Marauders off to record-breaking start | Cross country

By David Pan | Sep 27, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Kara Sevigny finished fifth in a Wesco 4A meet against Kamiak and Monroe at McCollum Park.

It’s early, but so far the Mariner boys and girls cross country teams are off to a strong start.

“We’ve got kids running all-time best times for distances and we’re only in the second competitive week,” Marauder coach Dave McFadden. said after a Wesco 4A meet with Kamiak and Monroe. “I think the kids did some smart training, a little harder this summer. Some good things are happening.”

Mariner senior Brandon Lopez finished third in the boys race and sophomore Kara Sevigny took fifth in the girls race. She was followed by sophomore Kyla Ojalehto, who was sixth.

Both Marauder squads have some experience but have more inexperience and younger runners.

“Our focus right now is on competing and I think from what I saw we did a pretty good job of that today,” McFadden said

The boys were without No. 2 runner sophomore Gunnar Steen, who injured a shoulder in an Ultimate Frisbee mishap. Lopez is the Marauders’ lone senior with the rest of the team made up of mostly sophomores and freshmen. Junior Sam Hernandez finished 13th and freshman John Percival placed 21th. Sophomore Sahizpreet Saran was 24th.

The Mariner girls will be relying on seniors Suzy Pace (eighth) and twin sisters Caitlynne (22nd) and Carleanne Hasbrouck (29th) to help the younger runners.

“Half the team has never run cross country before,” McFadden said. “It’s their first time ever.”

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