Interlake troika leads boys to title
Throughout the season, the Interlake boys have relied on a top-three they considered among the best in the conference, district and possibly state.
Thursday at Lake Sammamish State Park in the 2A/3A KingCo Meet, their faith was proven warranted once again as sophomore Luke Beauchamp, junior Alex Doran and senior Kyle Van Draanen each finished in the top-eight to give the Saints the league championship just in front of Liberty, a feat the program had not accomplished since the 1989 season (the second of back-to-back titles for the Saints).
Beauchamp's time of 16 minutes, 11.67 seconds was a personal record and good enough for a fifth place finish.
Doran ran 16:27.71, also a personal record, to finish seventh and Van Draanen's 16:36.49 was good enough for an eighth place finish.
Two other teams, Lake Washington and Liberty, had two finishers in the top-six, but neither was able to keep their number three runner in the top-10 to get past the Saints in the team scoring.
Bellevue's Kyle Pratt was the highest individual finisher from any of the three district schools competing, ending his race in 16:10.03 to finish fourth.
Graham Wendle was 13th and Jacob Feinman 14th for the Wolverines, who were fourth in the team scoring and along with the Saints will send a full team to next week's Sea-King District Meet.
Sophomore William Oden was 16th and senior Joseph Pooley 17th for Interlake. Sophomore Thomas Glouner was 20th for Bellevue.
Bellevue girls second
On the girls side, Liberty used four top-10 finishers to take the team scoring in front of Bellevue, and also won the individual title as freshman Brigette Takeuchi won in 18 minutes, 49.23 seconds.
Bellevue sophomore Katherine Penner was third in 19:01.55 to lead three Wolverines in the top-15.
Sophomore Camille Moore was 13th in a personal record time of 19:43.92 and teammate Casey Jacobson was right behind in 14th in 19:54.31.
Interlake's Nikita Waghani was eighth in 19:28.25 and senior Annie Davis finished 19th for the Saints in 20:16.42.
Sammamish's Rachel Roberts was 24th.
KingCo qualifiers will be back at Lake Sammamish State Park Oct. 31 for the Sea-King District Meet, where top Metro competitors will be on hand to compete for four team spots and 20 individual slots to the state meet in Pasco.
Bellevue sophomore Haley Barthel was second in 21:17.55 to lead four top-15 finishers from the team in the girls JV race.
Senior Annabeth Rodriguez ran 21:28.62 to finish fourth while juniors Nirja Trivedi and Serena Harber were 10th and 11th respectively.
Morgan Maring's personal record 21:55.61 was good enough for a 13th place finish for the Wolverines and Samantha Yap was 17th in 22:29.34.
Interlake's Samantha Dimmer ran 22:00.37 to earn a personal record and finish 14th and senior Mira Liu was 19th for the Saints in 22:45.03 in JV.