Hanford Champion
Year: 2008
Team: Cross Country (Girls)
State Tournament - Sixth Place
Hanford sophomore Erin Hegarty's goal in the 3A girls race was to put a frustrating regional race behind her and get back on the medals podium.

She succeeded on both counts. She ran with the lead pack for much of the race, sitting in fifth until the final quarter-mile when she was passed by Juanita's Tansey Lystad. Still, her sixth-place finish was four spots better than a year ago, and her 18:56 time was a 47-second improvement.

"I just felt better this week," she said. "I tried to have a better attitude and not let any bad emotions come in. I just wanted to have fun, be confident and enjoy the race."

The Falcons finished sixth in the team race with 168 points, beating out Glacier Peak on the sixth-runner tiebreaker. It was the Falcons' best finish since placing fourth in 1988.

Team Scoring Summary

1. Mercer Island - 115
2. Seattle Prep - 134
3. Mt Spokane - 137
4. North Kitsap - 143
5. Columbia River - 144
6.* Hanford - 168
7.* Glacier Peak - 168
8. Capital - 229
9. Bellevue - 233
10. Enumclaw - 241
11. Bishop Blanchet - 248
12. Sumner - 258
13. Peninsula - 265
14. White River - 299
15. Camas - 300
16. Mt Vernon - 375

* Hanford won the tiebreaker based on the better sixth-runner time.

INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT

1. Andrea Nelson - 18:25 (Shadle Park)
2. Carey Parker - 18:35 (Seattle Prep)
3. Lindsay Benster - 18:39 (Mercer Island)
4. Sarah Bobbe - 18:42 (Columbia River)
5. Tansey Lystad - 18:53 (Juanita)
6. Erin Hegarty - 18:56 (Hanford)
7. Brenna Condon - 18:57 (Glacier Peak)
8. Emily Wallen - 18:59 (Capital)
9. Allison Clark - 19:00 (Columbia River)
10. Courtney Zalud - 19:00 (Mount Spokane)