By Ray Hamill — The wet conditions at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course did little to slow down Anneli Macdonald on Friday afternoon, as the Arcata junior capped an outstanding season in cross country.
Macdonald completed a season sweep with a victory in the H-DNL Championships — her fourth in four races this year — finishing in a time of 18 minutes, 55 seconds.
Anneli’s twin sister Mathilde was just nine seconds back in second, with younger sister Soquel, a freshman, placing third (20:08) and rounding out a fantastic day for the Macdonald family.
The top four have remained unchanged all season, with Eureka’s Charlotte Leonard placing fourth in a time of 20:37, followed by McKinleyville’s Soffia Reyes in fifth (20:59).
The Arcata Tigers placed five runners in the top 10 to continue their dominance and take the team competition.
“They ran well,” Arcata head coach James Washington said of his runners. “They ran really well with the conditions and everything. I was impressed. I was looking at some of the times and I was like wow.”
In particular, the consistent Macdonald sisters.
“They’re determined, they’re hard working and they’re easy to coach,” Washington said of the talented trio. “And they have a very good attitude.”
Eureka’s Miriam Mende was sixth overall and the second freshman to cross the line behind Soquel Macdonald, with Arcata’s Cassidy Thorpe, Eureka’s KyleeAnna Zink-Clinton and Maggie Odell, and Arcata’s Alauna Thompson rounding out the top 10.
“We have a lot of depth,” Washington said of his team. “And they’re very dedicated and just enjoy running and enjoy their teammates and do the best they can every time.”
The wet and slippery conditions took their toll on some of the runners, with several slipping, including Zink-Clinton, who fell hard on one of the bridges.
As a team, Arcata scored 21 points, followed by Eureka (35) and Fortuna (79).
Ella Owsley led the way for the Huskies in 11th, capping an impressive season.
“She worked hard,” Fortuna head coach Daniel Holmes said of the sophomore. “I’m proud of her.”
Eureka’s Stasha Leonard was 12th, followed by Arcata’s Ruth Godlin-Sullivan and Ai-Lan McGoldrick, Eureka’s Bella Vigil, Fortuna’s Chloe Cox, McKinleyville’s Olivia Rink, Eureka’s Christina Smith, Fortuna’s Tania Olea, McKinleyville’s Hannah Jacobs, and Fortuna’s Sabrina Aguilar-Arce and Annabell Young.
Neither Del Norte nor Hoopa was able to make the trip.
“It was a great meet. I think cross country belongs in the elements,” Eureka head coach Matt Messner said. “I was just so glad they got to run (this season).”
In the JV race, Arcata’s Sadie Breen was first, followed by Eureka’s Kira Morris and Sequoia Ashby.
Arcata took the team competition.
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