2017 Cascade Conference Cross Country All Conference Team
Naomi Smith KING'S 10
Elsie Dombek Cedarcrest 10
Kaia Swegler Rich. South Whidbey 9
Allison Perrow KING’S 12
Kelly Hall Cedarcrest 12
Megan Dorney A.T.M. 12
Alicia Krivanek Cedarcrest 12
Kate Vergillo Cedarcrest 11
Jenae McInnes KING’S 10
Gretta Gunning KING'S 11
MaryCate Babcock Cedarcrest 12
Alexandra Kurtz South Whidbey 11
Clara Wiederholt A.T.M. 10
Aryia Farnworth Cedarcrest 9
Girls Coach of the Year:
Bruce McDowell - Cedarcrest

Josh Rauvola ATM 12
Grant VanValkenburg Cedarcrest 12
Ben Benson Cedarcrest 11
Cameron Chew KING’S 12
Isaac Cortes Granite Falls 10
Emmett Klaiber Cedarcrest 12
Aiden Holm Granite Falls 12
Callahan Yale South Whidbey 11
Colby Crispeno KING’S 10
Bryce Hefner Cedarcrest 11
Anthony Hart KING’S 11
Ryan LaTurner Cedarcrest 11
Justin Young Cedarcrest 12
Brady Shaw Cedarcrest 10
Boys Coach of the Year:
Bruce McDowell - Cedarcrest

King’s boys XC, football each win 1A academic state title
• By Doug Flanagan 
The King’s boys cross country and football teams won 1A state academic championships.
The harriers had a collective grade-point average of 3.85, while the football players posted a cumulative 3.40 GPA.
So much of King’s academic success “is because of the school culture. Athletics are secondary here,” Knights coach cross country coach Rod Wilcox said. “It’s rare that I’ll have three-quarters of my team at practice on any given day because kids will take days off to do homework. And they aren’t taking easy classes — everyone on the team takes at least one Advanced Placement class during the season.”
Three King’s boys runners — Cameron Chew, Colby Crispeno and Anthony Hart — qualified for the 1A state meet. In the girls race, sophomore Naomi Smith placed seventh, leading the Knights to a sixth-place team finish.
“Our girls team was the second-fastest team in school history,” Wilcox said. “Naomi was the second-best sophomore (at the state meet), so her future looks good. This was one of my favorite years (of coaching). They took care of business in the classroom and are leaders in school. It was a fun group to work with, full of high-character kids.”

That's right. King's Cross Country has taken at least one team to State every year for the last 27 years. In 2017, the girls team qualified and are ranked 6th in State. The Lady Knights are led by sophomore Naomi Smith who is ranked 6th in State herself. Senior Captain Allison Perrow will make her third run at State and hopes to push her team onto the top 4 team podium. Rounding out the team is Jenae McInnes, Gretta Gunning, Alexandra Christophilis, Allie Fattizzi and Ali Stuller. Three boys also qualified to State individually. They are Senior Cameron Chew, sophomore Colby Crispeno and Junior Anthony Hart. Godspeed.

2A Cedarcrest won both team titles for the 8th year in a row.

Both girls and boys cross country teams finished 2nd place at the Cascade Conference Championships.

Naomi Smith, in her first year of cross country, won the girls title with a 5K time of 19:00.

The boys team was led by Cameron Chew's 4th place time of 16:57.

Allison Perrow raced to a personal record of 20:12, placing 4th.

Colby Crispeno finished 9th with a time of 17:24.

1st Team All Cascade Conference

Naomi Smith, Camerona Chew, Allison Perrow

2nd Team All Cascade Conference

Colby Crispeno, Anthony Hart, Jenae McInnes, Greta Gunning


Other notable

Varsity girls - Alex Christophilis, Ali Stuller, Emma Hutcheson, Grace Jackson

Varsity boys - Pierce Papke, Cody Chew, Nathan Molvik, Jeffrey Weber, Jason Labusky, Titus Shorack

JV girls - Grace Hutcheson, Hannah Limb, Pamela Rodriguez

JV boys - Kristian Poulson, Dalton Schwab, Ben Gardner

Edmonds Beacon Article

Sep 28, 2017

Coach: Kris Maraveller, 17th year

Top runners: Senior Colin Knechtel is a two-time state participant. He finished 45th at last year’s 3A boys state championships. At this month’s Carl Westling South Whidbey Invitational, Knechtel placed 28th. Freshmen Lance Brodenhausen, Thomas Stancik and Cole Sargent were 73rd, 77th and 81st. The top finishers in the girls race were freshman Ellie Lynch (71st), senior Kiara Dailer (72nd), freshman Clara Schmidt (73th) and sophomore Maya Dailer (76th).

