Plateau runners fare well at state cross country meet

November 7, 2012

By Lillian O'Rorke

Runners from both Eastlake and Skyline high schools’ cross country teams returned from the Oct. 3 state tournament with high marks.

Keegan Symmes, a senior at Skyline, was the plateau’s highest individual finisher.

He finished the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15 minutes and 46.1 seconds to take 12th place at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association 4A State Championships. Symmes’ teammate and fellow senior, Grant Uselman, finished 115th with 17:07.5.

Both Eastlake’s boys and girls cross country teams took 10th place overall. Helping propel the teams were top finishers Jordan Oldenburg, with 16:04.5 for 27th place, and Anastasia Kosykh, at 19:20.7 for 42nd.

This was the second time in school history (2007 was the first) that the boys team has qualified for state.

“This was the best boys team Eastlake has ever fielded,” said coach Troy Anderson in an email. “And they were very excited to qualify and place 10th at the state championship.”

Also running for the Wolves were Kyle Suver, 16:35.4; Reece Bynum, 16:46.8; Josh Caile, 16:47.4; Nathan Pixler, 16:47.7; Caleb Olson, 16:48.7 and Dylan Cole, 17:11.7. For the girls, Olivia Lantham finished in 19:22.5; Devon Bortfeld, 19:56.3; Nicole Stinnett, 20:17; Kristen Flindt, 20:30.1; Grace Johnson, 20:35.0 and Rachel Zigman.

“Both squads are already talking about what it will take to podium next year and looking forward to track this spring,” said Anderson. “This was a great way to end our season and provided fantastic experience for our team going into next season. On the boys side, we return seven of our top 10 and on the girls eight of our top 10, including all of our top seven ladies.”

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