Northwest Review for the Week Ending 9/18

By Leo Collins

It was a big week for many of the Northwest’s premier runners. We were on hand to cover three events during that time including Priscilla Timmons’ second straight triumph at New Balance, where she defeated Alexandria Cross of Tualatin, Ragan Allen of Grant, Claire DeVoe of Lincoln & Kristin Coffman of Tualatin. Ian Burgess of Franklin claimed the featured race for the guys defeating Andy Bennison of Central Catholic & Jackson Baker of Franklin. Covered separately also are Dylan Croeni (15:53) of Washougal’s victory over Dan Oekerman & Kevin Kavanaugh of Beaverton along with Hayley Gregoire’s triumph at Bush Pasture in 18:58. Our first race of the week was the major Mt. Hood/Three Rivers League Cross-Over at Clackamas Community College, which saw West Linn ‘s Taylor West (16:09) top his team mate Cullen Wannarka (16:16), while in a major girl’s matchup saw Centennial’s Andrea Dettman (18:48) bested Ragan Allen (18:56), Paige Rice (18:59) of St. Mary ‘s Academy & Kelly O ‘ Neill (19:18) of Lakeridge.

The South Whidbey Invitational saw major action in the girls’ race with Foot Locker qualifier Maddie Meyers of Nortwest (18:41) topping a stellar field on a quality course. In her wake were Lucy Cheadle of Roosevelt (18:44) and Glacier Peak’s Katie Bianchi (18:44) & Amy Elosie Neale (18:50). Berenice Penaloza of Eisenhower also ran a fine (18:55) while Minna Fields of Stanwood had an off-day placing 9th in 19:33 The Glacier Peak gals topped Eisenhower for the team title 69 to 82, while Eisenhower easily annexed the boys’ title 42 to 120 & 121 over Henry Jackson & Bellingham. Angelo Comeaux of Everett came home first in 15:59 to top Ike’s German Silva (16:01) & Tim Cummings (16:06). The Mt. Carmel Invitational may be held in San Diego at Balboa Park, home of Foot Locker Nationals, but it had northwest implications as well. Molly Grabill of Rancho Bernardo displayed why she is one of my three co-favorites for national honors at Foot Locker by zipping the 2.7 mile course in 14:36 topping Alli Billmeyer, who had broken her Bronco course record the week before. Billmeyer ran 14:43 & behind her were St. Mary ‘s Academy runners Christy Richards (12th – 16:25), Isa Almy (35th – 17:26), Haley Kruell (50th – 18:07), Erin Bergman (83rd – 19:24) & Emily Schultz (84th – 19:25). The SMA girls placed 4th in the senior girls’ division. Paige Rice finished 4th in the freshman race with 15:54. Sophie Kurschner of SMA earned 22nd in that race with 18:25. Elias Gedyon won a tough race among the guys with a time of 14:40 to defeat Lane Werly (14:41) & Matt Carpowich (14:59) Fort Steilacoom’s noted invitational saw Nate Brennand blitz the course in a time of 15:40. The Olympia runner won the race by 18 seconds, as he defeated Todd Jackson of Elma, who edged Curtis King of Peninsula (15:59). Shadle Park ‘s Kendra Weitz (18:48), Katie Morris (18:59) & Chelsea Chandler (19:19) went 2-4 yet were overwhelmed by Sarah Reiter’s impressive 18:17. The Lindbergh junior is another who is much improved from her previous year & it will be interesting to follow her progress.

Shadle Park sent its guys to Idaho to compete at the Farragut Invitational and Nathan Weitz established a new course record of 16:03. David Norris of Coeur d’ Alene finished alone in 2nd with 16:46. CDA star Kinsey Gomez won the young ladies’ race by over a minute with a time of 19:28 defeating Christina Anderson of NWCC who ran 20:40.

With three different courses of varying difficulty it is hard to compare the races at the Seaside 3 Course Challenge but there were a fair number of quality runners for sure. Megan Fristoe of Summit won the difficult course for girls with 23:45 for the 5.5K course, while Jasmine Johnson of Federal Way claimed 2nd in 23:54. Kellie Foley of Crook County easily won the moderate title with 21:09 & Rachel Atwood garnered the “Easy” course race with 18:42 for 4.5K. William Cliff of St. George’s (British Columbia) took the hard course competition with a time of 19:09 on the 5.5K course & Meron Simon of Federal Way (19:15) & Korey Krotzer (Auburn Riverside) was 3rd (19:20). Riverside’s Keefe Hanson edged Crater’s Neil Seibert on the 5.1K course 18:12 to 18:14. Jared Lehning of Snohomish topped Max Runia of Crater over the easy course (15:23 to 15:35.

