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Okanogan County B schools Liberty Bell, Lake Roosevelt, Pateros and Oroville were represented at this year's WIAA Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab State Cross Country Championships in Pasco on Saturday.
Oroville Junior Sierra Spieker led the girl's race from start to finish and claimed her second individual state championship in three years. Spieker covered the 3.1 mile course in 18 minutes, 58.4 seconds. She was pushed most of the way by senior Anna Henry of Northwest Christian Colbert, creating some distance between two and two and a half miles, then pulling away to her 10 second win in the final quarter mile up and over Heartbreak Hill to the finish line. Third place Hailey Bredesen, a senior from Northwest Christian of Lacey was a full minute behind Spieker. Pateros runner Rhiannon Easter finished 43rd at 23:35 and Liberty Bell junior Lilly Schlotzhauer (shlotz-hour) completed the course in 52nd place at 25:21. The Oroville girls placed 7th as a team and Lake Roosevelt was 8th.
Liberty Bell's Boy's team finished 7th out of 16 in the team standings, improving from last year's 9th place result. The Mountain Lions were lead by junior Liam Daily who ran with the lead pack for much of the race, finishing 7th in the field of 129 with a time of 17:03. Daily's 7th place finish improves his 8th place finish at last year's State Meet. Other Mountain Lion finishers included junior Morgan Ott (61st), seniors Nolan Jensen (62nd) and Taylor Woodruff (64th), sophomore Willy Duguay (67th) and seniors Justin McMillan (93rd) and Tim Lewis (94th). This was the third straight appearance for Liberty Bell at the State Meet, a feat not accomplished since the Methow Valley School sent a full boys team for 5 consecutive years from 1997-2001.
Tri Cities Prep won their third straight B title in Boys, NW Christian Colbert was 2nd, followed by Onalaska, Asotin, NW Christian Lacey, Republic, Liberty Bell, Mossyrock, Waitsburg-Prescott and Cross Point Academy. NW Christian Lacey made it 7 consecutive team titles in the Girls B classification, no other school has won the title since the B's were split from the 1A's in 2006.
The Manson Trojans made their first ever trip to the State Meet as a team and placed a respectable 12th, ahead of all the entries from the Seattle/North Puget Sound region. Top runner for the Trojans was Angel Garcia in 43rd place. Miguel Leyva placed 73rd, Sam Thomas was 76th, Olegario Orozco 82nd, Salvador Russel 109th and Jesse Russel 110th.
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