Issaquah grad conquers Rotary Run

October 6, 2009

By Staff

 Jon Harding, of Issaquah, winner of the Rotary Run 5K in a time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds, comes up to congratulate Ryan Goldstein, of Seattle, who finished one minute behind in second place. By Greg Farrar

Jon Harding, of Issaquah, winner of the Rotary Run 5K in a time of 15 minutes, 38 seconds, comes up to congratulate Ryan Goldstein, of Seattle, who finished one minute behind in second place. By Greg Farrar

During his Issaquah High School running days, Jon Harding almost always finished first or near the top.

Well, nothing has really changed for the Issaquah graduate. On Oct. 4, he took first place in the 5K race at the Issaquah Rotary Run at Salmon Days.

Harding completed the race in 15 minutes, 38 seconds. He finished a minute ahead of second-place runner Ryan Goldstein, of Seattle.

Liberty High School coach Michael Smith was third in 16:43. Skyline High School graduate Joey Chirillo was sixth in 18:57 and current Skyline runner Jamon Rogers was seventh in 19:02.Harding competed in cross country and track at Issaquah and at the University of Washington, where he recently graduated. His high school accomplishments include a first-place finish in the 3,200 meters at the 3A state track and field meet in 2004, and a third-place finish in the 3A state cross country championships in 2002, when the Eagles took second as a team.

During his collegiate career, Harding ranked in the University of Washington’s all-time top 10 in the indoor track and field 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. In cross country, Harding took first place at the 2007 Sundodger Invitational, setting school and Lincoln Park records.

Always excited and ready to go when a race began, whether high school or college, Harding certainly was in top form for the 5K.

Dana Zlateff, of Duvall, was the women’s 5K champion, finishing in 20:03. Molly Hund, of Issaquah, was second in 20:50 and Lisa Knoblich, of Issaquah, was third in 21:05. Joelle Riley, of Sammamish, placed fourth in 21:08.

The 10K race was won by JJ Acreff, of Ravensdale. He finished the race in 33:37. Spencer Riley, of Sammamish, was fourth in 35:14. Skyline freshman Keegan Symmes was sixth in 35:31 and Skyline graduate Justin Ireland was 11th in 37:13.

The women’s 10K winner was Kristi Houk, of Port Orchard, who finished the race in 37:02.

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