Runners from the Chuckanut Raptors Running Club excelled in the 6.5 mile race at the annual Lake Samish Run event on January 7, 2018, capturing 7 of the top 8 places (128 runners completed the race). The scenic race course goes completely around Lake Samish, which is located in the Chuckanut Mountains just south of Bellingham, WA. The event was organized by the Greater Bellingham Running Club. The day of the race was very chilly with heavy rain. Nonetheless, the youth runners from the Raptors Club thrived in the challenging conditions. Congratulations to following runners from the club: Kristin Garcia – 1st place woman’s division (and 5th overall); Abbas Theophilus – 2nd place men’s division; Justin Burgess – 3rd place men’s division; Landon Sturdevant – 4th place men’s division; Coach Peter Oviatt – 5th place men’s division; Jaskaran Dhatt – 6th place men’s division; and Maldonado Avendano – 7th place men’s division. Full race results are available here.
The USATF Junior Olympics Region 13 Cross Country meet was held on November 18, 2017 at Woodland Park in Seattle. The Regional meet is open to athletes who qualified the previous week at their Association meet. Region 13 covers the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, plus northern Idaho. Three club members competed at the meet: Greta Watson (8th place, 9-10 year old girls), Heath Terry (71st, 9-10 boys), and Asa Danforth (27th, 15-18 boys). Due to wet weather, the course conditions were very challenging — a fine job done by all runners. Based on their placings, Greta and Asa qualified for the Junior Olympics National meet in Tallahassee, Fl to be held in December!
The USATF Junior Olympics Association Cross Country meet was held on November 11, 2017 at Woodland Park in Seattle. The Association meet is open to athletes who live in western Washington state (west of the Cascades). The Woodland Park course is very challenging, with many elevation changes, turns, and uneven ground. For this event, the course was even more challenging than usual due to heavy rain and soggy conditions. Three club members competed at the meet: Greta Watson (2nd place, 9-10 year old girls, 3k), Heath Terry (29th, 9-10 boys, 3k), and Asa Danforth (14th, 15-18 boys, 5k). All three athletes ran well and qualified for the JO Regional meet. Congratulations to Greta, Heath, and Asa!