Skyline outpaces Liberty, Issaquah in annual meet

October 22, 2008

By Staff

Simon Sorensen (above left), Skyline junior, and sophomore Kyle Branch catch their breath, as they and Liberty junior Eric Bice (right) finish in the top three in the boys’ race at the Oct. 15 all-Issaquah School District cross country meet hosted by the Patriots. Haley Hunter (left), of Skyline, laughs with teammates after winning the girls’ race. Photo by Greg Farra 

 

Simon Sorensen (above left), Skyline junior, and sophomore Kyle Branch catch their breath, as they and Liberty junior Eric Bice (right) finish in the top three in the boys’ race at the Oct. 15 all-Issaquah School District cross country meet hosted by the Patriots. Haley Hunter (left), of Skyline, laughs with teammates after winning the girls’ race. Photo by Greg Farra

 On a cool and overcast afternoon, Skyline High School defeated rivals Liberty and Issaquah in their annual nonleague cross country meet Oct. 5.Skyline was led by the record-setting performances of Simon Sorensen and Hailey Hunter. At the hilly, 3.1-mile course at Liberty High School, Sorensen conquered the course in 16:20, while Hunter finished at 20:08.  

“I actually prefer much warmer weather than this,” Sorensen said, without a trace of braggadocio. “It takes me a long time to get warm in this kind of weather. But I’m happy with our team’s performance. We’re getting ready for state.”

Skyline’s boys team won handily, scoring 25 points. Issaquah finished second with 39 points and Liberty brought up the rear with 67 points. For the girls, Skyline scored 26 points, followed by Issaquah’s 43 and Liberty’s 62.

Liberty’s Eric Bice, who finished third at 16:33, had a different take on the weather than Sorensen. 

“For me, I prefer it to be really cold,” he said. “I took it pretty easy. We have the district meet next week, with a chance of going to state. I’m really hoping to get in the top 20, and I have to make sure I peak in the right race.”

For the girls, Skyline’s Hunter was all smiles after her record-setting day. 

“I was a little nervous before the race, but it turned out just fine,” she said. “I am really happy by how our team performed. Heading into next week, my goal is just to do a little bit better with each race”

Liberty’s Kaily Davies was choking back tears after crossing the finish line. The freshman finished in an impressive second place, but was quietly kicking herself.  

“I did pretty good for most of the race, and kept up the pace for most of it,” she said. “But I felt like I gave up at the end. I was disappointed that that happened.”

Issaquah’s Arielle Walton finished in third, but was good-naturedly brazen about her team’s expectations entering the meet.

“We wanted to come in and dominate and crush our competition,” she said with a laugh.

Walton’s teammate Brianna Fowler-Lindner was a little more low-key.

“I was a little nervous at the beginning of the race,” she said. “This course is rather hilly, and I didn’t know how well I would do. But it turned out alright.”

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