Liberty cross-country sweeps Lake Washington, Sammamish

October 14, 2014

Patriots, Eagles do well at invitational

The Liberty High School cross-country team swept the competition, defeating both Lake Washington and Sammamish in an Oct. 8 meet at Bellevue’s Robinswood Park.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School athletes (from left) Sarah Bliesner, Tyra Christopherson, Kelsey Takeuchi and Carlyn Schmidgall run in the girls cross-country race Oct. 8 at Robinswood Park against Sammamish and Lake Washington as coach Mike Smith cheers them on.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School athletes (from left) Sarah Bliesner, Tyra Christopherson, Kelsey Takeuchi and Carlyn Schmidgall run in the girls cross-country race Oct. 8 at Robinswood Park against Sammamish and Lake Washington as coach Mike Smith cheers them on.

The Patriots’ boys and girls squads each scored 22 points on the way to the win. Senior Trevor Sytsma was the top finisher for the boys, navigating the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 54 seconds. Teammate Andrew Cooper was right behind him, finishing second with a time of 18:14.

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Liberty senior will run for the Redhawks

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson, of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

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Liberty sports will move to 2A next season

January 14, 2014

Liberty High School sports teams will compete in the 2A classification for a two-year period beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released enrollment numbers showing that Liberty, at 891.8, is the size of a 2A school. Schools with less than 990.8 students, but more than 472, are considered 2A.

In the recent past, the Patriots have opted up to the 3A level, despite its stature as one of the state’s smallest 3A schools, but this time around administrators have decided to test the 2A waters.

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Patriots cross-country squads finish undefeated in KingCo

October 22, 2013

By Greg Farrar Aaron Bowe (right), Liberty High School senior, and sophomore Collin Olson run with three Islanders in the lead pack Oct. 16 at their cross country meet. Bowe won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds and Olson took second in 15:59.

By Greg Farrar
Aaron Bowe (right), Liberty High School senior, and sophomore Collin Olson run with three Islanders in the lead pack Oct. 16 at their cross country meet. Bowe won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds and Olson took second in 15:59.

On the back of the Liberty cross-country team’s blue sweatshirts is an outline of Washington state. Superimposed across it are the words “We run this place.”

The 2013 Patriots are well on the way to living up to the phrase, having just completed an undefeated KingCo 3A/2A regular season.

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