2013 XC PICTURES (Jesse Stevick's camera)
Boys and Girls Cross Country
The Polar Bear Athletics Company winter training group will begin officially on Tuesday, December 3rd, meeting at 2:40 PM outside of the weight room. Workouts will usually be completed by about 3:50 PM. Athletes will be meeting every day outside the weight room at this time, and coach Stevick will be there on most Tuesdays and Thursdays to supervise the weight room. Come and check it out or email coach Stevick (email@example.com) if you have questions.
Registration for the White Pass X-C Camp is now open. Traditionally, spots fill up very quickly for the camp (Last year it was full by October 21st). Athletes who have gone in the past thoroughly enjoy their week there and get in some excellent summer training. The majority of Olympia HS athletes will try to sign up for the first session (week 1 -- July 6th - 11th, 2014).
4A State Championships @ Sunwillows GC, Pasco (5k) – 11/9/2013 – Cold (~40o), dry, and somewhat windy
Nearly ideal racing conditions presented themselves to the 1600+ athletes competing at the WIAA State Championships at Sunwillows Golf Course in Pasco. The lady Bears took to the course before the guys; in a race won by an incredible course record-setting performance from Camas’ Alexa Effraimson (17:01), Sofia Kane captured the 7th place spot with a fine race, leading the team to a 14th place finish in the state. Ariel Wilhite once again broke twenty minutes to fill her role in the #2 Oly spot, and following her were Clara McHugh with an outstanding PR in her last high school race, Brenna Carslon, Michelle Fujji, and Maddy Goodin all close together in tidy pack. The boys race also followed a course record-breaking dual in the 3A race, with Tanner Anderson from North Central outkicking Seattle Prep’s Joe Hardy, both running a blistering 14:44. Peter Kesting ran a superb race to place 7th with a PR 5k time, a feat outdone by only one other runner in the history of Olympia High School. Ben Gilvar Parke ran undeniably a fine race for 24th overall, disappointing for him but still a terrific performance. Kyle Rapacz once again raced very well to the Oly #3 position, followed closely by Morgan Talkington, both with a sub-17 minute efforts. Noah Murry came up very clutch in the #5 position, allowing the Bears to place 12th, beating several of the sixteen best teams in the state. FULL MEET RESULTS.
Westside Classic District 3/4 @ American Lake (5k) -- 11/2/2013 -- Windy, cold, but dry
With the turbulent wind and driving rain throughout the night, the dire fate of the unstaked EZ-up tent seemed ineluctably doomed. Indeed it was either expected to be seen rolling along I-5 or floating as a tangled mass in American Lake; and so it seemed upon arrival to the meet, seeing the stalwart tent billowing upright in the wind, as though the team already had chalked up a victory. It is hard to imagine a performance more resilient and dominant than that of the EZ-up over the wind, but Peter Kesting managed just that: the first OHS individual district championship in school history, outracing every man in the field in dominating fashion and battling to the top time of the day in any classification. Ben Gilvar Parke also managed to outdo the EZ-up tent, racing to a venerable third place in a tactically beautiful performance. Working his way up through the course of the race to within seconds of an individual trip to state was Kyle Rapacz, once again coming through in the clutch with a fine finish. Rounding out the scoring varsity was Morgan Talkington, weathering a nasty fall midrace, and Charlie Merth, coming through in a huge way for the Oly #5 spot. The lady Bears also raced beautifully to a sixth place berth to state, led once again by Sofia Kane in fifth place, also earning the top Narrows League spot in the race. Ariel Wilhite also qualified individually for the state meet with a fine performance. Brenna Carlson, Clara McHugh, Maddy Goodin, and Michelle Fujji packed it up nicely for the final scoring and displacing roles. Overall some great races with both teams earning trips to state’s largest cross-country stage in Pasco. Well done! FULL MEET RESULTS.
