Mount Si junior Joe Waskom competes in the 1,600-meter run on March 29 at Bothell High. Andy Nystrom/staff photo

Mount Si junior Joe Waskom competes in the 1,600-meter run on March 29 at Bothell High. Andy Nystrom/staff photo

Wildcat on the loose: Mount Si’s Waskom is running strong

Junior has qualified for several track and cross country state meets

Joe Waskom seems to relish being at the center of attention when it comes to running.

As a 6-year-old, he began tackling 5K fun runs and notched a string of victories. Now, as a Mount Si High junior distance runner, Waskom is all smiles and at ease when speaking about his craft. Prior to last week’s tri-meet with Issaquah and Bothell at Bothell High, he discussed his world of track and cross country while joking with a coach who strolled by and greeting his grandma as she neared the grandstand.

“I’m super excited for this track season. I’ve been waiting for it all year, I’ve been training hard, putting in a good amount of miles, trying to run my best,” said Waskom, who trekked to second in the 3,200 meters and fourth in the 1,600 meters as a sophomore at the 4A state meet last season. His top times in those races, respectively, are 9:14 and 4:16.

Waskom kicked off his Mount Si track career by qualifying for state in the 3,200 as a freshman. In one of the hardest races in his life, the harrier finished ninth in 9:28.

The Wildcat raises his head and sighs when thinking about that initial state race as if to say he’s come a long way since then.

There’s cross country on his docket as well, and he finished 10th at state last fall and competed at the premier event as a freshman and sophomore, too.

Waskom’s older sister, Hannah, has guided him along the way with her running success.

“Seeing her work hard every day made me even more motivated to work hard, put in the extra miles and try and get better so I can go to state,” he said of Hannah, who competed at Mount Si and now runs cross country and track at the University of Washington. “We’re super supportive of each other and we love to run together and it’s always just fun.”

The Waskoms are running in the footsteps of their mother, who competed in cross country and track at Washington State University.

Joe used to play soccer a kid, but kicking a ball didn’t strike a chord with him anymore when he grasped onto running. He hasn’t stopped lacing up his shoes and legging it out on the long-distance runs. He loves everything about the sport, he said.

“I thrive on it. It gets the adrenaline going, and every time I hear the splits, it makes me even want to go faster,” he said.

More in Sports

Mount Si Wildcats freshman guard Bennett O’Connor takes the ball strong to the hoop against Glacier Peak on Feb. 16. Mount Si earned a 60-53 overtime victory, clinching a berth in the district title game. Mount Si notched a 65-56 victory over Jackson to win the 4A WesKing District title on Feb. 18. The Wildcats (23-2) will play in the regionals this weekend at a place and time to be determined at the Record deadline. Photo courtesy of Calder Productions
Mount Si wins district title

The Mount Si Wildcats boys basketball team earned a 65-56 victory over… Continue reading

Mount Si Wildcats sophomore Tryon Kaess earned first place in the Mat Classic Class 4A state tournament in the 106-pound division. Kaess defeated Davis wrestler Jaden Sanchez 7-3 in the championship match on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Kaess reaches the absolute pinnacle on the mat

Mount Si sophomore Tryon Kaess captures a state title.

Flying through the pool

Mount Si junior Nathan Harris competes in the 100 butterfly B final… Continue reading

Soccer and hockey take center stage on vacation / Sports Scene

When you’re on vacation, you might as well pack as many vital… Continue reading

Six Mount Si High School Wildcats student athletes made their collegiate athletic choices known to the entire North Bend/Snoqualmie community during a signing-day ceremony on the morning of Feb. 7 at Mount Si High School. Mount Si athletes moving on to the collegiate level in their respective sports consisted of Hayley West (Oregon State University-rowing), Jonny Barrett (Dartmouth-football), Tessa Lewis (Southwestern University-lacrosse), Jessica Morris (University of Findlay-lacrosse), Mateo DiDomenico (Cal State East Bay-soccer) and Joe Waskom (University of Washington-track). Photo courtesy of Darren Brown
Wildcat athletes partake in signing-day ceremony

Six Mount Si High School Wildcats student athletes made their collegiate athletic… Continue reading

Inglemoor junior Cecelia Bresee, right, is defended proficiently by Mount Si freshman forward Lauren Glazier, left, during a Wes-King 4A district playoff game on Feb. 7 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Vikings earn win against Wildcats in loser-out playoff game

Mount Si girls hoops team finishes the season with 11 wins.

At long last, Edgar Martinez’s waiting game is over. Photo by clare_and_ben/Flickr
Edgar Martinez finally makes the Hall of Fame

In his last year on the ballot, the Mariner legend and greatest designated hitter of all time gets the Cooperstown call.

Barrett commits to Dartmouth College

Mount Si senior wide receiver Jonny Barrett has committed to play football… Continue reading

Shriner jumps into the diving world

Sophomore is Mount Si’s first-ever diver.

Mount Si Wildcats freshman Lauren Glazier, right, and senior Abigail Triou, left, box out a Newport player during a matchup on senior night on Jan. 16 in Snoqualmie. Photo courtesy of Patrick Krohn/Patrick Krohn Photography
Knights defeat Wildcats in 4A KingCo matchup

Mount Si loses to Newport on senior night.

Mount Si sports some gritty wrestlers

Kaess, Marum and Marenco lead the way.

Sportswriter Shaun Scott and his friends Brian Walker and Tony Walker met NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 24. Courtesy photo
A memorable Vegas trip

Sportswriter Shaun Scott meets one of the best NBA players to ever lace up sneakers.