October 2, 2008 · Updated 10:10 PM
Wildcats outpaced by Indians, Saints
Boys - Issaquah 32, Interlake 40, Mount Si 61
Fall arrived Thursday, and with it came rain, lower temperatures,
indeterminate ceilings and questionable visibility. However, cross country
is an all-weather sport, and the Mount Si Wildcats provided a misty
Valley welcome to the squads from number one-ranked Interlake and Issaquah.
In the men's 3.0-mile race, Interlake's Henry Luiten broke
the tape first, with a winning time of 16:19.2. The only Mount Si runner
to place in the top ten was Payton Thompson, whose 17:06.7 was good
for sixth place. However, Bryce Kaestner took the Rookie Runner of the
Week award for knocking two minutes of his previous time.
Issaquah took third, fifth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places and
Girls - Issaquah 18, Interlake 57, Mount Si 61
The Wildcat women had more of a near-run thing, ultimately losing
second place to Interlake by four points. Issaquah took the top two places,
with Whitney Stern winning the race with a time of 20:15.2. Mount Si's
Katie Childs ran a strong course, coming in third with a time of 22:01.
Teammate Ashley Wiegardt placed eighth with a 22:41.
Last Saturday, the `Cats participated in the Bellevue Invitational
at Lake Sammamish Park. The Mount Si men finished 27th with a team
score of 398, while the women placed 16th with a score of 311.
The Wildcats' next 3A cross country meet is on Thursday, Sept.
30, when they travel to Mercer Island to face the Islanders and Newport.
Red Wolf boys outrun Islanders, Totems
Boys - Cedarcrest 27, Mercer Island 40, Sammamish 55
The runnin' Red Wolves' men thoroughly dominated Thursday's
home meet in the rain and clag. A major herd of runners representing the
Wolves, Islanders and Totems made the two- short, two-long lap, 3.03-mile
run, which featured a slog up "Bruce McDowell Memorial Mountain"
on the last two circuits.
Cedarcrest's James Conrick came home first in convincing fashion,
with a time of 17:28.7. He was followed across the line by Sammamish's
Andrew Kim (17:48.6) and teammates Danny Abell (18:01.5) and
Eric Pedeferri (18:07.1). The Wolves' Chris Lee placed sixth, with a time
Girls - Mercer Island 18, Sammamish 60, Cedarcrest 60
The Red Wolves's women's squad had a time of it Thursday, taking
on the much larger Totem and Islander programs. The tone of the event
was set by the miserable weather conditions: when classmate and
supporter Bryan Sharp yelled out an inspirational, "CHS spells success!"
several ladies responded with "What are we? Wet Wolves!"
Mercer Island's Nicole Kelleher led the pack, finishing the 3-plus
mile course at 21:13.3. The first "wet
wolf" to cross the line was Kelly Ramierez, who did a 23:22.9 for ninth place.
She was followed by teammate Yingxuan Law who clocked in at
23:040.9. Sammamish was awarded second place overall through the sixth
place tie breaker.
Last Saturday, the Cedarcrest runners participated in the Bellevue
Invitational at Lake Sammamish Park, with the men placing 17th overall
with a team score of 306. Conrick took eighth place in the 3.1 mile run,
coming across the line with a time of 16:16.
Eisenhower High School placed first in the men's competition; the
top male runner was Nick Shuetze of Hillsboro High School, Ore., with
a time of 15:48. On the women's side, the fastest individual was
Megan Johnson of Seattle Prep, 18:05, while Marysville-Pilchuck took the
The Red Wolves' next 3A meet is Thursday, Sept. 30, when they
join Bellevue in an away race at Issaquah. The matchup with the strong
Indian squad should be legendary.