Anderson, Clark lead Kamiak girls | Cross country

Kamiak standout coming off a 2nd place finish in the 1,600 at state meet
By David Pan | Sep 27, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark lead the field at a Wesco 4A meet against Mariner and Monroe Thursday, Sept. 21, at McCollum Park in Everett.

Kamiak’s Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark finished ahead of the field in last week’s Wesco 4A girls cross country meet with Mariner and Monroe.

The Knights’ top two runners took first and second place and helped Kamiak to a second-place finish Thursday, Sept. 21, at McCollum Park in Everett.

Anderson, who placed second in the 1,600-meter and fifth in the 3,200 race at last season’s state track championships, finished the 5k course in 20 minutes, 23 seconds. Clark was close behind in 20:29.70 and was followed by two Monroe runners – Savannah Hastings (20:56.80) and Kaley Maurer (21:39.50) and Mariner’s Kara Sevigny (21:39.50) and Kyla Ojalehto (21:42.80). The Bearcats won the team competition, scoring 34 points. Kamiak placed second with 40 and Mariner was third with 55.

Kamiak coach Charley LeWarne said that Anderson and Clark trained hard in the offseason.

“They ran some pretty good miles this summer,” he said. “They’re right back in place where we like to see them. It’ll be fun to see them run together and to be able to play off each other like they did today.”

Anderson’s success at the 4A state meet should bolster her confidence.

“She’s as good as it gets in the state almost” LeWarne said. “That’s what the second and fifth from last spring indicate. I think she’s got a good, scrappy cross country personality as well. Part of the adjustment for her is she’s got the tools and she’s got the talent. Now it’s a matter of believing that she belongs there.”

In the past, Anderson might have been able to run behind the leaders of the pack but she’ll likely move to more of a frontrunner role this season.

Anderson enjoys both cross country and track with no clear favorite.

“It depends on the season,” Anderson said. “By the end of the season, it probably will be cross country. When track comes around it will be track again.”

At 2016 state cross country championships, Anderson placed 123rd and the Knights were 12th in the team standings.

Anderson said her goal is to make it back to the state meet and improve on her performance.

“Hopefully, our team will have a shot to go to it as well,” she added.

LeWarne noted that Anderson and Clark have different running personas. Anderson is a strong and powerful runner, who doesn’t mind a little jostling with the elbows during races. Clark is more of a smooth, pure distance runner.

“Getting Alicia a little more smooth and Leah more scrappy, that’s the goal,” LeWarne said.

Kamiak’s Tracey Hatch placed 10th and Gloria Lee was 12th. Hatch is one of the school’s top sprinters, while Lee was the Knights’ No. 5 runner last season.

This year’s No. 5 runner is still a work in progress with a large pack behind Hatch and Lee.

“We’re still looking for a fifth person, but besides that our No. 1 through 4 are looking pretty good,” Anderson said.

“We’re looking at getting that big pack of girls up closer to Gloria and Tracey,” LeWarne added.

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