Cross country runners set personal records at Lakewood meet

Published on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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With a roster of only six girls and eight boys, don’t expect the Blaine cross country team to win meets anytime soon. That said, every athlete on the team is running at his or her personal best right now, which coach Carey Bacon takes as an encouraging sign.

At the Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational in Lakewood – the largest cross country meet in Washington state – every Borderite on both the boys and girls teams set a personal record.

“That’s major. We’re doing really well right now,” Bacon said. “Our top runners, Hillary Kiele for the girls and Parker Morris for the boys, are both setting themselves up to be state-level runners.”

Kiele ran 5,000 meters in 20:29.6, beating her previous personal record by 27 seconds and earning a top-100 placement in her division at the Lakewood meet. Morris ran the 5k in 18:06.9, beating his previous personal record by six seconds and earning him 13th place in his division.

Kieya Villars ran the 5k in 21:47.4 to finish eighth in her division, and Greg Arps ran it in 19:49.

With the post season rapidly approaching, Morris, Kiele and the rest of the Blaine cross country team couldn’t have chosen a better time to perform at their highest level.

“We’ve got conference championships next week, regionals after that and then it’s on to state. Both Parker and Hillary have a good chance of making it to state,” Bacon said. “I like where we’re at right now.”