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Coming down the final stretch

Bridget Anderson, right, does a partner stretch with cross country teammate Lih Kuhlman, left, and Jovan Bushor, center. The Lady Knights are running at districts today in Lakewood after taking seventh in the girls team standings at the Narrows League meet. - Photo by Christopher Mulally
Bridget Anderson, right, does a partner stretch with cross country teammate Lih Kuhlman, left, and Jovan Bushor, center. The Lady Knights are running at districts today in Lakewood after taking seventh in the girls team standings at the Narrows League meet.
— image credit: Photo by Christopher Mulally

The Knights did it.

The girls cross country team qualified for today’s district meet at Spanaway Lake Golf Course, with a sixth-place finish in the Class 4A Narrows League tournament at Fort Steilacoom Park on Oct. 22.

Now its proving time for Bremerton’s lead runner, Lih Kuhlman, who finished second in the 3.1-mile race with a time of 18 minutes, 56 seconds.

The senior crossed the finish line 46 seconds behind race leader Brie Felnagle, a junior from Bellarmine.

“That is actually a pretty good time,” said Kuhlman, about her best performance in the league meet. “I felt ready for that race. I didn’t slow down that much toward the end of the race. Although, you always finish slower than you started.”

This was Kuhlman’s best showing against the Narrows League.

Last year she was fourth in league, seventh in the West Central District race and 44th at state.

“I was not happy with that,” she said, noting as a sophomore she was fifth in league, fourth at districts and 24th at state.

Her freshman year Kuhlman didn’t make it past the league tournament, finishing 12th.

“This season has been by far the best,” said Kulman, the Patriot’s 2002 Bremerton High School female Student-Athlete of the Year. “I am more mentally prepared. I’ve worked hard this season.”

Additionally, Kulhman says this year she has noticed more team cohesiveness than ever before.

“First of all, we have three times as many people on the team compared to last year,” she said. “We have four senior girls on our team,” which provide leadership to the seven-member team.

In previous years, sometimes the girls have had trouble even finding the five required runners to compete in the league tournament.

The schools compete as teams, with faster finishes receiving lower point totals. For instance, a first place finish receives one point, second two points, and so on.

The Lady Knights’ top finishers were Nicole Gross in 37th, Bridget Anderson in 44th, Robyn Gross in 46th and Alicia Maddox in 55th for a team total of 175 points. They’ll all be running today, as will Josh Brown, who was the lone Knight on the boys team to reach the district race when he placed 31st at league in 17:11.

Kuhlman says she wants to stick to her 6-minute mile pace as she prepares for another trip to Pasco.

“I would like to finish in the top three,” she said.

However, she isn’t too worried about today’s race which features 20 teams and more than 100 runners on the 5-kilometer course.

“You have to be in the top 40 to qualify for state,” she said.

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