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‘A great day for running’: Accelerating Mount Si cross country team tries out home course | Photo gallery
Treading new ground, Mount Si senior Tom Kirby was pleasantly surprised to see the fall scenery at Mountain Meadows Farm flash by at unexpected speed.
“Not a bad season start,” he says.
Kirby, who has been out with a stress fracture in his shin, finished his first varsity meet of the year 10th overall, at 18:21.09.
Like any runner, he went over the ups and downs of the race—a fast start, a slower second lap—and wished he had stuck with his pace.
“Still, not bad,” Kirby said. The farm’s terrain posed several challenges—rolling hills were deceptively tough, and straightaways needed special attention. But all things said, this is truly cross country running.
“Great scenery,” says Kirby, taking in a sunsplashed Mount Si. “Look at that. You’ve got the whole mountain. A great day for running.”
Kirby’s finish, tying with Sam Isen for fourth finisher among Mount Si boys, was among the highlights of the team’s finish at home against the Interlake Saints. Mount Si fell to the Saints in team scores.
Mount Si boys’ top finishers were Preston Banks at second with 16.46, Tim Corrie at fifth with 17:14.8, and Dom Canady at seventh with 17:34.2.
Among the girls, Bailey Scott, who took second in the girls race, was happy with her time of 19:47.4.
“I think I’m starting to figure out my pacing,” said Scott— “When to push, when to speed up, and get better times.”
Abbey Bottemiller was fifth with 21:10.3, followed by Ella Thompson at eighth with 21.59 and Elisabeth Johanson at tenth with 22:28.8.
Scott was among other runners, such as Tim Corrie, who prefered the Mountain Meadows course to the Wildcats’ old neighborhood course centered on Snoqualmie Elementary School.
“It’s better to run on,” Scott said. Corrie liked it, too; he laced on spikes for speed. That’s tricky on paved courses.
Sophomore Angelina Belceto disagrees—she prefers the hills.
“I’m not a fan of flat surfaces,” she said. “I’m always on my toes—it pushes me up the hill faster.”
Thompson had a good day—she PR’d—improved her personal record—by a second.
Top boys finisher Banks also made gains.
“The hills weren’t that bad, and the long stretch gave me the opportunity to race a couple of guys. That helped me get my time down. That’s an extremely good lifetime PR.”
Banks is running the 5K more than a minute faster than he was one year ago. There are several reasons for that.
At his old school, “I had no competition,” the Oregon transfer says. Here, he pushes himself against local vets Canady and Corrie. That spurs his competitive streak.
“Running is a mental game now,” he says. “I’ve got to push through it. I know I have the ability to go farther than my body thinks.”
Tom Kirby had good results in his first meet this fall.
Mount Si girls begin their run at Mtn Meadows Farm.
Bailey Scott, left, and Abbey Bottemiller, right, push up a hill.
Delaney Hollis cruises
Preston Banks, lead Mount Si boys finisher.
Ariana Moreno, Mari Patis, Lydia Petroske, Aubrey McMichael, of Mount Si, move through fall scenery.