Issaquah boys win KingCo 4A cross country title
October 27, 2009
By Tim Pfarr
Skyline, Liberty strong as well
The Issaquah High School boys cross country team came away with the 4A KingCo Conference title Oct. 22 at the KingCo championships at Lake Sammamish State Park.
The Eagles recorded a score of 61. The second-place finisher was Redmond, with 96.
Issaquah head coach Gwen Robertson said she was thrilled with the result.
“To win a KingCo title is really impressive,” Robertson said. “We’re very proud of them to have won.”
The league title was Issaquah’s fifth, and first since 2002.
Issaquah’s top finishers were senior Chris Brasino, who finished fifth with a time of 16 minutes and 3 seconds, and senior Kevin LeMond, who finished ninth with a time of 16:10. For Brasino, it was the third time in four years that he finished among the top seven runners in a league championship race. It was LeMond’s second top-10 finish.
“Everything just clicked,” LeMond said. “It just shows how much hard work pays off.”
Six of the seven Issaquah boys who raced in the KingCo meet finished in the top 25, and all seven boys will race in the bi-district championship meet Oct. 31 in Kelso.
The Issaquah girls finished 10th as a team, but sophomore Nicole Migotsky and senior Arielle Walton both qualified for the bi-district championship as individuals; only the top seven 4A KingCo teams advance. Migotsky finished 21st with a time of 20:10, and Walton finished 35th with a time of 20:44.
“I felt really strong,” Migotsky said, adding she was very excited to be moving on, but that the district championship meet is sure to be a challenge.
“It’ll definitely be tough,” she said.
Skyline and Liberty also finished well, and both schools’ girls and boys teams advanced.
Skyline boys finished third with a score of 109, and the girls finished seventh with a score of 184.
“We feel pretty fortunate to be moving on,” said Skyline coach Brendan Hyland, adding that the girls race was close.
“We were a little worried there for a while,” he said.
Skyline’s top boys finisher was junior Kyle Branch, who finished third with a time of 16 minutes. Skyline’s top girls finisher was freshman Elise Pletcher, who finished 23rd with a time of 20:16.
“It wasn’t my best race,” Pletcher said, noting that she was a little sick the day of the race. “We’ll make it up in district.”
Both Skyline teams will attend the Oct. 31 meet along with the Issaquah boys team and girls qualifiers.
Liberty boys finished third in the 3A/2A KingCo meet with a score of 75 points, and the girls finished fifth with a score of 101. However, because fourth-place Interlake is a 2A school, the Liberty girls advance to the 3A Sea-King District Oct. 29 at Lake Sammamish State Park as KingCo No. 4. The district meet stars at 2 p.m.
“We all are happy,” said Liberty head coach Mike Smith. “This is all we really wanted.”
Smith said his teams’ keys for success will be staying healthy.
Liberty’s top boys finisher was senior Eric Bice, who finished third with a time of 15:49. He had recently returned from visiting a college on the East Coast, and he said as a result he didn’t have too much time to prepare.
Liberty’s top girl finishers were freshman Michaela Chucka, who finished 14th with a time of 21:05, and sophomore Kaily Davies, who finished 15th just one second later.
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