Cross Country News
2013 Fall Sports Baden Athletes of the Year
VANCOUVER, WA - The NWAACC is please to announce the 2013 Fall Sports Baden Athletes of the Year.
Women's Cross Country
Photo: Tracy Swisher
Mildes (Riverside H.S., Chattaroy, WA) was never challenged at the 2013 cross country championships as she cruised to her second consecutive individual NWAACC title.
She was also the 2012 women's NWAACC-Baden XC Athlete of the Year and is only the third women to win back to back titles since the sport's introduction for women by the NWAACC in 1978.
With several offers to consider, Mildes plans to run for a 4-yr program in 2014 but is currently not committed on her next step.
CCS head coach Sean McLachlan had much to say about Mildes, "Jessica's sophomore season concluded with her breaking the old 5k school record of 17:49 not once, but twice; the first at Willamette when she ran 17:35 to place second in the race then two weeks later running 17:06 at the Inland Empire classic and placing 3rd behind a national champion and one the PAC 12's top athletes. This was Jessica's 4th All-American award with her sophomore track season to go. More important than her fast times, Jessica is a 4.0 student and the ultimate teammate who is extremely coachable, dedicated, focused and a joy to coach."
Men's Cross Country
Schofield (Mead H.S., Mead, WA.) sparked the Sasquatch harriers throughout the season and entered the 2013 championship as the team's top runner. He edged a very challenging field of runners that saw the top three placers finishing within three second of each other including his dramatic win by less the a tenth of a second over the runner-up.
Schofield will return to Spokane where he will look to lead his team again in 2014.
"Coming into the championship race we thought Daniel had a shot at the title along with at least five other quality athletes," said CCS head coach Sean McLachlan. "The plan was to go out in the front pack and be patient and cover all the moves then take the lead when he felt the time was right. Apparently Daniel thought the "right time" was the last few strides as he just barely out-kicked Jorge Gil-Juarez of Clackamas in one of the more memorable finishes in the last decade. Daniel had a great season for a self-proclaimed 800 runner who was just doing cross country to get into shape for track. Schofield is an eager learner and will only continue to get better. His time of 24:46 put him at #6 on the all-time list at CCS. Just a freshman, this is sure to be the first of many All-American awards for Daniel."
Photo: Rick Harrison
Sophomore, Forward, Spokane
Luu, a 5'5" sophomore striker from Colville H.S. in Colville, WA, was a dominating presence in the Sasquatch front line. She scorched opponent defenses for a league high 23 goals and added 7 assists leading the Sasquatch to a 15-2-4 record. In her two year run at CCS, Luu tallied 43 goals and 17 assists. Her 43 goals is the second best combined total in the program's history in and her 23 goals this season is tied for most in single season.
Luu has several 4-yr programs knocking on her door and is considering her options.
"Tasha has been one of the schools most prolific goal scorers in our programs history, said CCS head coach Jim Martinson. "She is one of the most competitive kids I have ever coached and has a drive to do better on a daily basis. Tasha raises the level of her teammates training with her daily work rate and is driven by success. She was a player we could look to for goal production when needed and then could switch gears and close a match for us defensively.... A true program kid that we will miss tremendously."
Photo: Jeff Halstead
Sophomore, Forward, Peninsula
Alex Martinez, from North Valleys H.S. in Reno, Nevada, made a habit of lighting up scoreboards around the Northwest over his two seasons at Peninsula. The a 6' 2" striker tallied a league high 66 points on 28 goals and ten assists in 2013 topping his 2012 performance of 21 goals and 13 assists.
Martinez also led his Pirates to back-to-back league championships scoring the only goals in both 1-0 final minutes thrillers over Walla Walla in 2012 and Clark this season. His two year goal total of 49 set a new program record for Peninsula.
The Pirate sophomore is currently being courted by a number of colleges and universities across the nation and is expected to make his decision on where he will play his final two years in the coming months.
"To have a consistent goal scorer like Alex is huge," exclaimed PC head coach Andrew Chapman. "Alex is a competitor that wants to win, which was evident in the championship game this year and last year with him scoring the game winning goal with three minutes left in both games. Alex doesn't stop working all game long."
Sophomore, MB, Blue Mountain
Schmidt (Hermiston H.S., Hermiston, OR) had a dominating two year tenure with the Timberwolves leading her team to back-to-back NWAACC titles.
She was third in the NWAACC in hitting percentage with a .379 hitting percentage and racked up 367 kills in 57 sets. Schmidt led BMCC's high powered offense with 3.25 kills per set and was second in blocks with 48.
Schmidt will be moving on to play volleyball for the Carroll College Fighting Saints in 2014.
"As competitive a volleyball player as we have ever had here," commented BMCC head coach Dave Baty on Schmidt. "Crystal led a sophomore class that was undefeated in both the east region and the NWAACC tournament for two consecutive years. She is a joy to coach and to simply be in the company of. Crystal is one of the most caring people you will meet and has represented Blue Mountain with the highest standards of academic and athletic performance. We will enjoy watching her career continue to rise at Carroll college."