Liberty runners finish well at 3A championships
October 28, 2008
Even if Eric Bice needed another six seconds, he still beat an archrival and put his name near the top of the leaderboard.
On this day, two out of three wasn’t bad.
Bice, a Liberty High School junior, put forth a strong showing at the KingCo 3A cross country championships Oct. 23 at Lake Sammamish State Park. He clocked a 16:05, not only his best time of the season in the 5,000 meters, but also good enough for second place.
The only runner ahead of him was Mercer Island’s Evan Sadler, who won the race with a 15:59. That’s wasn’t so bad, considering Michael Williams, of Bellevue — a rival, who Bice had split with in two races this season — was behind Bice in third place.
“I wanted to finish either first or second here today,” Bice said. “The last time I raced Michael Williams, he got me right at the end. So, I wanted to come back and get him today.
“I knew we’d be pretty even. We both have the same body type, which favors flatter courses.”
Williams finished with a 16:09, four seconds slower than Bice. Tyler Benster, of Mercer Island, was fourth, while Juanita’s Raul Silva rounded out the top five.
The race included the best runners from Bellevue, Juanita, Liberty, Mercer Island, Mount Si and Sammamish.
Riley Mackey was next in the finish line for the Patriots, placing 10th with an 18:20. Fellow Liberty runner Tyler Westenbroek was 18th, Jonathon Mittlestaedt 29th, Chris Turner 36th and Bennet Murch 43rd.
The top 20 runners each advanced to the Sea-King District 2 meet at Lower Woodland Park Oct. 30. Bice improved on his finish at the KingCo Championships by seven spots in the past year and said he hopes to continue his improvement at districts.
“There are going to be a lot of hills on that course,” he said. “I need to run a smart race. That’s going to be the key for me.”
In the girls race at the KingCo 3A Championships, Lindsay Benster, of Mercer Island, took first place with a time of 18:49. Runner-up was Juanita’s Tansey Lystad, 17 seconds back.
The Liberty girls were led by freshman Kaily Davies, who ended up eighth with a 20:07. Sarah Goodman finished 19th to earn a district spot, while Madison Birdsall was 22nd, Alli Agnew 29th and Madison Hughes and Rheana Bales 34th and 35th.
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