From the coach: “We have several freshman boys in varsity currently. This is a young team, lots of inexperience but good talent. We have six sets of siblings on our team.”


Coach: Rod Wilcox, 22nd year

Top runners: The boys team is led by senior Cameron Chew. He placed 18th at state last year. The Knights’ top girl is sophomore Jenae McInnes who was 40th at state with a personal best time. Newcomer sophomore Naomi Smith is looking to run with the lead pack in every race this season. She is coming off of a great track season. Smith switched from volleyball to cross country this year. “She is just starting to learn this sport, but her work ethic and talent indicate a great future,” Wilcox said.

From the coach: “The girls have qualified to state as a team in 16 of the last 17 years. They plan on not only getting back to Pasco but getting back on the podium for the 14th time in the last 18 years. My boys team failed to qualify to state last year for only the third time in the last 26 years. They don’t plan to make it two years in a row without traveling to Pasco.”


Prep cross country preview: 5 storylines to watch
Doug Flanagan
Tue Sep 12th, 2017 10:57pm

Here are five storylines to watch from the local cross country scene this fall:
1. Glacier Peak will be the class of Wesco 4A boys. Most of the Grizzlies’ top runners return, including Riley McDowell, who placed 21st at last year’s 4A state meet. “McDowell is the (conference) favorite,” said Timberwolves coach Eric Hruschka. Jackson also returns most of its core group, including Joseph Skoog, who finished in 30th place at last year’s 4A state meet. Lake Stevens should also be in the mix. “Glacier Peak has to be the favorite to repeat (as conference champion),” Hruschka said. “Jackson and Lake Stevens will have to fight for the final state berth like last fall.”
2. Taylor Roe towers over the Wesco 4A girls scene. It’s impossible to ignore the achievements of Lake Stevens’ Roe, perhaps the state’s most accomplished prep distance runner. She won 4A state championships in her freshman and sophomore years, and there’s no apparent reason to think she won’t strongly contend for another championship this fall. However, Glacier Peak, featuring Brooke Wallace and Alexis Palmer, should be the top Wesco 4A team in 2017, according to Hruschka. Kamiak will challenge as well, led by Alicia Anderson, who finished second in the 1,600-meter run at last spring’s 4A state track and field meet. And “rumor is (the) Jackson girls are greatly improved,” Vikings coach Cliff Chaffee said.
3. The Edmonds-Woodway girls are a powerhouse. The Warriors finished second in the team standings at last year’s 3A state meet, and are well-positioned for a similar run this fall; three of their top four state finishers from a year ago — Yukino Parle (seventh place), Olivia Meader-Yetter (eighth) and Stephanie Wroblewski (15th) — return. They’re ranked No. 1 in the preseason 3A Washington State Cross Country Coaches Poll. Shorecrest, Snohomish, Shorewood and Stanwood should also have strong squads, Warriors coach Alan Bonney said. Other runners to watch: The Scots’ Lillian Visser (14th place at last year’s state meet) and Megan Campbell of Snohomish. On the boys side, Edmonds-Woodway is the favorite, but Bonney said Snohomish, Arlington, Everett and Shorewood should contend. Some of the top returning runners include Jordan Erickson (Everett), Colin Knechtel (Meadowdale), Dawson Andrews (Arlington), Grant Christian (Edmonds-Woodway) and Matt Goddard (Snohomish).
4. ‘Cedarcrest is a beast team.’ That’s the opinion of Cedar Park Christian coach Andy Gist, who dubbed the Red Wolves the Cascade Conference favorite on the boys and girls sides. Cedarcrest’s boys finished second in the team standings at last year’s 2A state meet and return most of their nucleus, including Grant Van Valkenburg, who finished fifth in last year’s state meet. Cedarcrest is ranked No. 1 in the preseason 2A state coaches poll. “On the boys side, the biggest storylines will be the battle up front between Josh (Rauvola of Archbishop Murphy) and Grant, as well as which of the other teams can have the better fourth and fifth runners to allow them to stand apart from the other teams,” Red Wolves coach Bruce McDowell said. On the girls side, Cedarcrest is led by Alicia Krivanek, who placed 23rd at last year’s state meet, and Elsie Dombeck. Other top runners include Megan Dorney and Mackenzie Ryan, both of Archbishop Murphy. “The biggest storylines are the impact of (King’s sophomore) Naomi (Smith) running … as well as whether King’s can dethrone Cedarcrest,” McDowell said. “The Cedarcrest girls have won the Conference title for nine straight years. Can they make it 10?”
5. There’s no doubt Naomi Smith will have an instant impact on the Cascade Conference in her first year of cross country. Smith had a great freshman season for the Knights’ track and field team, placing fourth in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the 1A state meet. She’s turning out for cross country for the first time this fall. “She will be a major contender at the conference and state level,” Knights coach Rod Wilcox said. “(She) honestly looks to be better suited for cross country with the strength required to survive the hills and trails. I have been coaching at King’s for 26 years and I haven’t seen many like her. Naomi has a combination of work ethic and talent that is very rare. She is presently running with my boys team to get a challenge, and she is keeping the guys on their toes. No one wants to lose to her, but not many can beat her.”


