Cross country teams tune up for league championship meets

October 18, 2011

By Staff

Issaquah School District teams wrapped up their regular seasons last week in a final tuneup for the Oct. 20 KingCo Conference Championship meets.

The Issaquah and Skyline high school teams will enter the KingCo 4A meet at Seattle’s Lincoln Park. The boys varsity race starts at 2:45 p.m. and the girls varsity race is set for 3:15 p.m. The top eight teams and 40 individuals advance to a bi-district meet Oct. 29 at Lincoln Park.

Liberty High School competes in the KingCo 3A meet at Lake Sammamish State Park. The girls varsity race begins at 2:45 p.m. and the boys varsity race starts at 3:15 p.m. The top four teams and 20 individuals advance to the Sea-King District 2 meet Oct. 27 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Eagles finish second

The Issaquah High School girls team concluded one of its best seasons Oct. 12 by placing second in a four-team KingCo 4A meet at Redmond’s Hartman Park.

Host Redmond won the meet with 31 points. Issaquah was second with 47 points, followed by Eastlake with 50 and Newport with 106. It was the first time Issaquah had defeated Eastlake since 1996.

Eastlake’s Anastasia Kosykh won the 5K race in 18 minutes, 53 seconds. Ellie Clawson was Issaquah’s top runner, placing fourth in 19:38. Rachel Osgood, of Issaquah, was ninth and teammate Ellie Hendrickson came in 10th. Cayla Seligman was 13th and Abby Wilson placed 14th to round out Issaquah’s top five runners.

Issaquah ended the regular season with a 9-1 record. The mark was Issaquah’s best since 2005.

In the boys meet, Redmond was first with 27 points. Eastlake took second with 45 points, followed by Newport with 81 and Issaquah with 101. Redmond’s Johnathan Stevens finished first in 16:23.

Tom Howe was Issaquah’s top runner, placing 12th in 17:26.

Liberty boys capture cross country finale

Nick Knoblich and Aaron Bowe, finished first and second, respectively, Oct. 12, as they led the Liberty boys cross country team to victories against Mount Si and Mercer Island at Mount Si High School.

Liberty finished with 37 points to top Mount Si, which was second with 40 points. Mercer Island came in third with 47 points.

Knoblich finished first in 17:28. Bowe was second in 17:30. Mason Goodman, of Liberty, also cracked the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:06. Hiron Redman was 11th and Jason Murray came in 14th for the Patriots, who ended the regular season with a 6-3 record.

In the girls meet, Liberty finished second to Mercer Island. The Islanders had 27 points and Liberty had 39 points. Mount Si was third with 70. Allie Wood was Liberty’s top placer, taking third in 20:15. Amy Broska and Sarah Bliesner were sixth and seventh, respectively, for Liberty. Megan Larson placed 11th and Aimee Christensen came in 12th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

The Patriots ended the season with a 7-2 record.

Skyline girls finish first

The Skyline girls finished first in a four-team KingCo 4A meet Oct. 12 at Lincoln Park.

Skyline had 41 points with Roosevelt a close second with 47 points. Garfield took third with 73 points and Ballard was last with 129.

Samantha Krahling was Skyline’s top runner, finishing third in 19:34. Kathryn Steele and Christina Smith also cracked the top 10 for Skyline. Steele was seventh and Smith was eighth. Caitlin McIlwain was 11th and Haley Smith placed 12th to round out Skyline’s top five runners.

In the boys meet, Skyline took second, finishing just two points behind first-place Garfield. The Bulldogs had 38 points with Skyline second with 40. Roosevelt was third with 76 points and Ballard came in fourth with 88. Skyline’s Keegan Symmes finished first in 15:44. Joey Nakao took seventh, Jay Bowlby placed ninth, Kevin Tidball was 11th and Brendan Long came in 12th for Skyline.

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