Pope John Paul II High School Girls Cross Country 4th Consecutive State Championship


The Pope John Paul II Ladies won their fourth state cross-country championship in 2023 at Pasco, Washington. The team was founded in 2018.

The Pope John Paul II (JPII) High School girls cross country team won their 4th consecutive state cross-country state championship in Pasco, Washington on November 4th, 2023.

In 1973, cross-country was started for girls in the State of Washington.                                                                                                           

Only five teams in all divisions (4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, 1B) have won 4 consecutive state titles at a State Cross-Country Championship since the inception of the girls state cross-country championships.

The Pope John Paul  II girls have won the State Championships in 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023. There were no State Championships held in Pasco in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Ruby Henry from Pope John Paul II High School became the first freshman boy or girl in Thurston County history in the State of Washington to win the individual state cross-country championship and only the third girl in the 40 years of women’s cross-country in our area to win an individual state cross-country championship.

Ariel Brewer also made the individual state podium for the Eagles by placing fourth overall in the state cross-country race.

You can watch the post-race Pope John Paul II Runners Space-Dystat Interview with writer and commentator Keenan Gray.

The State Individual Champion from Pope John Paul II, Ruby Henry, was Interviewed by Dystat commentator Keenan Gray after her first-place finish in the race.

The Pope John Paul II boys team had a great state meet themselves. They finished second at State for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.

The Eagle guys made a good run at the end of the season and were coming on strong after losing four seniors from the 2022 state squad.

Pope John Paul II High School is located in Lacey, Washington.


The Pope John Paul II boy's team finished second as a team for the fifth year in a row, in 2023.