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Farrar takes fourth at state

This time around, Emily Farrar said she enjoyed the drive back.

“There were no tears,” she said. “It was a very, very good ride home.”

The senior co-captain rounded out a solid career as a Spartan harrier with a fourth place finish at the 3A state cross country meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Saturday.

Farrar posted a time of 19:28 – one second behind West Valley’s Lisa Oleander and ten seconds behind Holy Names’ Chelsea Burns.

It’s the highest finish by a Bainbridge girls’ cross country runner since Rachel Belt took third in 2003.

“It feels really, really weird,” Farrar said. “But it was pretty exciting.

“I was shooting to qualify for Border Clash,” Farrar said of the annual meeting between the top runners in Washington and Oregon. “That was my ultimate goal.”

Farrar was ninth heading into the first mile and kept with the pack for most of the race, but she made her move in the last 200 meters of the race to take fourth.

“I was like ‘I gotta get to Border Clash,’ so I busted it out at the end,” she said. “At the finish (head coach) Anne (Howard-Lindquist) was like ‘You got fourth!’ and I was like ‘What?’

“It was pretty neat to be standing on that podium,” Farrar continued. “I said ‘OK, this is officially the coolest moment of my life.’”

Her teammate Hayley Trageser took 19th with a time of 20:13.

Howard-Lindquist said she was impressed with how the junior did.

“Compared to Hayley’s district performance, she was ahead of several girls at state that beat her out at districts,” she said. “To place in the top twenty at state and hang with a really tough crowd, that’s a pretty gutsy performance in your first season of cross country.”

The first year coach was happy with how both runners did in Pasco.

“They did as well or better as we were hoping,” Howard-Lindquist said. “It’s fantastic.”

Squalicum’s Bronwyn Crossman won the girls’ individual title while Newport won the team title.

The ninth annual Border Clash is Nov. 17-18 at the Nike World Headquarters Campus in Beaverton, Ore.

Gridders close out with win

Dayton Gilbreath broke the single game rushing mark with 244 yards as Bainbridge defeated Interlake 37-29 in a Metro/KingCo crossover game Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Gilbreath did it on 34 carries and scored four times in the contest, giving him 1,119 yards and 18 touchdowns for the season.

The old mark was 205 yards set by Wayne Timmons in 1995 and tied by Gilbreath last year.

“Definitely a good way to finish out,” head coach Andy Grimm said.

Gilbreath scored on runs of nine, 55, two and 14 yards.

The Spartans raced out to a 23-0 lead on Gilbreath’s first two scores, a 25-yard field goal by Colin Feldtman and a 28-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Wagner to Mario McLaughlin.

But Interlake scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to close the gap, then put another score on the board to close it to two.

Gilbreath then scored his third touchdown to widen the gap, but another Saints touchdown and two-point conversion cut the lead to one.

But Gilbreath scored in the fourth quarter and Bainbridge was able to make a defensive stand and shut Interlake down.

“They kinda woke up in the second quarter,” Grimm said of playing Interlake. “They weren’t ready for us (since) it was the middle of the day (and) with the ferry ride.

“I was happy with how up we were at that weird time and I think we jumped them (at first) and then when they got their feet under them they came back,” he continued. “But give kids credit for stepping in for kids that were lost for the season like Ross (Cobb) and (James) Herman. Guys adjusted and stepped up.”

With the win, it gives the seniors an outgoing record of 21-9, one of the best records in some time.

Despite losing 16 seniors including Gilbreath, Mike Walsh, Kauika Peleti, Gary French and Chad Kakela, Grimm is excited for the talent they get back, including most of their offensive line, their quarterbacks in Wagner and Feldtman and Cobb at running back, among other returners.

“It’s a good nucleus there,” Grimm said.

Bainbridge finished with a record of 7-3.

Poloists place fifth at state

Team Ray ended the season on a positive note by defeating Shorewood 6-5 at the water polo state meet last weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

They had previously lost to Shorewood 7-6 on Saturday.

Austin Hallett was named to the all-state second team while Cooper Ashley and Cheyne Clark

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