4A Narrows League Championships @ Ft. Steilacoom (5k) – 10/23/2013 – Overcast and chilly
As most races do, the varsity guys’ race started off with a bang. Unlike most races, spectators were able to witness the number one ranked boys team in the country put on a spectacle, putting four runners under the a spectacular 15:30 in the race. Peter Kesting raced with heart for the win, and sometimes going for the win yields fifth place because the race goes out too fast; this happened today, but a gutsy effort and outstanding finish, all things considered. Ben Gilvar Parke broke the sixteen minute 5k barrier for the first time with authority in an outstanding performance, and in the same fashion Kyle Rapacz annihilated the seventeen minute 5k barrier for the first time. Coming down to a tie break for third place, the Bears are moving on to districts with a fourth place finish, putting on a metaphorical and not-unwelcomed dark horse costume for the post-Halloween Westside Classic next week. The JV guys, in their third place finish in a combined 3A/4A competition, were led by an outstanding comeback race from Noah Murry. Also earning an alternate spot for the post season with a stellar PR performance was Jacob Rossi. It should be noted that the C-team, when scored against all the other C-teams in the JV race took second place; exceptional improvements from the JV guys were innumerous, but several cannot not be noted (the importance of which can be seen from the use of double negative, which grammatically only happens in the highest levels of importance and/or excitement) -- namely, Ben Riley, Ryan Staley, Brook Moore, Jakob Steen, Max Leung-Wagner, Casey Ryan, Ian Cates-Doglio, Marshall Graham, and Noah Firth. The Lady Bears performed magnificently, garnering PR’s and truly racing the competition to a third place team finish. Sofia Kane, Ariel Wilhite, Brenna Carlson, and Clara McHugh all earned ribbons/individual qualifying spots to Districts; rounding out the scoring varsity, also with an exceptional PR time was Maddy Goodin. Michelle Fujji came up clutch in her displacing role in the Bears’ narrow besting of the Tides. The JV ladies squeaked out a second place finish over the Tides as well, led by Meriel Kaminsky, Sydney Lang, Mia Ellis, Viveka Vainio, Melissa Kendall, and Juyoun Park; all these ladies raced exceptionally and with significant improvement from the beginning of the season.FULL MEET RESULTS.
Sehmel Homestead Park (2 mile) Frosh/Soph "The Classic" -- 10/18/2013 -- Beautiful crisp fall day
Dreary skies opened to a beautiful fall day for the 27th running of the “The Classic,” a meet steeped in history in its second year at its new venue. Quinn Johnson led the charge for the 3rd place Bears, garnering a medal for his superb performance (over a minute faster than his time last year). Ben Riley also earned a spot in the venerable top 25, holding off his closing teammate Ryan Staley (also over a minute improved from last year). Finishing up the scoring squadron was Jacob Palazzi, Max Leung-Wagner, Jakob Steen, and Aaron Keck. Earning the second place trophy as a team, the lady Bears were led by Ariel Wilhite in a superb fourth place individual finish. Also earning top-25 hardware in the race were Brenna Carlson, Emma Hatton, Sydney Lang, McKenna Hooper, and Melissa Kendall. Great Job Bears! FULL MEET RESULTS.
Shelton High School (2.0 miles) vs. Shelton, Yelm, North Thurston -- 10/16/2013 -- Crisp fall day
The Olympia Varsity harriers took the race out hard, leaving both the competition and the Huff ‘n Puff reeling in their collective wake. Only one foe infiltrated the top six Bears in the men’s varsity race. Peter Kesting raced alone to finish second to none, and Ben Gilvar-Parke also raced alone to finish second to one. Kyle Rapacz once again raced like a champion, finishing second to three. Following him was a very impressive string of stripy short-clad Bears with Morgan Talkington, Charlie Merth, and James McClintock finishing second to four, five, and six, respectively. The JV men looked very strong against their opponents in an all-too-rare exclusive JV race, besting their competition handily without any underclassman support (held out for the frosh/soph invite on Friday). Quinn Comstock outkicked a returning Noah Murry for the outright victory, with Shawn Elliott and Brook Moore breaking the brownie-garnering twelve minute mark. Aram Briggs pushed himself to the number five Oly spot in a terrific race, helping the JV squad to score a paltry nineteen points. Sofia Kane ran alone to a first place finish in the ladies Varsity race, winning by over a minute! The Olympia ladies also dominated the competition, also scoring an outstanding nineteen points. Clara McHugh and Michelle Fujji both broke the thirteen minute barrier, with Maddy Goodin close behind. Ali Weaver rounded out the scoring with Autumn Barker and Helen Kesting displacing many runners. The JV lady harriers were the only complete team, but they looked quite impressive in their domination of the race. Viveka Vainio led the charge, taking the overall victory. Emily Grubbs and Janna Van Haitsma took third and fourth, respectively. Overall it was a very strong showing from both upper classmen squads. FULL MEET RESULTS.
