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Thursday, October 4, 2012 Free Press Section 2 Page 5 Medical Lake girls score huge cross country win at Nike Pre-Nationals Dingfield claims first place in Division 2 race By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The fortunes of the Medical Lake cross country program continue to improve with the most recent accomplishment a girls' championship in the 2012 Nike Pre-Nationals and Micah Dingfield's individual victory in Division 2. The event, staged last Sat- urday at Portland Meadows' 5,000-meter course, drew 80 teams and over 3,000 athletes from eight states. Senior Kelby Wegner led Cardinal girls' runners with a time of 20 minutes, 23.2 seconds. Freshman Sakaiya McCoy clocked a 20:59 and finished seventh, for the team won the Division 3 champion- ship 101-112 over Oregon's Scappoose. Dingfield paced the Divi- sion 1 field with a 16:22, fin- ishing two seconds ahead of Graham-Kapowsin's Jonthan Jackson's 16:24.1. ML senior Zeb Klemke was sixth in a time of 16:42.3. As a team, Medi- cal Lake (162 points) finished behind champion Mountain View of Vancouver, Wash. (79), Yakima's Eisenhower (95) and Seattle's Shorewood (145). "It was another really good meet for us, I'm glad we went," Medical Lake head coach Gene Blankenship said "My kids, almost to a person on the var- sity came to me and asked how come we haven't come up here before?" Blankenship had been to the event before, but that was with West Valley of Spokane, and that when it was staged at a different location, not Port- land Meadows. "Actually we (West Valley) won Division 1," he said, but he was wary of the new way the event was staged where runners had to hurdle hay bales along the course. "I was always afraid of the hay bales and that's what I told the kids," Blankenship said. "I was afraid of doing something stupid over (jumping) a hay bale, getting hurt." Medical Lake competed well and ran in the divisions they belonged so it was a good barometer on progress. Division 3 is for developing programs. "I put our girls in there because I didn't realize how strong we were to tell you the truth because we ran away Contributed photo from Gene Blankenshiv Medical Lake's Micah Dingfield heads toward the finishline on the way to his first individual victory at the Nike Pre-Nationals last Saturday with that," Blankenship said. much better; Sakaiya (McCoy) This was Medical Lake's our freshman is a solid second second team win in a row after for us," Blankenship said. "But a Northeast A win over New- therestofthegirlsarejustcom- port last Tuesday, and from a ing on strong." team that had not won a meet "The boys' team, we've in 2011. just gotten stronger, that' all The difference, Blankenship there is to it," Blankenship said, "We've got basically the said. "We're still running four same girls back." sophomores." The addition of senior One of those is Dingfield, Brandi Wren, a former soccer who won his first-ever individ- player, has made a difference, ual championship Saturday. "Maleeka Wegner is running so Blankenship relayed Ding- field's thoughts after the win. "Gene, I was so scared when I took over first place," he said. "I didn't know if I made the right move or not." But his coach reassured him he did the right thing. "We're really solid through (No.) 3," Blankenship said. "Four, five, six and seven are real close together." And it's those final spots that will de- termine how the Cardinals do at state competition, he said. "It's getting them to run just a little harder, we can't afford that big gap between three and four." Last Tuesday the boys col- lected a pair of Northeast A League wins, 15-48 over Freeman and 18-43 versus Newport. Dingfield was the top boys' finisher in a time of 16:15 on the 5,000 meter course that winds through the Medi- cal Lake campus. The girls beat Newport 15- 48 but lost in a squeaker 26-29 to Freeman. Kelby Wegner's 20:03 was 11 seconds back of winner Tati Foster of Free- man. Medical Lake hosted Lake- side in an NEA meet at home yesterday (Oct. 4). Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chenevl:reepress.com. ML football continued from page 1 blocked Medical Lake held a 20-7 lead. The Eagles fared not much better the next time they had the ball as Eagles' quarterback Keith Kovac was sacked on consecutive plays by the swarming play of Justin Hoffman and Kissack. It only got worse for Lakeside in the fourth quarter. On their first possession, Justin Hoffman applied pressure and Kovaces pass was intercepted by a leaping Velasquez. Lakeside would get the ball back on Panlson's second interception and it ap- peared the Eagles might finally make a run. They drove quickly from the Medical Lake 42 to the Cards' 18 on a 39-yard run by Howard and moved the ball to the seven before Kasey Kelly reached for a Kovac pass across the middle and made the interception. "We have an excellent secondary," Hobbs said. The Eagles ended the game with an- other tag-team sack from Hoffman and Kissack and Medical Lake ran out the clock with a time-consuming trademark drive that ate up most of the rest of the time. Paulson drew high praise from his coach. "He managed the offense real well," Hobbs said. "He really sucked it LICENSING 613 S.Washington Ste. 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking .8:30--5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars Trucks Trailers ' Boats Cycles. RVs :" 455-8320 up, you know he got hurt, he took a pretty good wallop, returned to the game and finished." Tappero led the Cards with 24 carries and 102 yards while Velasquez added another 81 yards on 13 carries. "We've got several different weapons and we definitely try to utilize them all at the right time," Hobbs said as he described his multi-faceted backfield. Maybe the most noticeable statistic was time of possession, which Medical Lake dominated with a 32:47 to 15:13 edge. Next up for Medical Lake is Friday's NEA battle with Chewelah at 7 p.m. at Holliday Field on a big night. "This is abig game coming up," Hobbs said. "We are looking forward to this one, it's going to be our Homecoming, we'll be bringing some new inductees into the Medical Lake Athletic Hall of Fame." Chewelah (2-0, 4-1) is tough and tal- ented, Hobbs said of the Cougars who have one common opponent, Lakeside. Chewelah beat the Eagles 18-13, Sept. 14. "They're a big spread team, move the ball all over the place and they have a really mobile quarterback," Hobbs said. "Just when you think you've got him bottled up he scrambles for 35 yards." Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheney_freepress.com. ML soccer falls twice in Northeast A play Medical Lake soccer returned to the struggle of scoring goals last week in dropping a pair of Northeast A League matches 4-1 at Freeman and 9-0 at Newport. The losses dropped the Cardinals' league record to 1-2 and 2-5 overall as they face league foe Lakeside and a non-league contest at Great Northern League Deer Park today (Thurs., Oct. 4) at 4 p.m. The Cards' lone goal came from Brenda Stark in the 31st minute against Freeman and cut the Scotties' lead to 2-1. Freeman outshot Medical Lake 24-7 with Libbie Klettke making 18 saves. Newport blew open a 3-0 contest by scoring six second half goals. Klettke made nine saves. Freeman, Newport top Cardinals in volleyball The return to Northeast A I~eague play d~dnot do kind things to the Medi- cal Lake girls' volleyball'team last week as theCardinals fell to Freeman 3-0 and Newport 3-1 At Freeman last Tuesday, Cami Tinsler delivered six digs to lead her team in its 25-8, 25-9, 25-10 loss. Last Thursday at Newport Rachel Crofoot had 15 assists and Cassidy Hage111 digs as the Cards won the opening set 27-25 but lost the next three 25-8, 25-13, 25-13. The Cardinals, who play at Lakeside tonight (Oct. 4) at 6:30 p.m., are win- less at 0-7 in NEA play and 1-8 overall. Medical Lake entertains Chewelah Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. and travels to Kettle Falls Oct. 11. %iii