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Eagles cross country qualifies three for 3A state

Junior Luke Passalacqua, senior Kristina Bosket and junior Paul Simbeck, from left, are all smiles after qualifying for state Saturday, Oct. 28. -
Junior Luke Passalacqua, senior Kristina Bosket and junior Paul Simbeck, from left, are all smiles after qualifying for state Saturday, Oct. 28.
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LANGLEY For the first time in four years, the Arlington Eagles cross country team will be represented at the 3A state tournament.
Senior Lady Eagle Kristina Bosket and juniors Paul Simbeck and Luke Passalacqua all qualified for state Saturday, Oct. 28, at the 4A, 3A, and 2A District 1 championships.
Coach Mike Shierk said the kids did a great job and he was happy to reveal a secret he had reserved hotel rooms in Pasco at the beginning of the season.
I knew those kids were a shoe in, he said. They did a great job. Its been a little bit lonely here for this time of year, but this is a pretty fulfilling experience.
Bosket placed 10th overall with a time of 20:10 on the scenic and tree-lined 5K (3.1-mile) course on and around South Whidbey High School.
The ecstatic teen was nearly speechless after reaching one of her goals.
I felt pretty good, but I thought I couldve gotten a higher placing, she said. She said her goal was to break 20 minutes.
Simbeck (6th- 17:12) and Passalacqua (10th- 17:26) both shaved their legs and ran with matching temporary tattoos as a form of camaraderie.
The two have finished 1-2 all season long for the Eagles, and were greeted by ecstatic friends and family near the finish line afterward.
All the credit goes to Paul, he kept me going, Passalacqua said unselfishly. He said he felt strong for most of the race, but got cold thighs on the last half-mile.
I was pushing Luke and he kept on cutting me off, Simheck said to a roar of laughter from their classmates.
Finally he told me to go and I broke away a little bit at the end.
Shierk, who has been the head coach for the past six years, said he is expecting all three to finish in the top 25 at state.
Last year there were approximately 150 3A boys and girls harriers on the grounds of the Sun Willows Golf Course.
You dont realize what some of these kids can do, he said. They are a young piece of clay that you can mold.

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