Crossed routes

September 24, 2013

Kennan Schrag, Issaquah High School sophomore, has his own cheering section, including football players from practice, lining the track Sept. 18 as he wins the boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds during the Eagles’ cross country meet against Redmond and Ballard. Photos By Greg Farrar

Kennan Schrag, Issaquah High School sophomore, has his own cheering section, including football players from practice, lining the track Sept. 18 as he wins the boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds during the Eagles’ cross country meet against Redmond and Ballard.
Photos By Greg Farrar

Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, arrives at the finish chute of the girls’ race to finish third on the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds during Issaquah’s Sept. 18 meet against Redmond and Ballard.

Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, arrives at the finish chute of the girls’ race to finish third on the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds during Issaquah’s Sept. 18 meet against Redmond and Ballard. Photo By Greg Farrar

Local athletes win at state track championships

May 28, 2013

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4x400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4×400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

Immediately after Liberty High School track stars Alex Olobia and Hiron Redman competed in the last race of their high school careers, the seniors embraced as they shook off the disappointment of a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay at the state track and field championship.

“Bellevue had just that much more, just a little bit more,” Redman said. “He just got me by a 30th of a second. That’s it.”

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Issaquah triathlon is set for June 1

May 28, 2013

The 13th annual Issaquah Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ Triathlon, sponsored by Arbor Schools, is June 1.

The Sprint Distance Triathlon begins at 7 a.m. The Spring Duathlon runs concurrently with the triathlon. The Issaquah 5K and 10K Run/Walk begins at 7 a.m. The Kids Triathlon begins at 9:30 a.m. and is recommended for children ages 6-12.

Expect traffic delays in and around Lake Sammamish State Park the morning of June 1.

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Liberty’s Campbell twins bring double positives

May 21, 2013

By Greg Farrar Matt Campbell (left) and two-minute-older twin brother Sean, Liberty High School seniors, pose with their javelins. They finished fourth and second, respectively, at the 3A KingCo Track and Field Championships May 10 at Redmond High School. Sean had the state’s fifth-best 3A javelin throw through last weekend.

By Greg Farrar
Matt Campbell (left) and two-minute-older twin brother Sean, Liberty High School seniors, pose with their javelins. They finished fourth and second, respectively, at the 3A KingCo Track and Field Championships May 10 at Redmond High School. Sean had the state’s fifth-best 3A javelin throw through last weekend.

Teachers can tell stories about twins who equaled double trouble, but the Campbell twins, Sean and Matt, seniors at Liberty High School, stand out for their double positive contributions: double the effort in two sports and double the boost of a serious academic climate.

The twins find themselves at home on the basketball court, at track and field events, and in the classroom.

The twins come from an athletic family. Their father William and their mother Arleen are both swimmers; their sister Rebecca plays basketball as a high school junior, as does the younger sister Alissa as a freshman.

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Issaquah track teams close out season with win against Newport

May 7, 2013

The weather has not always been ideal during this spring sports season, but it was nearly perfect as the Issaquah High School track team closed out its regular season with a win against Newport on May 2.

Issaquah was a double winner, with the boys securing a 76-69 victory, while the girls continued their strong season with an 87-63 win against the Knights.

Personal records were falling all over the place, as many Issaquah athletes put together their best performances of the season.

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Patriots find hidden gems during rebuilding year

April 23, 2013

By Greg Farrar Romney Noel (center), Liberty High School sophomore, beats Mount Si’s John Proctor (left) and Bradley Stevens over the last 100-meter hurdle to win in a time of 15.7 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Romney Noel (center), Liberty High School sophomore, beats Mount Si’s John Proctor (left) and Bradley Stevens over the last 100-meter hurdle to win in a time of 15.7 seconds.

When in the midst of a rebuilding year, coaches like Liberty High School’s Michael Smith are resigned to appreciate the little victories.

Take, for example, the Patriots’ home track meet April 18 against Mount Si. In the steady rain, Smith was able to find the silver lining in the girls’ narrow 2-point win and the boys’ 30-point loss.

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Liberty High School relay buddies take final trip to podium

May 29, 2012

Josh Gordon (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the baton handoff from teammate Hiron Redman for the anchor leg of the 4x400 3A state championship relay race May 26 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

Hiron Redman could barely believe it.

“Wow,” he thought. “This is it.”

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Issaquah foursome earns its (tiger) stripes at state

May 29, 2012

Issaquah High School relay members (from left) Gabrielle Gevers, Amanda Chalfant, Madison Callan, Mack Wieburg, Julianna Da Cruz and Grace Englund brought a tiger to the state 4A track and field championships. He chased them to second-place finishes in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. By Greg Farrar

The tiger had chased the Issaquah High School girls relay team all year.

And now here he was at the state meet, primly standing on the hand of one of the runners. He did not look menacing, but he was.

Earlier this year, the girls on the relay team had joked that they should run like a tiger was chasing them. So for state, they brought a tiger.

The feline helped five Eagle girls finish second in the 4×200 and 4×400 relays, with times of 1 minute, 42.6 seconds, and 3 minutes 53.99 seconds, respectively.

“We beat our own record,” senior Madison Callan said after the 4×400 race. “That was our biggest goal.”

Callan, Amanda Chalfant, Mack Wieburg, Gabrielle Gevers and Juliana Da Cruz, the latter a 4×200 runner, celebrated their state run posing for pictures holding each other and the tiger.

“We have a lot of love in our team,” Callan said, adding they created a bluesy tune for the team, just for fun.

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Issaquah track prepares for KingCo league championships

May 8, 2012

With the season winding to a close, Issaquah High School was scheduled to head to Juanita High School on May 9 to compete in the KingCo League championship meet.

The Eagles are having an exceptional year, especially on the girls side. Stars include Eva Perry, the defending state champion and school record holder in the pole vault; McKenna Hogan, who has qualified for state in jumps and sprints; and Cayla Seligmann, Ellie Clawson and Ellie Hendrikson, who have all done well in distance events this year.

Issaquah has had great depth in the sprints this season, getting good scores from Juliana da Cruz, Madison Callan, Hogan, Gabrielle Gevers and Mack Wieburg. The season performances put the girls in prime position to make a run at state in the 200-meter, 400-meter and 4×400 relay races.

KingCo League Championships were set to start at 3:30 p.m. at Juanita.

Spartans track team sweeps meet against Garfield

May 1, 2012

Skyline sophomore Bryan Lee threw the discus 132 feet, 2 inches, April 26, winning the event and setting a new personal record. By Lillian Tucker

With a boys score of 68 and a girls score of 98, Skyline High School’s track and field team put its best face forward April 26 when it swept its home meet against Garfield.

The clouds rolled in over the Sammamish field but never opened up to pour over the event. When the sun peeked out from behind its curtain it was not enough to warm the athletes, who peeled off their sweats only long enough to compete in their particular events.

At the long jump station, Lindsay Coutts, a Skyline junior, quickly shed her warmer layers before taking off down the runway and launching, her arms and legs stretched back before she came down in the sandpit. During her jumps, Coutts kept commenting that she found herself having to slow down before springing from the takeoff board.

“Sometimes my mark is off. I just have to make sure my run-up is solid and I don’t scratch,” she said.

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