Sunfair Inv. 2009 @ Spokane
Cross country Sunfair Preview by CoachesAid.com
Sunfair Invitational – Saturday, 8:45 a.m.
Roughly 2,700 high school runners will converge on Franklin Park in Yakima for the
Pacific Northwest’s annual cross country showcase event, which is expected to draw 8,000
to 10,000 people. Teams competing will be coming from Oregon, Idaho, Montana,
Washington and British Columbia. Most of Washington’s top large-school programs will be in
Yakima, including the Jackson boys from Mill Creek and Glacier Peak girls from Snohomish.
Jackson overtook Ferris of Spokane this week and moved into the No. 1 spot in the
Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Class 4A boys poll. The
Timberwolves also are ranked No. 6 nationally in the Dye State Elite/ESPN RISE FAB 50;
Ferris is No. 5. Ferris, however, will not be competing at Sunfair. Nor will another Spokane
boys power, North Central.
The Glacier Peak girls, led by freshman phenom Amy-Eloise Neale, a race winner last
week at the Stanford Invitational, is ranked No. 1 in the state in 3A girls. Glacier Peak is No.
32 in the national rankings. Neale will be among the top girls runners at Sunfair, along with
Mead junior Baylee Mires, Liz Brandon of Eagle, Idaho and Annamarie Maag of Jesuit in
Portland, Ore. Gig Harbor’s Conner Peloquin and Ben Damaree of Jesuit (Portland, Ore.)
are among the boys top-flight contenders. Peloquin won the elite boys race at the Bob
Firman Invitational in Boise, Idaho, last weekend (15:39.80). Damaree won the top boys race
at the Nike Pre-National Meet in Portland (15:05) last Saturday.