Wright Park (5k) vs. Stadium, Wilson, Central Kitsap -- 10/9/2013 -- Crisp and sunny fall day
Spurred on by the exhilarating statues in the park, the Olympia harriers bested some stiff competition in the closest team race of the season. Peter Kesting once again cruised to a 5k PR victory, while Ben Gilvar Parke battled his Stadium foe, outkicking him for second place. Central Kitsap put up a very strong fight, but it was not enough for Morgan Talkington, Kyle Rapacz, and a gutsy and victory-imperative effort from Charlie Merth. The boys beat CK 31-33. 5K PR’s abounded throughout the roster, with exceptionally notable improvements from Ben Riley, Ryan Staley, Z Spivak, Jacob Steen, Aaron Keck, and Aram Briggs. The ladies raced very well to a second place team finish behind CK, with Ariel Wilhite leading the charge, followed closely by Brenna Carlson, Clara McHugh, Ali Weaver, and Maddy Goodin; the top five scoring ladies managed a mere 27 second spread all under 21 minutes. Michelle Fujji and Autumn Barker filled displacing roles. McKenna Hooper led the JV ladies with a terrific breakthrough race; Sydney Lang and Meriel Kaminsky followed closely thereafter, both with fine races. Overall, some fine 5k times on a beautiful fall day with some odd statues. FULL MEET RESULTS.
Sunfair Invitational -- 10/5/2013 -- Sunny and about 70 degrees (perfect conditions)
It was truly a spectacular showing for the Bears at the largest cross-country invitational in the Northwest. Six Oly harriers brought home hardware, and many more software in the form of ribbons. The boys were able to reserve the best spot in the park by virtue of camping in the sub-freezing temperatures at Franklin Park the night before the race, a questionable coaching tactic with regards to a purely mid-season performance-based approach to the sport; however, a memorable experience for all yielding great bonding, competition, adversity training, and mental toughness. The boys had the best OHS team performance in recorded history, albeit not that blatantly apparent from the overall 10th place team finish (which is still quite respectable in the highly competitive field of 47 teams). Kyle Rapacz (Varsity #6) had a near perfect race, eventually outkicking a pack of guys to place 5th with an outstanding time, ranking him 16th on the Oly all-time list at Sunfair; his performance was like a fine piece of artwork, embodying the quintessence of some sort of amalgamation of racing, heart, tactics, and wisdom beyond his redshirt freshman eligibility. The talk among orange beverage distributors is that his performance may also land him a sponsorship with Tampico… stay tuned on twitter. James McClintock also had a fine race in the #5 race, for his first sub-17 minute performance on a course that runs much like a 5k, placing him in the medals. Ben Gilvar Parke had a truly magnificent race, leading for most of it to capture the 2nd place overall position in the #2 Varsity race, which at the time gave him the second fastest Oly time on the course in history. Peter Kesting gave a great performance in the #1 varsity race, turning in the fastest time in Oly history (a time which would have won the race many years), earning him the fifth fastest time of the day in a race where both 1st and 2nd place ran under 15 minutes, the first time that has happened in the 40 years of the meet’s history. The ladies also ran great, with Sofia Kane(18:45) and Ariel Wilhite (19:54) bringing home medals in the Varsity #1 and #2 races. Terrific times abounded for the ladies, with Maddie Goodin, Brenna Carlson, and Ali Weaver all breaking the 21-minute barrier. Autumn Barker, Emma Hatton, Helen Kesting, and Sydney Lang were not far behind time-wise on this quite difficult Sunfair course. Outstanding Job Bears! FULL MEET RESULTS.