David Pan, Edmonds Beacon

Nov 10, 2016

For the 21st year in a row, King's qualified a team to the State Cross Country Championships. This year it was the girls team who qualified and placed 9th at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Cameron Chew was King’s top finisher at the 1A state boys cross country meet. Chew placed 18th overall. Matt Jackson was 23rd. In the girls race, King’s Jenae McInnes was 40th and Greta Gunning was 45th. Allison Perrow, Grace Hutcheson, Emma Hutcheson, Ali Stuller and Emily Northey completed the team.

Boys Coach of the Year: Bruce McDowell (Cedarcrest)

Boys First Team

Josh Rauvola Archbishop Murphy 11

Ryan Abdalla Cedar Park Christian 12

Grant Van Valkenburg Cedarcrest 11

Ian Fay Cedarcrest 12

Ben Benson Cedarcrest 11

Callahan Yale South Whidbey 10

Matt Jackson King’s 12

Boys Second Team

Cameron Chew King’s 11

Isaac Cortes Granite Falls 9

Emmett Klaiber Cedarcrest 11

Aiden Holm Granite Falls 11

Chase Bolin Cedarcrest 12

Cory Ackerman South Whidbey 12

Daniel Murphy Cedarcrest 11

Cross Country All Conference

Girls Coach of the Year: Bruce McDowell (Cedarcrest)

Girls First Team

Alicia Krivanek Cedarcrest 11

Madi Shinn Cedarcrest 12

Teresa Barron Archbishop Murphy 12

Sophia Morgan South Whidbey 12

Lily Krueger Cedarcrest 12

Elsie Dombek Cedarcrest 9

Megan Dorney Archbishop Murphy 11

Girls Second Team

Ryan Mackenzie Archbishop Murphy 11

Kelly Hall Cedarcrest 11

MaryCate Babcock Cedarcrest 11

Kate Vergillo Cedarcrest 11

Maddie Brown Cedar Park Christian 11

Allison Perrow King’s 11

Led by junior Matt Jackson's 8th place finish, King's boys cross country team placed 4th at the WIAA State Championships held at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Washington. This is the 11th time in the last 16 years that King's boys cross country team has placed in the top 4 teams at state.

Captain Matt Jackson ran a personal record of 16.29.3 on the challenging Sun Willows course. This was a 29 second season record for Matt. The second runner for King's was sophomore Cameron Chew who placed 42nd running 17:31 (a 13 second personal record). Next was junior Jonathan Billing placing 43rd running 17:34 (a 34 second personal record). Freshman Lewi Hagos followed placing 51st running 17:44.2 (a 30 second personal record). Another freshman, Anthony Hart placed 64th running 17:54.5 (a 46 second personal record). Sophomore Roman Billing placed 72nd running 18:00.3 ( just missing his personal record while limping with an injury). Rounding out the team was sophomore Connor McElmurry placing 97th running 18:30.8 (his second best race ever). With no senior on the team, 2016 looks to be a memorable year for the knights.

King's boys and girls cross country teams also won the state academic awards with grade point averages of boys - 3.83 and girls - 3.93.