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For the second week in a row, freshman Hannah Waskom has broken the record for the five-kilometer race for a Mount Si girl runner.
She set it on Thursday, Oct. 24, running at 19:19 at Lake Sammamish State Park, then broke her own record with 19:05 on Halloween day at the Sea-King District meet, taking sixth
Waskom’s goal was to break into the top 10 that day. She had hard workouts last Saturday and Monday, then took it easy the two days prior to the race.
At districts, she was confident.
“I felt good the entire race,” she said. “I still feel like I can improve from where I am.”
Mount Si runners experienced this course at both the league championships and the Bellevue Invite.
This time around, it was a bit less muddy, with firmer ground, said senior Bailey Scott, who finished 13th with a time of 19:35.55.
Scott said she gave the race the best of her abilities.
Waskom and Scott will represent Mount Si at state, next weekend at the Tri-Cities. This is a rare opportunity for two Wildcat girl runners.
Scott has been a varsity leader since freshman year. She is excited for her third appearance at state (freshman year, she broke her toe and missed it).
She will train a bit this week, but “it’s really just evening it out so we can peak at the perfect time,” Scott said.
“This year, I loved having the girls to run with me,” she said. “They really pushed me, and I know I pushed them.”
“The word that comes to my mind is ‘strength,’” said head coach Christine Kjenner, describing her senior leader. “Her ability to focus on the race… her workout.”
Scott is a smart runner who plans races and knows how to finish strong. She had a great kick, or final push, at districts.
Waskom did, too. The record-holding freshman shows amazing promise, coaches say.
In an “amazing” first mile, “I thought she went out pretty darn hard,” Kjenner said. “I was surprised she had that much left at the end.”
This spring, look for Scott to make an impact in the mile or two-mile.
“Cross country is where I’ve made my best friends,” Scott said.
Among varsity runners, freshman Lindsey Sydnor finished 48th with 20:42.92. Ellie Bruce finished 69th with a time of 21:35.21, Sydney Leonard was 83rd with 22:51.53, and Hailey Hammer was 84th with 23:19.05. For Mount Si JV runners at districts, sophomore Jonny Gendro finished 29th with 18:15.31, sophomore Hunter Franklin was 67th with 18:50.24, and freshman Jackson Stokes was 70th with 18:52.85.
The Mount Si boys are a young squad and will only get faster. Meanwhile, for the future of the girls, three of the top five runners could return.
Waskom is proud of Scott and the whole team.
“We have had a great season. We only have one more week, and I’m hoping it’ll be a good one.”
Mount Si freshman Miranda Jarocki runs in the girls junior varsity race; Seth Truscott photo
The Mount Si varsity run begins on Oct. 31.
The Mount Si varsity girls placed fourth in league to advance to districts at Lake Sammamish.
Freshman Matthew Shaw and senior Sydney Leonard at districts.
Scott runs at Lake Sammamish State Park.