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Metro gets off and running

Jesuit goes 3-0 and Sunset wins twice in the first round of the three-week Metro season
by: Miles Vance IN THE LEAD – Jesuit’s Adrienne Demaree (right) and Sunset’s Karen Qu lead the pack in the Metro League-opening race at Sunset High School on Oct. 5. Demaree went on to win the 5-kilometer race while Qu placed second.

CEDAR MILL - After waiting more than a month for its chance, Jesuit's girls cross country team gave the Metro League its best shot last week.

The Crusaders, the defending Metro and Class 6A state champions, opened their 2011 league campaign with a solid effort in the rain on Oct. 5 at Sunset High School, going 3-0 against Sunset, Aloha and Westview. Jesuit beat Sunset 24-34, Aloha 18-41 and Westview 16-47 to take sole possession of first place in the league race.

'The Metro League is really tough this year and we had to keep our focus on it,' said Jesuit senior Adrienne Demaree, who took first place overall with a winning time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds for the 5-kilometer race. 'Just because it's a dual meet doesn't mean we don't work hard. We trained really hard for this meet.'

Sunset beat Aloha 22-33 and Westview 17-40 in its other two match-ups to go 2-1, while the Warriors beat Westview 20-37 in the day's other pairing.

'I like it when all these good teams race together because there's always someone to compete with,' said Sunset junior Karen Qu, who took second overall at 18:51.

That said, the league opener belonged to Jesuit. Following Demaree's win, the Crusaders got a third-place finish from Olivia Artaiz at 19:10, and after her, Dylan Hite was sixth at 19:17, Lindsay Sheaffer took eighth at 19:20, and Megan Mullaney placed 10th at 19:34.

'We were just really focused on keeping the pack together and working as a team,' Demaree said. 'I had fun, just getting out there and stretching my legs in the first dual meet.'

Sunset, meanwhile, saw its top three runners place second, fourth and seventh and used that trio's strong effort to win two of its three pairings.

'It felt pretty good. I just wanted to keep pushing 'til I couldn't keep pushing anymore,' said Qu. 'I wanted to go out with Adrienne and Olivia, and then I found myself running right behind Adrienne so I was like 'OK.' It was a good day.'

After Qu, Charlotte Corless ran to fourth in 19:11, Sarah Fahmy took seventh at 19:17, Greer Davis finished 14th in 19:50, and Emma Gosser crossed in 16th at 19:55.

Aloha built its success on a top-five finish from junior Desyre Blackburn - she was fifth at 19:12 - while Allison Martinez took 11th at 19:40 and Amanda Stowe 12th at 19:40.

'I was hoping to beat Westview and then to get between Sunset's second and third girls,' Blackburn said. 'It was a good day. I liked the flow. The flow was good.'

Anna Miller was 19th at 20:08, and Samantha Wight 21st at 20:15 for the Warriors' other two varsity scorers.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, got a top-10 effort from sophomore Sarah Medved to highlight its day. Medved was ninth overall with a finishing time of 19:30.

'I wish I'd pushed a little harder through the middle,' Medved said. 'I was supposed to stick with the second Sunset runner and I was with the third, but it was a good day. It was a nice race.'

Also scoring for the Wildcats were Rebecca Scheer (20th at 20:14), Laura Engle (22nd at 20:20), Sophia Zhou (23rd at 20:24), and Paisley Hiefield (32nd at 21:23).

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