but a significant makeover at the front is required after the departure of longtime front-runners Nate Mendoza and Wade Koerner. ... Connelly qualified for state in his first year of cross country and is a two-time state track qualifier in the 800. ... Goldendale is a good bet for a return trip to Pasco as Beasley returns with three other teammates who placed third at district a year ago. Moreover, coach Juli Rising has five freshmen out to add depth.
Preseason state poll: 1, Cascade; 2, Lakeside; 3, Charles Wright; 4, King’s; 5, Medical Lake; 6, South Whidbey; 7, White Salmon; 8, Klahowya; 9, Connell; 10, Zillah.
Top returners: Ellie Rising, sr., Goldendale; Joelle Shields, jr., Naches Valley; Abby Hedges, sr., Goldendale; Claudia Olivares, sr., Wahluke; Kimberly Chestnut, sr., Goldendale; Sydney Gilbert, jr., Royal; Jade Smith, sr., Goldendale; Aliyah Finch, so., Royal.
Favorite: Goldendale. No-brainer here since the Timberwolves won last year’s district title by 15 points and return all five scorers, including a strong leader in Rising. Goldendale had a remarkable 2018 considering it had only five runners, all juniors who stayed healthy and placed 11th at state. That core is back for its final run as seniors and the team has picked up a freshman. After a runner-up finish as a sophomore, Rising dominated district last year with a 32-second victory.
Around the league: Zillah has a run of 15 straight years with a girls team at state and the Leopards have 10 out this season, including senior leader Jessica McDonald, hoping to keep the streak going. It won’t be easy since the SCAC girls are down to two berths this fall. ... Shields made a big jump up as a sophomore, placing third at district to shave nine places from her freshman finish. She followed up in the spring by qualifying for state in the 1,600 and 3,200.
Preseason state poll: 1, Lakeside; 2, King’s; 3, Northwest; 4, Seton Catholic; 5, Colville; 6, La Center; 7, Zillah; 8, Klahowya; 9, Cashmere; 10, Goldendale.
District 5-6 championship: Oct. 30 (Wednesday), Blue Heron Park, Moses Lake.
State qualifiers — Boys: Top four teams and 28 individuals. Girls: Top three teams and 21 individuals.
Top local returners: Christian Arriaga, jr., Bickleton; Isaac Immel, so., Riverside Christian; Noah Sanchez, jr., White Swan.
Around the league: Arriaga has qualified for Pasco in each of the last two years and teammate Luke Binfet joined him last season as an eighth-grader. ... Immel has been to state two years in a row as well, improving from 85th as an eighth-grader to 41st last year. As a freshman in track last spring he competed in three events and medaled in the 800 and 1,600. ... Tri-Cities Prep senior Jacoby Wieber is the top returner in the region.
Preseason state poll: 1, Northwest Christian-Lacey; 2, Pope John Paul II; 3, Manson; 4, Asotin; 5, Colfax; 6, Life Christian; 7, Ilwaco; 8, Cedar Tree Christian; 9, Valley Christian; 10, Wilbur-Creston.
Top local returners: Briley Bock, so., White Swan; Kiana Castilleja, sr., White Swan; Haylee Andrews, so., Bickleton.
Around the league: White Swan earned the program’s first-ever trip to state last year and returns its top two runners in Bock and Castilleja, a tandem that helped the Cougars earn a No. 8 ranking in the preseason state poll. In her varsity debut Bock won the District 5 2B-1B title, placed fifth at the bi-district meet and 28th at state. Castilleja is aiming for a third straight trip to Pasco. ... Rick Maib, who coached at La Salle last year, is now at Yakama Tribal. ... Three-time state champion Novie McCabe will lead another title contender at Liberty Bell.
Preseason state poll: 1, Liberty Bell; 2, Northwest Christian-Lacey; 3, Cedar Tree Christian; 4, Colfax; 5, Pope John Paul II; 6, Ilwaco; 7, Kettle Falls; 8, White Swan; 9, Asotin; 10, Rainier.