Lakewood and Getchell cross country seniors run at State

Lakewood senior Rachel Cundy competes in the 2A girls
Lakewood senior Rachel Cundy competes in the 2A girls' 5,000-meter championship race, in which she finished 15th, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Nov. 5.
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MARYSVILLE — Lakewood seniors Kris Mugrage and Rachel Cundy, as well as Marysville Getchell senior Rachel Lefstad competed in respective 2A and 3A 5,000-meter state championship races in ideal conditions at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on Nov. 5.

Mugrage finished 24th among the 2A boys and Cundy placed 15th in the 2A girls to continue the rich history of Lakewood runners in State competition since the course opened in 1959. Lefstad, back again after making it to State in 2009, her freshman year, crossed the finish line at 21st in the 3A girls' race.

"Kris and Rachel (Cundy) probably ran career races," Lakewood cross country coach Jeff Sowards said. "Kris didn't get passed by anyone and Rachel was on the podium for the second-straight year. It's hard to go as an individual when you've trained with a team, but both of them actually verbalized that they were pleased with their performances."

Lakewood cross country's spring practices begin Feb. 27.

"Rachel raced really well — she stuck to the game plan that we discussed beforehand and she felt really good about how she wrapped up her year," Getchell coach Randy Edens said.

Getchell runners make the transition to Track and Field in the spring.

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