Eastlake girls glide to easy victory over Skyline

October 4, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Keegan Symmes, Skyline High School junior, approaches the finish line in 15:41, well before the rest of the field Sept. 28 during the Spartans’ cross country meet against Eastlake at Klahanie Park. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School junior cross country runner Keegan Symmes continued his dominance in the KingCo Conference 4A Sept. 28 at Klahanie Park.

Against Eastlake and Inglemoor, he finished in 15 minutes, 41 seconds. Symmes finished 46 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Michael Flindt, of Eastlake.

With Symmes leading the pack, Skyline eked out a win with 31 points to Eastlake’s 32. Inglemoor took third with 62.

“I just ran with the team,” Symmes said after the race.

Symmes and his coach, Brendan Hyland, said most runners took it a little easier at Klahanie, as both Eastlake and Skyline were preparing for the Oct. 1 Tomahawk Twilight Invitational in Marysville. Still, Symmes’ time was near the course record.

“It’s coming together,” he said. “The season hasn’t been as fast as I’d like, but hopefully I’ll get better later.”

Symmes ended up having a busy weekend. At the Tomahawk Twilight Invitational, on the Cedarcrest Golf Course, he finished first in the 3.1-mile race in 15:54. Then, on Oct. 2, Symmes finished second in the 10K race at the Issaquah Rotary Run. He completed the race in 33:27.

According to Hyland, opponents have not seen the best of Symmes.

“His best running is ahead of him,” Hyland said. “He’s only gonna get better.”

In the KingCo meet, Symmes led Skyline with teammates Brandan Long and Jay Bowlby finishing in 16:38 and 16:41, respectively. Joey Nakao crossed the finish line in 16:46 and Jamon Rogers finished in 16:48. Eastlake’s top five managed the tightest spread of the day — 35 seconds. Flindt ran a 16:27, and was followed by Mark Milloy in 16:31, Kyle Suver in 16:42, Jordan Oldenburg in 16:43 and Grant Flindt in 16:52.

In the girls meet, Anastasia Kosykh, in her second year of cross country for Eastlake, ran the 5K course in 18:48. She finished 19 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

“I went out trying to be in the pack and it didn’t really happen,” Kosykh said after the race. “We just felt really good.”

The Wolves won the meet, scoring a low of 22 points to Skyline’s 51 and Inglemoor’s 61.

Behind Kosykh, Nicole Stinnett finished third overall (19:21), Morgan O’Connor placed fifth (20:07), Emily Dwyer took sixth (20:08) and Olivia Palenscar finished in 20:35.

“We really make each other feel stronger,” Kosykh said.

The Skyline girls came in second after its top five runners clocked in 1:32 apart. Sam Krahling took third overall with a time of 19:26. Caitlin McIlwain finished in 20:37, Haley Smith ran 20:51, Maria Fuller and Kathryn Steele both crossed the finish line in 20:58.

Issaquah girls race by Ballard

The Issaquah girls cross country team remained unbeaten Sept. 28 when the Eagles flew by visiting Ballard, 17-44.

Issaquah, 5-0, captured five of the top six places and put eight runners into the top 10. Freshman Ellie Hendrickson paced the Eagles by finishing first in the 3-mile race in 19:24. It was her first varsity win.

Issaquah’s Ellie Clawson and Rachel Osgood tied for second, each finishing in 19:27. Abby Wilson and Emily Winterstein, of Issaquah, were fifth and sixth. Amanda Chalfant, Nikita Sirohi and Abby Irwin went eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, for Issaquah.

In the boys meet, Ballard defeated Issaquah, 18-41. Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, finishing third in 16:40.

Liberty cross country teams fall to Interlake

Liberty’s teams suffered their first losses of the KingCo Conference 3A/2A season Sept. 28 by getting beaten by host Interlake at Marymoor Park.

Interlake won the boys meet, 22-37. Hiron Redman was Liberty’s top runner, taking third in 16 minutes, 54 seconds.

Interlake won the girls meet, 24-31. Megan Chucka was Liberty’s top runner, placing fourth in 20:01.

Spartans second at Tomahawk

Skyline, paced by Symmes, finished second in the 4A team standings at the Oct. 1 Tomahawk Twilight Invitational. The Spartans had 117 points.

Garfield, also a KingCo 4A team, was first with 102 points. Eastlake took fifth with 160 and Issaquah was 17th with 434. Long was 28th for Skyline. Howe was Issaquah’s top placer in 68th place.

In the girls meet, Eastlake won the 4A team title with 97 points. Issaquah was third with 134 and Skyline was fourth with 141. Kosykh was fifth in 1845. Clawson was Issaquah’s top runner, placing 16th. Krahling led Skyline by placing 31st.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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