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Egan, Maxa represent Rams at state meet

Rogers High freshman Madison Egan was able to make it to the state meet even though she considers cross country her third sport behind basketball and tennis.
Rogers High freshman Madison Egan was able to make it to the state meet even though she considers cross country her third sport behind basketball and tennis. Courtesy

Rogers High cross country runners Madison Egan and Scott Maxa reached their goals while representing the Rams at the state meet in Pasco over the weekend.

Back at the Hole in the Wall Invite on Oct. 10, Egan had high hopes for the rest of her cross country season. The main inspiration was a common one among runners: set a personal best.

But Egan did more than that at the district meet as the Rogers freshman was able to achieve all her hopes and make it to Pasco for the 4A state meet on Saturday.

“Basically, we were trying to make it as a team,” Egan said. “But all last week, coach (Ken Zentz) really helped me train for state.”

After taking 24th place with a time of 20 minutes, 43.7 seconds during the heavy rains at district, Egan was able to improve her time at Pasco. Although the Rogers freshman didn’t hit her personal best, she did best her district time.

Egan finished with a time of 20:17.6, good enough for 84th place.

“It was definitely nerve-racking (at state), but I had to look at it from a different perspective: Knowing that this wasn’t my main sport, and I didn’t expect to do this well,” Egan said. “I was going into (the season) training for tennis and basketball.”

Even training for her main sports — basketball and tennis — Egan feels that her time running with the Rogers team will make her better.

“It definitely helped me with my endurance,” Egan said. “I think it will help me there.”

No. 2 at state

Senior Scott Maxa didn’t expect to be the lone boys cross country representative for Rogers. After friend and Rams No. 1 runner Colin Mayes didn’t qualify at districts, it was up to Maxa to represent the Rogers boys.

“I was surprised to be going alone, because we both have been working real hard to improve,” Maxa said. “I felt bad for Colin, but as the only boys runner, I had to represent our team.”

Even though Mayes wasn’t there with Maxa, another friend of his was — Puyallup High sophomore Colin Monaghan.

“We decided to run together at state,” Maxa said of their plan. “I told him I would keep with him, and then outsprint him at the end.”

On the last part of the race, both Maxa and Monaghan were neck and neck. But as Maxa put on the jets, he left his usually fleet-footed friend behind him.

Maxa finished with a time of 16:31.8, good enough for 81st place. The time was Maxa’s personal best to close out his high school cross country career.

“I never beat Colin before so that was nice,” Maxa said. “To PR on my last race at state makes it really special for me … it’s exactly how I wanted to finish my career.”

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