Wrapping Up the Cross Country Season


Kate Rosson

Junior Sophia Cushman heading for the finish line.

Kate Rosson

Today, March 24, Arlington boys and girls cross country teams went head to head against Lake Stevens in their fourth and final race of the season. It was once again on a 3 mile course at the Arlington airport. Even with the rainy weather the athletes were prepared and still excelled.


The varsity boys started off the evening with win! Senior Vincent Loftis finished in first place with a 2 second course PR. Finishing together in a pack was junior Brandon Moore, senior Quincy Fankhauser, and senior Isaiah Lowery. What a way to end the season sprinting through the finish line together. With only a single Lake Stevens runner finishing in fifth, Arlington took the win for the varsity boys. 


Following the varsity boys was the JV boys with another win. The race was lead by juniors Jesse Paul and Garret Barene in first and second place. Freshman Myles Murray capped off the boys coming in fifth at 19:08, with almost a 3 minute difference from where he started at the beginning of the season. With 4 total Arlington boys in the top 5 there was no denying the Arlington win.


Next up was the varsity girls. Junior Sophie Gaudin was sadly the only Arlington girl in the top 5 but there were still some stand out performances from the girls today. Junior Sophia Cushman a first year cross country participant dropped more than 40 seconds off of her original time on this course from the beginning of the season. What a massive improvement to see in just a few weeks. Even with a loss these girls had a great day individually with every member receiving a new 3 mile PR for the season.


Finishing off the day was the JV girls who took another loss. But freshman Jenise Clemons made an impressive jump in times taking just under 4 minutes off her first race result and many others did the same. Even with a loss, PR’s are definitely something to celebrate. With a mostly freshman JV roster there is lots to learn and these athletes will keep it up continuing to advance in their training.


Sad to say cross country is over for for the Eagles after such a short season. But all of their hard work has paid off and will hopefully help some of these athletes as we transition into track season.