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“Olympia Invite” cross-country meet welcomes local athletes

OLympia High School hosted the Olympia Invite on Saturday, September 10 at LBA Park in Olympia as 24 high school teams competed in an inaugural WIAA Girls and Boys Cross Country competition. Local Thurston County teams from Black Hills, Olympia, North Thurston, Northwest Christian, Rainier, River Ridge, Timberline, Tumwater and Yelm high schools competed.

Lakes High School senior Cruize Corvin clocked the best time at 9:46.09 for the men’s races. Freshman Latham West of Bonney Lake ran a time of 12:24.76 to lead the women’s races.

Olympia High School cross country head coach Jesse Stevick was pleased with the participation of more than 700 high school students in the competition. “Many coaches have said how much they love the course, the atmosphere and the competition in general, which makes the work involved in running the event very rewarding,” Stevick remarked after the event. “This could not have happened without the many volunteer efforts of OHS parents, our starters, coaches and Kevin and Danelle Wright timing the meet and preparing all the timing logistics.”

North Thurston coach Brad Hooper was thrilled to be able to participate in a local multi-team event. “The Olympia Cross County invitation was fabulous,” Hooper said. “Cris Viollette and Jesse Stevick did a fantastic job and they made this meeting very quick after Capital canceled their meeting.” Capital, which has always held an invitation in September, canceled its meeting and Olympia was able to prepare for the event and adopt many teams that were to be in the region. “It was a family and team event. The course and the competition were just as fabulous. Great job Olympia Cross Country.

Tumwater Cross Country coach Rich Brown was proud of his team and the strong start for the boys and girls teams to start the season. “The men’s team has both speed and depth this year which is a great motivator for the team,” Brown said. “We believe our boys’ team is one of the top four teams at the State Meet level and our girls’ team is small but strong.”

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