LBA park (3 mile) -- 10/2/2013 -- Muddy, wet, cold conditions
After some torrential downpours in the preceding days until the first and only home meet of the Bears schedule, the course did indeed teem with puddles. The boys race also teemed with outstanding performances and an overwhelming team victory (Oly 24, NT 38, Timb. 84, Yelm 98, Lincoln 125, PJP II 173). Peter Kesting cruised (with some hydroplaning) to a victory, leading Ben Gilvar Parke to an outstanding course PR. Morgan Talkington, Charlie Merth, James McClintock, and Kyle Rapacz all turned in sub-17:20 races to score and/or displace all other teams. Lewis Whiley came off of injury to lead a perfect fifteen point sweep of all the JV competition, with Ben Riley, Jacob Rossi, Ryan Staley, Jonas Sarbach, Quinn Comstock, and Jakob Steen completing the perfect JV squad. Course PR’s and outstanding races abounded from the whole team on a day where the course was obviously running slow. The ladies raced without most of the varsity, saving their legs for the Sunfair invitational. The rains picked up for the ladies’ race, making it a thoroughly saturating experience for spectators and athletes. Leading the Lady Bears’ team victory with an outstanding time and overall individual win was Clara McHugh, followed by Michelle Fujji in second overal. Rounding out the scoring varsity for the Bears were Meriel Kaminsky, Juyoun Park, Mia Ellis, and Viveka Vainio. The JV ladies also took home a close victory, led by Jessy Turnbull. Rachel Hodes, Tali Haller, Anna Elewski, and Amanda Singleton rounded out the JV scoring. Well done Bears on a very soggy home course! FULL MEET RESULTS.
Varsity scores for boys: Oly 24, NT 36, Timb. 84, Yelm 98, Lincoln 125, PJP II 173
Jackson Lund Park (5k) -- 9/25/2013 SK, GH, BP, Timberline -- Beautiful fall day
On Olympia’s first running of the Jackson Lund 5k course, the Bears ran outstandingly, spurred by the sheer elation of crossing miniature railroad tracks not one, not two, not three, not four, but five (seven, in the case of Jakob Steen) times during the back loop of the course. Charlie Merth led the JV squad for the Bears, racing to a fine time despite taking a wrong turn. Z Spivak, Brook Moore, and Jakob Steen all had great races, and rounding out the JV squad were Max Leung-Wagner, Aram Briggs (with his first sub-20 minute 5k), and Casey Ryan. Running to a Paltry 19 points to win the varsity race were ten stalwart harriers led by Peter Kesting with a runaway victory, followed by Ben Gilvar-Parke. Morgan Talkington raced to a momentous breaking of seventeen minutes, with James McClintock and Kyle Rapacz rounding out the scoring. Also noteworthy were the 5k PR’s from Ben Riley and Ryan Staley in the varsity race. Sofia Kane literally ran away with the race, coming off of injury to a huge victory, with Ariel Wilhite making it a 1-2 Bear sweep. Ali Weaver, Autumn Barker, and Brenna Carlson finished the varsity scoring as the Bears took second to Bellarmine but laid to waste all of their other Narrows League competition. Helen Kesting led the JV squad, with Sydney Lang taking the top frosh race, followed by Jessy Turnbull, Juyoun Park, and Melissa Kendall. Great job Bears! FULL MEET RESULTS.
Ft. Steilacoom Invite -- 9/21/2013 -- Beautiful sunny day for racing
Ben Riley kicked things off with a stellar race, capturing the Oly varsity bubble spot. Ryan Staley also showed huge improvement over his marks on the same course last year. James McClintock ran a fine race, equaling his time performance from last year’s Narrows League Championships to capture the Oly #5 spot. Peter Kesting ran a superb race, leading after the first mile to steal the fifth fastest time ever in the history of the invite and the fastest time of the day by seven seconds. Ben Gilvar-Parke also ran a terrific race for a venerable 12th place overall, with Morgan Talkington and Kyle Rapacz finishing with very respectable times. The varsity guys claimed the fifth place plaque out of the 56 teams entered into the meet! In the JV #2 race Jakob Steen ran with heart to an exceptional sub-twenty minute performance, followed by great races from Brook Moore and Soren Johnson; Soren Claimed the top frosh place for Oly and also a spot on the JV team! Ariel Wilhite once again led the lady Bears, running an outstanding 20:22 for 49th place. The 14th place Bear squadron had a tight pack of Michelle Fujji, Brenna Carlson, and Maddy Goodin, with Clara McHugh as the final scorer. Jessy Turnbull led the ninth place JV crew, with Juyoun Park, McKenna Hooper, and Melissa Kendall in close succession. Sydney Lang ran a great race to pace the JV #2 ladies to a sixth place finish. Overall, great races Bears! FULL MEET RESULTS.
