Spartan cross country boys, girls earn top 10 finish at state championships

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  • (Photo courtesy LANCE CLARK) Priest River freshman Annika Rantala led the Spartan girls team to a 10th place finish at the state cross country championships Oct. 28.

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    (Photo courtesy LANCE CLARK) Amber Johnston and Kymara Fulton raced the clock at the state cross country championships Oct. 28. The PRLHS girls team finished in 10th place statewide.

  • (Photo courtesy LANCE CLARK) Priest River freshman Annika Rantala led the Spartan girls team to a 10th place finish at the state cross country championships Oct. 28.

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    (Photo courtesy LANCE CLARK) Amber Johnston and Kymara Fulton raced the clock at the state cross country championships Oct. 28. The PRLHS girls team finished in 10th place statewide.

EAGLE — The Spartan cross country boys and girls teams finished in the top 10 statewide here Oct. 28. Boys team leaders Cameron Parkes and Caleb Gleason took 18th and 29th place respectively with their times of 17:27 and 17:56. Slava Negrieiev finished 40th in 18:20, Jordan Phillips 19:24, Kyler Lord 20:48, and Spencer Sedgwick 21:11. Girls team leader Annika Rantala finished 28th in 21:46, followed by Izzie Schmidt in 22:43, Amber Johnston 23:52, Katelynn Marks 24:03, Sharnai Hogan 24:03, Kymara Fulton 24:04, and Julia Rantala 25:33. The boys team took ninth place, and the girls team took 10th place.

Head coach Lance Clark said the boys team lost its third runner thanks to a hotel poolside injury, and its seventh runner during another race. Of the six boys that ran, the top two started off too fast, and Gleason had some leg troubles. Clark singled out alternate Kyler Lord, who was the only Spartan to post a season-best time at states.

“If we would have had all of our boys runners at their best, I feel that there was no doubt that we could have gotten 3rd or 4th place. I look forward to seeing how they do next year with a good number of great runners coming up from the program at the Junior High. I think the boys will take a trophy home next year if all the new runners join the team next year.”

Clark praised Rantala, who had a tremendous year for a freshman runner, and Schmidt who consistently ran well this year.

“I feel that the girls are a young team and are only going to get better with the leadership of our volunteer coach Steffie Pavey and myself helping them achieve their goals. I feel that it was a great learning experience for both groups. I am proud of the all of them for giving their all this year. I want to thank all of those who put the time in with our athletes this year, especially, Steffie, Annette, Bretta, and Brittany.”

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