Issaquah runners rock Seattle marathon

June 29, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:05 a.m. June 29, 2010

Kim Harding, an Issaquah High School graduate, had not been running competitively in recent years until last November. So, the 22-year-old surprised herself and her family at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on June 26 by placing second in the women’s division.

Harding finished the race in 2:56:43. She finished 27th overall in the pack of men and women runners. In November, she placed 13th at the Seattle Marathon.

Sopagna Eap, a past Olympic Trials participant, took first in the women’s division in 2:43.05. Eap was a former NCAA Division II All-America at the University of California, Davis.

Nick Roumonada, an Issaquah and University of Washington graduate who now lives in New York City, competed in the half-marathon. The 31-year-old Roumonada, who runs with a high-tech, carbon-fiber prosthetic on his left leg, finished in 1:38:38. It was his 10th half-marathon this year.

The leg, made available through the Challenged Athletes Foundation, gives Roumonada the ability to run distance races. Roumonada’s diseased leg was amputated below the knee when he was 13.

Issaquah’s Jaclyn Dabell, 26, finished 57th overall in the half-marathon in a time of 1:23:29 and was first in her age group.

Kathy Bainbridge, of Issaquah, finished first in her age group. Bainbridge, 76, ran the half-marathon in 2:44:38.

The event drew 27,000 entrants from all 50 states and 23 countries.

Lakeside takes third in San Diego

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team won three games to place third at the Southern California Best of the West Tournament in San Diego last week.

Lakeside Recovery edged the San Diego Gamers 3-2 on June 25, topped the San Diego Dirtbags 7-3 on June 26, and downed Team San Diego 6-1 on Sunday.

In the victory against the Gamers, Issaquah High graduate Shane Yarnell gave Lakeside Recovery a strong pitching effort. Yarnell, an all-KingCo Conference selection last spring, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter in tossing a complete game. Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, and Jim Sinatro, of Skyline, each drove in a run for Lakeside Recovery.

Issaquah graduate Spencer Rogers’ pitching and hitting helped Lakeside Recovery beat the Dirtbags. Rogers pitched the first four innings before getting relieved by Skyline graduate Adrian Sampson, who threw two scoreless innings. Rogers had two hits and Skyline graduate Sean Penberthy had two hits to lead Lakeside Recovery.

In the victory against Team San Diego, pitcher Matt Houser, of Issaquah, threw a complete game and struck out four hitters. Rogers had two hits, one a three-run home run, and Mahovlich had two hits for Lakeside Recovery.

In a game to enter the championship round, Lakeside Recovery lost to the Arroyo Seco Saints, of California, 5-4.

Lakeside Recovery, 10-11 on the season, enters the Curt Daniels Memorial Tournament on Wednesday in Portland.

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