Skyline’s runners win championship

October 28, 2008

By Christopher Huber

The Skyline High School boys cross country team is the 2008 KingCo 4A champion. At the KingCo 4A Championships Oct. 23 at Lincoln Park in Seattle, Skyline’s Simon Sorensen led the Spartans to the title of overall champions by finishing third, just behind his formidable opponents from Redmond. He finished with a time of 15 minutes, 45 seconds, just 16 seconds behind Redmond’s Mack Young and 22 seconds behind the Mustangs’ Aiden Irish.

“It was our best of the year,” Skyline head coach Brendan Hyland said. “They actually really did run a good race. On the guys side, it was really tight. Sorensen was a little under the weather, so he couldn’t run like he’s used to.”

Skyline’s Kyle Branch helped the team’s cause, coming in right behind Sorensen at 15:51. Mark Frerker finished in 16:13, Travis Lund came in at 16:14 and Mitch O’Connell brought up the rear for the top five runners with a time of 16:26. 

Sorensen and Branch qualified for the All KingCo team with their times. 

The Lady Spartans also performed well, placing fourth out of 12 teams and advancing to districts. Haley Hunter (All KingCo) led the way for Skyline with a finish of 19:07, while Michelle Ireland and Yina Moe-Lange ran times of 19:40 and 19:43 respectively. Julie Anne Howe posted a 20:32 finish and Lindsay Nicholson finished in 20:37.

“We’re looking to win district hopefully,” Hyland said.

The Issaquah boys gave it their best, and with their 1 minute, 1 second spread among the top five finishers, the Eagles eked out a district qualifying score against the consistently competitive Skyline and Redmond. 

For the boys, Chris Brasino finished first with a time of 16 minutes even, six spots behind Irish. Issaquah’s Jon Wallis and Kevin Lemond finished ninth and 10th overall, with times of 16:08 and 16:11, respectively. Following in the fourth and fifth team spots, Turner Wiley and Rory Montgomery finished in 16:53 and 17:01. 

The girls couldn’t muster a qualifying finish. Issaquah’s Arielle Walton finished 28th in the race, but was Issaquah’s first runner to cross the line. She finished with a time of 20:08. Teammates Brianna Fowler-Lindner and Sarah Nelson came in 17 seconds and 36 seconds later. Alex Nelson and Elaine Tran finished with times of 20:58 and 21:17. 

Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. 

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