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Bellevue's Fowler wins boys race, Totems' frosh takes second in girls race | KingCo cross country meet
The rest of 3A KingCo has been chasing the Bellevue boys cross country team all season long and like during the regular season, the Wolverines could not be caught at the conference cross country meet Thursday at Lake Sammamish State Park.
Bellevue took the top two spots and six of the top eight, paced by the first-place finish of John Fowler, who finished in 15:54.71. Ryan Long ran second while Addison Woolsey finished in fourth, one spot ahead of Will Sheeran. Spike Sievert and Nick MacLean ended the day seventh and eighth respectively.
Fowler credited the team's depth as key to his own finish.
"I wouldn't be anywhere near as fast as I am without them," Fowler said. "Everyday in practice, it's awesome. It was fun to see my teammates do really well."
Head coach John Hill was thrilled with the performance of Fowler and the strong supporting cast.
"He works hard, encourages his teammates and loves what he does," Hill said. "It's kind of a confirmation of how these guys train with each other and for each other. It's just a thrill."
Kyle Pratt rounded out the top 15 finishers for the Wolverines with a 12th place finish and Bellevue won the team scoring in a runaway, nearly 70 points ahead of second-place Liberty.
Up next is the Sea-King district tournament, which will take place next Thursday, Oct. 27 again at Lake Washington State Park and offer an opportunity for the Wolverines to meet Metro champ Seattle Prep.
The Panthers also took home the top two spots at its league championship meet as Joe Hardy set the pace at 15:49.57 in front of teammate Mike Corr at Seattle's Lower Woodland Park.
Bellevue's Julia Ellings ran third in the girls race with a time of 19:45.33 and Vandan Kasar finished in 20th, only a fraction of a second hared of Mercer Island's Lauren Knebel. The Bellevue girls finished in third place as a team behind the tie of Mercer Island and Liberty. The Islanders took the tiebreaker and KingCo title.
Sammamish frosh finishes second
Sammamish freshman Pascale De Sa E Silva finished her first KingCo cross country meet in second place, nearly a minute behind winner Katia Matora from Mercer Island, who finished in 19:39.99.
Laynee Viniotis finished in 16th with a time of 20:27.59 and coaches Carrie Holmes and Jedd Danielson talked about Viniotis and Liz Green, both seniors, passing the baton to a strong group of freshman headlined by De Sa E Silva.
"It was fun to see that relationship throughout the year, them sharing their knowledge and experience" Danielson said. "It was this really amazing ability for the seniors to mentor this new group," Holmes added.
De Sa E Silva said she began running cross country only two years ago in the seventh grade and that her time on Thursday was a personal record for the course at Lake Sammamish State Park.
"It feels good," De Sa E Silva said. "We are doing really well as a team this year and hopefully can continue it at districts."
Both of the Totems' coaches also emphasized this is the first time during either of their tenures (Holmes has been coaching at Sammamish for four years) that the Totems have been able to field a complete varsity girls squad.
Freshman Nick Martin brought home a sixth place finish with a time of 16:24.18 and Hank Tea ended the race in 20th place at 17:48.31. The Totems finished fourth in the team scoring on the boys side, meaning they will bring a complete team of seven (plus two alternates) to next week's Sea-King meet. The girls ended the race in sixth.
Jessica Spray finished in 12th place for the Newport girls at the 4A KingCo cross country meet on Thursday at Seattle's Lincoln Park. James Hamilton and Grant Stein ran 14th and 15th for the Knights' boys, who finished in seventh. The girls ended the meet in sixth.