33rd Hole in the Wall cross country meet set for Saturday You must sign in or register to continue reading content. An expected field of 98 schools and approximately 3,200 runners nike sb will gather on Saturday for the 33rd Hole in the Wall Invitational cross country race on the 5,000 meter course at Lakewood High School. The event, said meet director Jeff Sowards, the largest in the state of Washington by the number of participants and by the number of schools. As an example, Sowards said, the girls varsity race will include the state top ranked teams in Classes 4A (Camas), 3A (Edmonds Woodway), 2A nike gift card (Liberty, Issaquah) and 1A (Northwest School), as well as Jesuit High School of Portland, which has the nation 18th ranked girls team. very fair to say that will be the most competitive high school girls race of any run in the state (this season), Sowards said. Among the top girls scheduled to run are Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens, the defending 4A state champion; Jordan Oakes of Holy Names Academy, the defending 3A state champ; Erin Mullins of Cascade (Leavenworth), the defending Hole in the nike mags Wall winner; and Malia Pivec of Lynnwood, who placed third in the Hole in the Wall race last season. In the boys varsity race, not all of the state top ranked teams will be on hand. But there will still be plenty of good teams and some outstanding individuals, with Tibebu Proctor of the Northwest School among the latter. A second place finisher at the Hole in Wall in 2015, he is the defending state 1A champion and has already run a 5,000 meter cross country race with a time about a half minute under the Lakewood course record. (Proctor) has a good race here, he could definitely break the course record, Sowards said. The Hole in the Wall race began in 1984 and has been run almost every year since. In recent years, Sowards said, number of schools has kind of held steady. But competition wise, and if the girls this year are any indication, the quality has continued to grow. it remains a popular event, not only for the teams and athletes, but also for the community, with plenty of civic leaders and other citizens pitching in to help.