The Northwest School Girls’ Cross Country Team has been selected as the best Division II high school team in the nation by the National High School Coaches Association. The award follows the team’s winning performance at the Washington State Cross Country Championships on November 5, 2016.
“The Northwest girls’ team performance averaging 19:44 for the difficult Sun Willows 5000-meter course ranks as one of the great small school team efforts of all time,” says Aron Taylor, founder of XCNation.com, which serves as the historical archives for the sport of cross country and issues the annual awards on behalf of the coach’s association. “Northwest’s stellar performance is worthy of National Championship recognition.”
Also honored individually by the national coach’s association are 11th grader Isa Meyers and 10th grader Macenna Hansen, who are ranked No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.
Division II is comprised of high schools with a total enrollment less than 600 students. These schools represent over 80% of all high schools in America. According to Taylor, this means “Division II programs set the bar for the sport of cross country across the nation.”
The Northwest School has a reputation as a perennial powerhouse in the sport of cross country for both girls and boys. The girls’ cross country team has captured the 1A girls’ team title at the Washington State Cross Country Championships two years in a row (and have qualified for states for the last six years). On the boy’s side, Northwest senior Tibebu Proctor this year successfully defended his title as reigning boy’s state cross country champion. The boy’s team has qualified for states the last four years in a row, and Northwest School Coach Joe Bisignano was named State XC Coach of the Year in 2012.