Olympia High School hosted the Olympia Invite on Saturday, September 10 at LBA park in Olympia as 24 high school teams competed in an early WIAA cross country girls and boys competition. Local Thurston County teams from Black Hills, Olympia, North Thurston, Northwest Christian, Rainier, River Ridge, Timberline, Tumwater and Yelm high schools competed.
Olympia High School head cross country coach, Jesse Stevick, was happy with the turnout of over 700 high school students for the meet. “Many coaches commented on how much they liked the course, the atmosphere, and the meet in general, which makes the work that goes into running the event feel very rewarding,” Stevick remarked after the event. “It could not have happened without many volunteer efforts from OHS parents, our starters, coaches, and Kevin and Danelle Wright timing the meet and preparing all the timing logistics.”
North Thurston coach Brad Hooper was thrilled with the ability to compete in a local multi team event. “The Olympia Cross county Invite was fabulous,” Hooper declared. “Cris Viollette and Jesse Stevick did a fantastic job and they made this meet very quickly after Capital cancelled their meet.” Capital who historically has held a September invite cancelled there meet and Olympia was able to prepare the event and adopt many teams who were scheduled to be in the area. “It was a team and family friendly event. The course and competition were equally fabulous. Great job Olympia Cross Country.”
Tumwater Cross Country coach Rich Brown was proud of his team and the solid start both the girls and boys teams have had to start the season. “The boys team have both speed and depth this year, which is a great motivational factor for the team” stated Brown. “We feel our boys team are a top four team at the State Meet level and our girls team is small but a solid pack.”