Lake Isabella vs. Shelton (3 k course) -- 9/19/2013 -- nearly ideal racing conditions
Sunny skies greeted the Olympia harriers at a great cross-country venue. Not as much could be said about the competition, hoping to face a defending 3A Narrows League championship team who had come to race. Instead, a sickness-ridden Olympia squad trounced a Highclimber group who apparently had not really shown up to race. Alas, some great Oly performances abounded, resulting in wins from the varsity (19-42), JV (a perfect 15-50), and C-team (a perfect 15 points). Peter Kesting led the charge, with Morgan Talkington, Kyle Rapacz, and Charlie Merth in close succession. Jake Palazzi ran a fine race to break into the varsity squadron. Jonas Sarbach and Quinn Comstock ran 1-2 for the Bears’ JV team, and great runs from freshman Max Leung-Wagner and sophomore Jakob Steen allowed Oly to keep a perfect fifteen points in the JV race. The ladies handily won the meet with a perfect fifteen points for all squads. Ariel Wilhite blazed through the course untouched to claim a twenty second victory, and following her was a beautiful streak of blue and white. Brenna Carslon, Maddy Goodin, Clara McHugh, and Michelle Fujji all finished ahead of Shelton’s #1 runner, and Autumn Barker and Ali Weaver rounded out the varsity crew. Emma Hatton, Helen Kesting, and Meriel Kaminsky all ran superb races to lead the JV harriers to a perfect score. Well done! FULL MEET RESULTS.
Capital Invite – 9/14/2013 – Nearly perfect running weather(overcast and 65 degrees)
The Capital Invite is not a quantitatively scored meet officially; that does not inhibit a purely objective qualitative analysis of the races, however, and even with an untrained eye it would be difficult to not conclude that the Oly guys were truly dominant in the field of 33 teams. The improvements from last year were veritably astounding, especially considering the 1/10thof a mile increase in length of the course over last year. Max Leung-Wagner led the Freshmen boys for Oly with a 25th place finish overall, and following him for top twenty OHS places were Ian Cotes-Doglio, Casey Ryan, and Soren Johnson. Sophomores Quinn Johnson and Noah Murry duked it out for the entirety of the race, pushing each other into the medals finishing ninth and tenth, respectively. Huge improvements over last years’ time and fine top 20 OHS times should also be noted from Jake Palazzi (44 second improvement), Ryan Staley (2:09), Ben Riley (2:48!), Z Spivak (21 sec), and Jakob Steen (52 sec). The junior race was one of sheer beauty, with six stripy short-clad men in close succession in the top 15. Peter Kesting turned in the top time of the day in any classification by thirteen seconds in the Junior race, running 11:44. Ben Gilvar-Parke cruised to a second place finish with Morgan Talkington also in the medals with an outstanding 1:22improvement over last year and a sixth place finish. James McClintock showed fine improvement to land the twelfth place ribbon, and Kyle Rapacz ran a truly superb race to maintain his varsity spot and garner fourteenth place hardware. Senior Ian Dandridge made a fine return from injury with converted improvement over last year, followed by an excellent race from Jonas Sarbach for the #12Oly spot. Freshman Ariel Wilhite led the charge for the lady Bears, finishing in outstanding fifth place in a tough field for the top Oly time of the day. Sydney Lang also ran a ribbon-garnering race, with Juyon Park and McKenna Hooper not far behind. Brenna Carlson ran a tough race up front from the beginning, finishing in afine seventh place. Emma Hatton ran superbly for a fourteenth place ribbon and moved up the Oly ranks to the bubble spot. Maddy Goodin and Autumn Barker both finished with encouraging top twenty performances, and Helen Kesting ran a great race to land the #7 Oly varsity spot. In the senior division Clara McHugh raced with heart to a venerable ninth place medal, with Michelle Fujji on her heels for the thirteenth place ribbon. The she-Bears showed stellar improvements as well, ineluctable consequences following hard work over the summer. Well done Bears on a truly memorable season opener! FULL MEET RESULTS.
Come talk to coach Stevick in room #408 if you need information on the 2012 season or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After school the best way to contact him is calling 455-5282.
Coaches - Jesse Stevick (Boys) email@example.com & Cris Violette (Girls) firstname.lastname@example.org