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Clark Cross Country Sprints Toward Success

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Alanni Wingert (left) and James Breen (right) are leaders of Clark’s Cross Country teams. The Penguins will host the NWAC championship Nov. 14 in Battle Ground. (Scott Unverzagt/ The Independent)

Posted by Becca Robbins, The Independent

We’re like a family, pushing each other. I love the camaraderie of it,” said Alanni Wingert, sophomore captain of the women’s cross country team.

Clark cross-country teams are “looking competitive,” according to coach Bob Williams. He said he thinks the women’s team can be regional champions and even finish in second or third place in the Northwest Athletic Conference championship. He said “the men show promise,” and expects to see them in the top four at the NWAC finals. But, “you never know. You can run a great race and still not win,” he said.

The Penguins will host the NWAC championship Nov. 14 at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground.

James Breen, sophomore captain of the men’s team, was voted NWAC Athlete of the Week in the fifth week of the season. Breen started running cross-country his junior year at Heritage High School and said he loves the “runner’s high.”

He and Sam Garvin swept the Mike Hodges Invitational taking first and second place, with Garvin only 16 seconds behind Breen. Garvin earned Athlete of the Week honors from NWAC in week seven.

According to Williams, the women have beaten every school in their region at least once, and most teams in the north region, except Spokane. “Spokane is a powerhouse,” Williams said. He said Treasure Valley is a team to beat in the men’s category.

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