Runner keeps the beat to second place at Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

July 20, 2010

Kim Harding holds her framed award for the second place finish among women June 26 in the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon. Contributed

“I’m a nobody. I’m just this little girl from Issaquah,” Kim Harding said.

The 22-year-old Issaquah High School graduate began to make more of a name for herself on June 26, however, as she finished in second place for women in the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon.

Harding finished in 2 hours, 56 minutes and 43 seconds, breaking three hours, an important marathoner landmark. She did so with little training, and no coach or team.

“What she showed us was this red-faced determination like nobody else I’ve seen,” her father, Jim Harding, said.

Kim Harding began her running career at age 9 after watching her older brother, Jon, at a race. Through high school, she ran cross country and track, but also participated in cheerleading and spent time with friends. She didn’t have the passion for running yet, she said. Read more

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Sports Roundup

June 29, 2010

Yankees call up Colin Curtis

Looking for a versatile left-handed bat in the Interleague stretch, the New York Yankees called up former Issaquah High School baseball star Colin Curtis from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre June 21.

Curtis, an outfielder, delivered in his second Major League game.

After making his debut June 21 and going out as a pinch hitter in the Yankees’ 10-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Curtis came through with a two-run double June 22 when New York prevailed 9-3.

Both games were played in Phoenix. Curtis’ parents and brother flew down to watch him play in the series.

Following the Arizona series, the Yankees traveled to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers. Curtis also played against the Dodgers.

Entering this week, Curtis had appeared in six games and collected two hits in six at bats with four runs batted in.

The first hit for Curtis had to be special, because he played college baseball at nearby Arizona State University. Curtis smashed a double off Arizona reliever Chad Qualls in the Yankees’ six-run eighth inning. When Curtis returned to the dugout, he got a hug from teammate Alex Rodgriguez.

Before getting called up, Curtis was hitting .280 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 35 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Arizona State product was a fourth-round draft selection in 2006. Curtis had been considered earlier in the season to be called up to New York, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in late April. Read more

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Issaquah runners rock Seattle marathon

June 29, 2010

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.

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