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Local cross country runners back on the course | Prep cross country
The youth movement is on for the Auburn Riverside boys cross country team.
This season the Raven boys head into the season with just three seniors on the roster.
As usual, however, the roster is deep with talented runners.
This year’s crew is led by senior Trevor Love, who was 53rd at last year’s Washington State 4A championship meet, posting a personal record time of 16 minutes, 23.5 seconds.
This year, he’s already bested that time by more than a second, running a 16:22.00 on Sept. 22 at the Bellevue High School Invitational.
Auburn Riverside also looks to juniors Trevor Gesell, Patrick McFarland, Andrew Cooper and Isaiah Tiangson, as well as sophomore Nick Rogerson to contribute.
For the Auburn Riverside girls, junior Rachel Covey is making her presence felt with the 18th best 4A time in the state. Covey posted a 19:25.65 at the Bellevue Invitational, smashing her previous personal best of 19:45.8.
Last season Covey ran in the Westside Classic District Meet, but did not move on to the state meet.
Also back for the Ravens is senior Lauren Saunders, whose best time this season is a 20:38.4 set at the Fort Steilacoom Invite on Sept. 15. Saunders looks to ramp up as the season progresses, aiming to break her personal best time of 20:11.5, which she set as a sophomore.
The Auburn Riverside girls also look to seniors Cheri Broch, Grace Werran and Lisa Ngo and sophomore Claire Kerbs.
Next up for the Ravens is a tri-meet at Kentlake with Kent-Meridian on Oct. 3.
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