With a roster that includes just two seniors, it was a youth movement of sorts for the boys cross country team at their opening race of the season. Sophomore Drew Weber led the Trappers by finishing in 17th place overall in a time of 18:10. Weber's time was the fastest by a Fort male at the Run-A-Ree in 15 years. Coming off an injury that held him out of competition as a freshman, Weber looks poised for a break-out second year. Don't be surpised to see him challenge for a top 7 District Meet finish and First Team All-League status. It was another sophomore, James Husband, who also shined for Fort. Husband, a basketball player competing in cross country for the first time, earned a ribbon by placing 2nd in the freshman/sophomore division of the 56th Annual Steve Mass Run-A-Ree. Rounding out the top three perfromances was freshman Tony Pedro. Pedro pulled in the third fastest overall time of the day, finishing the course in 20:37.
With injuries taking their toll on the Trapper girls cross country team in the early season, sophomore Anna Harrison was the only runner left standing to represent Fort Vancouver at the 56th Annual Steve Mass Run-A-Ree. With a key league meet coming up against Kelso and Evergreen, many of thte team's runners were held out in hopes of having them healthy for Tuesday's league duel. In spite of being alone in warm-ups and the race, Harrison ran well in her opening contest of the season and finished 12th overall in a field jam packed with some of Southwest Washington's top runners. By crossing the line in 21:18, Harrison beat her previous year's time in the same race by over a minute and a half. She'll need some help going forward, however, if the Lady Trappers are going to meet their team goals for this season.
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history, the Trapper girls cross country program is looking to reach even higher in 2016. Last season, the ladies qualified for the 3A Bi-District Championships for the first time after an impressive three runners finished in the top five in the District Meet. The incredible finish included their first individual district champion since 1995, and the District Runner-Up. Though the team didn’t qualify for the State Meet, it did have two individuals represent Fort in Pasco at the State Championships for the first time in over two decades. On top of their success on the course, the ladies also had a spectacular run in the classroom. Three varsity team members finished with a 3.9GPA or higher (including two 4.0 students) leading the team to an overall GPA of 3.65. With their top two individuals returning, and some new talent joining the fold, look for the girls to continue their rise as a program to watch in Southwest Washington cross country.
When talking about the 2016 Lady Trappers, you have to start with sophomore Emily Phelps. Last season as a freshman, Phelps put together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. After not losing a dual meet race all season, Phelps won the District Championship, finished 6th at Bi-Districts, and then 59th at the State Meet. For her accomplishments, Phelps was named the 2015 3A GSHL Runner of the Year. Throughout the season, fellow sophomore Anna Harrison seemed to be right behind her. Harrison finished second to Phelps in every dual meet, and was Runner-Up at the District Championships. Harrison finished 23rd at the Bi-District Championships and then 67th at the State Championships. Lastly, she was also named First-Team All-League.
Leading the group of newcomers will likely be freshman Dhamar Campos. After a strong showing at last year’s Middle School District Meet where she finished in third place, Campos worked hard all summer to prepare for this season. Known as an ultra-competitor, Campos should not be intimidated by more experienced runners. Fellow freshman Olivia Pearson has also done well in early season workouts and will add depth to the varsity team. Sophomore Jessica Vincente has been a bright spot for the team after coming to cross country from track last season. Vincente should be one of the team’s top five runners in 2016, as she has already improved her times greatly in the early season. Rounding out the varsity team is a pair of juniors in Nelly Campuzano and Nicole Ocampo. The team’s only upperclassmen, the duo brings some maturity and guidance to the young team.
It was another rebuilding year for the Fort Vancouver boys cross country program in 2015. Though there were many individual successes, the team finished fourth at the District Championships and missed qualifying for the Bi-District Meet. Though top runner and Second Team All-League honoree Abraham Sarmienta has moved on, four of the team’s top five runners from last season do return for the Trappers. With lots of young talent, the team may still be a year or two away, but the future is bright for the boys cross country team.
Though the team is young, they do have two returning seniors in Morgan Riley and Eddy Gomez. Both runners gained valuable experience last season with Riley the veteran of three cross country seasons. The team’s top runner is sophomore Andrew Weber, who showed great potential as a freshman before an injury ended his season prematurely in 2015. The youngster rebounded to have a great track season in the spring and qualified for the Bi-District Meet in the 800 meters. Now fully healthy, Weber has a great shot for a trip to the same meet this season for cross country. Fellow sophomore Ryan Caputo also returns to the varsity squad after a strong showing as a freshman. Caputo was one of the team’s top three runners for much of last season and has the potential to push Weber for the team’s top spot. The team’s two other returners are juniors Diego Meza and Tyler Summerlin. Both runners ran on varsity for most of last season and should add depth to the team. A pair of freshman round out the top eight and have looked strong in summer workouts. The two, Daniel Duncan and Tony Pedro, were teammates on a solid middle school team and have impressed the coaches with great work ethic and commitment. Both should compete for top varsity spots right away.
Fort's two freshman phenoms ended an impressive first season of cross country with a great showing at the State Cross Country Meet. Once again it was Phelps leading the way as she finished in 59th place overall in a time of 20:00. Harrison also ran well and finished in 67th place in a time of 20:07. Congrats ladies!
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