Issaquah Triathlon returns June 4

May 31, 2011

By Staff

For many athletes, the triathlon season begins with the Issaquah Triathlon. This year’s Issaquah Triathlon is June 4 and is again held at Lake Sammamish State Park.

More than 1,000 athletes are expected to compete in the 11th annual event. The Issaquah Triathlon actually includes a variety of races.

The first race, the sprint triathlon, starts at 7 a.m. The sprint triathlon appeals to veteran triathletes, as well as novices.

The sprint triathlon course consists of a quarter-mile swim, a 15-mile bicycle ride and a 3-mile run.

The sprint duathlon consists of a 15-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.

Among the other events are the 5K and 10K runs, and the kids’ triathlon. The kids’ triathlon is broken down into two groups, ages 10-13 and 9 and under.

Call 206-914-4846 or go to

Grand Ridge run is June 1

People who want a competitive evening run can enter the Grand Ridge 5-mile or 10-mile Solstice Run June 1 at Grand Ridge Park in Issaquah.

The field is limited to the first 200 runners. The first race starts at 6:30 p.m.

Day-of-race registration begins at 5 p.m.

Call 301-7009 or go to to learn more.

Issaquah grad earns All-America honors

Issaquah High School graduate Mike Gerrard, a senior at the University of Oregon, was recently named to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association All-America team.

Gerrard also earned Defenseman of the Year honors in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League.

Oregon, which won its league title this spring, advanced to the national tournament, but lost to Michigan in the quarterfinals.

Rowers win regional titles

Two Sammamish Rowing Association junior teams took top honors May 20-22 at the Northwest Junior Regional Championships at Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash.

The junior women won the varsity eight trophy. Ellie Place, of Issaquah High School, was one of the rowers on the shell.

The junior men won the lightweight four trophy. Jack Elder, of Skyline, rowed on the shell.

Issaquah doubles takes sixth

The Issaquah High School doubles team of Sam Garrard and Sabrina Norton placed sixth May 27 at the 4A State tennis tournament in Vancouver, Wash.

Garrard and Norton made a strong comeback after losing their first-round match to Tahoma’s Sierra Southworth and Maddie Turek, 6-1, 6-3.

Garrard and Norton bounced back in the consolation round by defeating Beamer’s Jenny Hoefel and Kiele Bowman, 6-0, 6-0.

Garrard and Norton followed up that victory by beating Kamiak’s Alyssa Gilbert and Jenny Gilbert, 7-6, 7-6. The win moved the Issaquah players into the match for fifth and sixth place.

Garrard and Norton lost to Walla Walla’s Tianna Cummings and Claire Konen, 6-2, 6-2, to take sixth.

In the boys 4A tournament, Skyline’s Aman Manji failed to place but did win one match. After losing to Kent Andreasen, of Skyview, 7-6, 6-2, in the first round, Manji defeated Jarad Schaeder, of Auburn Riverside, 6-2, 6-2, in the consolation round. Manji’s season ended with a tough loss to Bellarmine Prep’s Alex Vogt, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Skyline golfer sixth at state

Skyline High School’s Brian Mogg finished sixth May 25 in the boys 4A state golf tournament at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane.

Mogg had a two-day total of 148. He shot a 73 May 28.

Eastlake’s Li Wang finished second in the tournament with a 144. He was three strokes behind the Olympia’s Dom Franks, who took the individual title with a 141. Evan Alston, of Eastlake, tied for third with a 145.

Bellarmine Prep won the team title with a 95.5 score and Eastlake was second at 89.

In the 4A girls tournament at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Eastlake finished eighth with 40 points.

Megan Wotherspoon, of Eastlake, was 15th with a 160. Teammate Jamie Midkoff was 27th at 167. Issaquah’s Lauren Merdinyan shot a first-day 92, but failed to make the cut for the final round.

At the 3A girls tournament at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane, Liberty High School’s Krysta Dawson placed 20th with a 175. Teammates Alex Duvall and Molly Culwell shot 96 and 97, respectively, the first day, but failed  to make the cut for the final round.

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