PASCO — All season long, Lakeside’s Andrea Masterson and Sophie Cantine had been running 1-2, so why would the state cross country championships be any different?
Masterson cruised to the Class 3A state title, winning in 17 minutes, 49.83 seconds, while Cantine was second in 18:01.63 on the 5,000-meter course.
“It’s been great having my teammate to race,” Masterson said. “I knew if I was with her, I was in a good place.”
Thanks to the 1-2 finish, the Lions took second as a team at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco with 112 points. Glacier Peak won the title with 102 points.
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As a sophomore last year, Masterson took sixth place, running against Glacier Peak’s Amy-Eloise Neale and North Central’s Katie Knight.
With those two now competing for the University of Washington, Masterson saw her chance to grab the top spot.
“With the gap they opened up (by graduating), I thought I had a shot at it,” Masterson said. “I definitely thought I could use the opportunity to win.”
The Grizzlies won the team title despite their best finisher taking 12th, as senior Megan Davis finished in 19:00.13. Brigette Takeuchi, a freshman from Liberty of Issaquah, took fourth in 18:30.79.
Masterson took it easy early before kicking it into high gear on the backside of the course.
“I wanted to just take the first mile safely, and then I really went for it,” said Masterson. “I tried to stay aggressive and definitely never stopped trying to push.
“I’d been trying to get under 18 (minutes) the last few races, so it’s really great to break it on this course.”
Cantine, a freshman, also had the best race of her life, setting a personal record by 14 seconds.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” she said. “I really just wanted to run my race and try to pick it up at the end.”
• In the 4A race, Inglemoor junior Amber Rose was fifth in 17:59.83. Camas junior Alexa Efraimson set the course record in the race, winning in 16:49.1.
• In 1A, King’s senior Kacey Kemper was second in 18:37.3, while University Prep senior Audrey Western was fourth in 19:10.88. The Northwest School finished fourth as a team with 156 points.