Camas girls favored to win state cross country title for fifth time in six years

Camas is loaded for team and individual Class 4A state cross country titles when all classifications conduct their state championships Saturday at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.

The Camas girls are shooting for their third consecutive state title and fifth in six years. The heavily-favored Papermakers warmed up for state meet with a runaway win at the Westside Classic, the largest 4A state qualifying last Saturday in Tacoma.

Emma Jenkins won the Westside title, and was among three Papermakers to finish in the top six. Jenkins is a state title contender, although defending champion Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens is a sizable favorite.

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Camas’ Yacine Guermali is one of the top cross country runners in Clark County after finishing first at the Greater St. Helens League meet in October as well as the Westside Classic, the largest Class 4A state qualifying meet (held last Saturday in Tacoma). Photo by Mike Schultz

Camas boys are on a roll as well, as they also won the Westside Classic after posting an easy victory in the Greater St. Helens League meet earlier in October. Yacine Guermali and Daniel Maton led a 1-2 finish at Westside.

The Camas boys are a long shot to win the state title, but could crack the top five. But Guermali is certainly in the mix for the individual state title, as his season’s best time is second best in Washington.

In Class 3A, Mountain View’s Savanna Craig is the hunt for the girls state title after winning the 3A Westside Classic. Craig, who was eighth a year ago in the 4A state meet, has one of the fastest 3A times of the season. Also in the mix for a top 10 placing is Fort Vancouver’s Emily Phelps.

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Skyview’s Ellen Burbank is pictured here running in the Greater St. Helens League Class 4A meet at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground earlier this season. Burbank is one of many Clark County runners set to compete at the state high school cross country championships this weekend in Pasco. Photo by Mike Schultz

Mountain View qualified its boys to state. The Thunder boys are led by Samuel Johnson and Shun Yamaguchi, who placed among the top 10 at Westside.

Ridgefield and Washougal will run full teams in the boys and girls 2A meet. The top local hopeful is Ridgefield’s Silas Griffith, who was fifth in the 2015 state meet.

Here are Clark County’s state qualifiers, by classification:

Class 4A boys

Camas: Yacine Guermali, Daniel Maton, Jackson Lyne, David Connell, Spencer Twyman, Nick Duffy, Luke Albert, Nicholas Carter, Cade Greseth.

Skyview: Chanse Gilbert, Zeke Oien, Sean Flynn, Bruce Erickson, Parker Bennion, Zach Phillips, Alex Miller, Hunter Davenport, Spencer Pugh.

Union: Jarad McKinney, Miguel De La Melena.

Heritage: Ryan Cibart.

Class 4A girls

Camas: Emma Jenkins, Ellie Postma, Halle Jenkins, Rachel Blair, Madison Child, Kaylee Merritt, Hailee Parman, Paige Neff, Brooke Roy.

Skyview: Ellen Burbank, Presley Timmons, Krystal Kaufman, Isabella Abbruzzese, Makena Harbertson, Emily Hogan, Sophie Friauf, Hanna Van Nortwick, Taylor Brown.

Union: Haylee Brodahl, Serena Smith, Allie Connell, Drew Lobis, Brooklyn Jackson, Mackenzie Berg, Alex Taylor, Brooklyn Baldwin, Ban Alamin.

Class 3A boys

Mountain View: Samuel Johnson, Shun Yamaguchi, Daniel Grimshaw, Ryan Hemphill, Thomas Girard, Fred Grimshaw, Connor Johnson, Hamilton Vuu, Surya Mylahanan.

Hudson’s Bay: Ethan Meyers.

Class 3A girls

Mountain View: Savanna Craig.

Evergreen: Leia McWilliams.

Prairie: Hannah Kneeshaw.

Hudson’s Bay: Gabriela Guerrero Clowers.

Fort Vancouver: Emily Phelps, Anna Harrison.

Class 2A boys

Ridgefield: Silas Griffith, Kyle Radosevich, Ciarnin McNeil, Miles Bethel, Brandon Lehto, Ian Abrams, Logan Newman, Javier Tavera, Brian Tavera.

Washougal: Aiden Pullen, Gabriel Dinnel, Troy Prince-Butterfield, Jackson Keyser, Koy Chaston, Tanner Lees, Tanner Coltrane, Warren Henderson, Ian Palmer.

Columbia River: Keegan Hanes, Ben Laughlin, Christopher Arnold.

Hockinson: Kyle Peterson.

Class 2A girls

Ridgefield: Lexie Rutherford, Hailey Figueras, Jane Kuebrich, Makayla Draper, Katrin Langer, Ashley Hunter, Grace Shields, Ariel Griffith, Rosie Mayfield.

Washougal: Amelia Pullen, Hannah Swigert, Brooklyn Bausch, Annabelle Palmer, Morgan Stinchfield, Bekah Shilling, Kaylee Timmons, Alexis Maniscalco.

Columbia River: Ellie Furth, Hanna Dyer.

Hockinson: Abby Orman, Adyson Dyer, Julia Zora.

Class 1A boys

La Center: Nate Beed, Jared Cox, Calvin DuBois, Saige Keep, Sean Murray, Jacob Denley, Garett Shapovalov, Trevor Gunderson, Timothy Hurley.

Seton Catholic: David Carrion.

Class 1A girls

La Center: Natasha Lewis, Roselynn Martin, Bethany Whitten, Emily Graham, Sierra Harris, Makenna Olson, Katelynn Hurley, Shelby Kysar, Rachel Brockway.

Seton Catholic: Kennedy Lake, Elena Carrion.

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Nick Daschel is a veteran journalist who has covered Clark County sports and news, as well as Oregon for nearly four decades. Nick, a graduate of Oregon State and lives in Vancouver, has worked as a reporter for many media outlets, including The Oregonian and The Columbian.

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