At Su Valley (Alaska) John Klein of Grace Christian won the young men’s race in 16:16 while Mariel Applegate claimed the girls’ title with 19:19.

Cook Inlet Invitational action saw Brandon Brewster of Anchorage South (13:19) win the 4K race, while Amelia Hennessy of Dimond (15:38) claimed the girls’ title.

Raelyn Robinson of Siuslaw triumphed at Molalla with 20:08 and Mitchell Butler from the same school annexed the boys’ title as a freshman with 16:25.

Juneau Invitational - Sage Thibadeau of Juneau Douglas set his 2nd course record of the year as he ran 16:49 on the Shady Beach course. Kaitlyn Surdyk claimed the girls’ title with a time of 20:37. JD won both the girls & boys races.

Daryl Phill of Bellarmine was not far off the course record set last year by Devin McMahon (18:12), when she won the Sundodger Invitational at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Kaitlyn Kaluzny of A C Davis came home 2nd, while Bellarmine topped Skyline for the team title 40 -51. Skyline runners went 1 – 2 in the guys’ race to lead their team to an easy victory over Garfield. Kyle Branch ran 15:39, while Keegan Symmes was 2nd in 15:42.

At the Kelso Invitational the home team won all the team & individual titles, as the girls topped Canby 39 -47 & the boys had a low of 26 points. Elle Mustion ran 19:58, while Dalton Mitchell clocked 17:32 to earn victories individually. Ddistance was 3 miles.

At Salt Creek Kingston’s Marina Roberts flew from the start to easily win the girls title and also broke the course record held by her older sister Ruby, who now runs at WSU. Marisa Hielkema of Lynden Christian & Alison Mawell of Port Angeles finished 2nd & 3rd with times of 18:13 & 18:16 for the three mile course. Nicholas Schippers of Kingston edged Ethan Davis of Nathan Hale 15:17 to 15:19 to win the boys’ race. Bellevue won the boys’ team title & Interlake won the girls.

Erin Hegarty won a race in Richland on Tuesday. She ran 18:26 at Hanson Park.

Of Note Around the nation Ammar Moussa of Arcadia garnered the boys’ race at Woodbridge with a time of 14:25 for 3 miles & Ryan Urie was 2nd in 14:32. Catrina McAlister, also from Arcadia, blitzed the course in 16:43 yet was only three seconds in front of Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter.

At Gorham, Maine Emily Durgin of Cheverus ran 18:10.00 to earn victory over Mia Rapolla of Gorham (18:46.00) & Fiona Hendry of Cheverus (18:46.00). Jack Terwilliger of Cheverus won the boys’ title in 16:19.

At Briarwood back East Megan Venables of NJ won a battle against Sara Sargent of Pa. & her time of 17:39 broke the course record. Sargent also broke the old CR with a time of 18:04, which was 22 seconds below the former record. For Venables it was a pleasant turn-around for she had failed to qualify for Foot Locker in the Northeast Regional last year, while Sargent finished 8th. Tom Trainer led the guys with 16:10.

In Colorado the Liberty Bell meet Eleanor Fulton zipped to a course record with a time of 17:33.8. The top time for the guys was that of Will Kinkaid of 15:34.

In Wisconsin Tommy Meister won the Arrohead Invitational in 15:37 to best Russell Sandvold’s 15:49. The girls only ran 4K & Molly Seidel (14:05) led the way.

In Arizona the George Young Invitational (3 miles) saw Will Firth defeat Cory Breinholt (15:43) & Brandon Kocmoud (15:47), as he ran 15:39.3. Sarah Fakler was a runaway winner among the young ladies with her 17:47.5.

At the SBID Meet in Texas Weston Novelli won the 5K in 15:38, while Cale Wallace ran 15:56. Lara Samarneh led the girls two mile run with 12:24.

At the Boardman Spartan Invitational in Youngstown, Ohio Ryan Gil led the way in 15:58.46

Chris Walden, a 2009 Foot Locker qualifier, broke the magic 15 minute barrier for the 2nd straight week, as he triumphed at Trinity with a time of 14:57.