by Mike Cane Herald Writer


After sitting at No. 2 the past two weeks, the Jackson boys climbed to the coveted No. 1 spot in this week’s Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Class 4A poll.

Mead, the previous No. 1 squad, dropped to No. 3.

Jackson placed second Saturday in the Varsity Boys Seeded event at the Stanford Invitational in California. Mead of Spokane finished eighth.

Jackson’s top five finishers on the 5-kilometer course were Ben Lance (16 minutes, 2 seconds; 14th overall), Connor Frederickson ( 16:13, 18th), Mitchell Briggs (16:30, 36th), Ian McLeod (16:39, 46th) and Sean Roe (16:41, 48th).

The Lakewood boys also generated an impressive performance at the Stanford Invite. The Cougars won the Varsity Division 4-5 team title. The top runners for Lakewood, which in now ranked sixth in the state in 2A, were Taylor Guske (16:19, eighth), Nick Devier (16:34, 14th), Chad Skiles (17:07, 33rd), Byron Gouette (17:21, 40th) and Trent Tresch (17:31, 46th).

Here are the rest of this week’s state coaches’ cross country rankings.

Boys 4A <---> Girls 4A
1. Jackson <---> 1. Gig Harbor
2. Eisenhower <---> 2. Eastlake
3. Mead <---> 3. Richland
4. Gig Harbor <---> 4. Davis
5. Kamiakin <---> 5. Mead
6. Southridge <---> 6. Jackson
7. Issaquah <---> 7. Redmond
8. Ferris <---> 8. Newport
9. Tahoma <---> 9. Snohomish
10. Skyline <---> 10. Olympia

Boys 3A <---> Girls 3A
1. North Central <---> 1. Lakeside
2. Seattle Prep <---> 2. Seattle Prep
3. Lindbergh <---> 3. Shadle Park
4. Mercer Island <---> 4. Glacier Peak
5. Bellevue <---> 5. Mount Spokane
6. Mt. Spokane <---> 6. Mercer Island
7. Peninsula <---> 7. North Kitsap
8. Glacier Peak <---> 8. Hanford
9. Capital <---> 9. Bellevue
10. Bishop Blanchet <---> 10. Capital

Boys 2A <---> Girls 2A
1. Sehome <---> 1. Sehome
2. Burlington-Edison <---> 2. Cedarcrest
3. Squalicum <---> 3. Deer Park
4. Cheney <---> 4. Squalicum
5. Selah <---> 5. Sequim
6. Lakewood <---> 6. Kingston
7. Colville <---> 7. Lakewood
8. Ellensburg <---> 8. Bellingham
9. Tumwater <---> 9. South Whidbey
10 . Riverside <---> 10. West Valley-Spokane

Boys 1A <---> Girls 1A
1. Port Townsend <---> 1. King's
2. Charles Wright <---> 2. LaCenter
3. Lynden Christian <---> 3. Nooksack Valley
4. King's <---> 4. Meridian
5. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) <---> 5. Chelan
6. Nooksack Valley <---> 6. Lynden Christian
7. LaCenter <---> 7. Onalaska
8. Bellevue Christian <---> 8. Omak
9. Freeman <---> 9. Lakeside (Nine Mile)
10. Newport <---> 10. Freeman

Boys 2B/1B <---> Girls 2B/1B
1. Northwest Christian-Lacey <---> 1. Saint George's
2. Valley Christian <---> 2. Northwest Christian-Lacey
3. Mount Rainier Lutheran <---> 3. White Pass
4. Bear Creek <---> 4. Reardan
5. Northwest Christian-Colbert <---> 5. Asotin