Bainbridge senior Eden Michael took home a second-place finish in the final regular season cross country league meet at Battle Point Park. Michael’s performance helped lead Bainbridge to a team victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group photos)

Bainbridge senior Eden Michael took home a second-place finish in the final regular season cross country league meet at Battle Point Park. Michael’s performance helped lead Bainbridge to a team victory. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group photos)

Bainbridge girls win final league meet

NK girls, Kingston boys each run to 2nd place

Runners from around the West Sound gathered one final time before the Olympic League championships to tune up at the last league meet of the season.

Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island played host for league meet No. 5, and the home course ended up yielding favorable results for Bainbridge as the girls took first place while the boys finished fourth. The Kingston and North Kitsap boys finished second and third, respectively, while the North Kitsap girls took second, and the Kingston girls finished fifth.

Up first was the girls varsity race, and Bainbridge’s Eden Michael spent much of time running alone as she chased Riley Pyeatt of Sequim, but was also well ahead of the next pack of runners.

Pyeatt ultimately took first, and Michael finished second with a time of 19:35.50. Following her were Genesi Funston and Salix Wartes-Kahl of North Kitsap, who were third (19:53.50) and fourth (20:08.10), respectively.

But the key to victory was the four-pack of runners who finished within 10 seconds of one another, picking up places seven through 11 to seal the victory with 36 points.

Lily Curtis was the first of that group with a time of 20:58.40. She was followed by Elise Gonzales (22:00.50), Claire Hungerford (22:05.60) and Hailey McCulloch (22:07.30).

Next to finish were Kingston’s top two runners, Alice Moe (22.12.70) and Arlana Forbes-Prater (22:13.50). Freshman Biyanca Parker-Henson also had a Top 20 finish with a time of 22:56.40 (16th).

Ingrid Burchill (15th, 22:41.90), Kendall Becker (18th, 23:03.30) and Macy Berndtson (19th, 23:05.60) rounded out the top five for the Vikings.

In the boys race, Bainbridge senior Alex Miller held the lead in the early going, but finished third with a time of 17:00.50 behind Maxwell Baeder of Port Angeles and Colby Ellefson of Sequim.

The Kingston boys picked up a second-place finish with 65 points on the strength of a fifth- and sixth-place finish from Kaeden Peterson (17:07) and Connor Nichols (17:13.60). Emmanuel Moes finished 11th for the Bucs in 17:54, and Sam Decker (21st, 18:23.10) and Benjamin Eudeline (22nd, 18:25) were their final scoring runners.

Just behind Kingston was North Kitsap in third place with 69 points as their top five runners came in fairly close together.

Leading the way was senior Dereck Cordova, who finished ninth in 17:36.20. He was followed by Matthew Fee (13th, 17:59.30), Quinny Stuart (14th, 18:00.20), Camden LeRoy (15th, 18:09.50) and Samuel Erickson (18:14.90).

The Bainbridge boys finished fourth and also received a Top 20 finish from sophomore Bodie Strom (18:18.10).

Kingston’s Kaeden Peterson finished in fifth place for the boys as the Bucs brought home second place as a team.

Kingston’s Kaeden Peterson finished in fifth place for the boys as the Bucs brought home second place as a team.

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