It was quite a showing for Issaquah last Wednesday at Lake Sammamish State Park. The Eagles easily won in the both the boys and girls divisions for the 5k race. In the boys division, Issaquah had six of the top 10 finishers, while in the girls division, they had nine of the top 10 finishers.
Woodinville’s Dustin Lind had the best individual scoring, finishing third among the boys with a time of 16:25.
“One of my big goals is to break 16:00 in the 5k,” Lind said. “I’ve been working toward that since the 9th grade. It’s a huge step in the right direction if you’re talking about being an elite runner.”
Jackson Subcleff, Jordan Kauffman and Greg Tobias finished 11th, 12th and 14th respectively for Woodinville.
For the girls, Alex Howerton, Libby Roberdeau and Abby Ellis were the top finishers in the 20th-22nd spots.
Woodinville’s Kristina Check, who finished 32nd amongst the girls, had “Allergic to Mangos” written on her arm in black ink. “I’m not actually allergic to mangos,” Check said. “There is a kid on the team named Mikko (Mikko Epstein-O’Rourke). For some reason I call him Mango, so he wrote that on my arm. I don’t know why he did that.”
Freshman Hunter Gustafson said he’s really enjoying his first taste of high school cross country under coach Frank Shuck. “It’s been great,” Gustafson said. “[Coach Shuck] really emphasizes the psychological and not just physical. It has helped me a lot. He gives us eye exercises which help to calm us and give us focus.”
Coach Frank Shuck is excited about the future of the cross country program. After spending many successful years coaching at Inglemoor, he’s now implementing his system for the Falcons.
“I would like to give Kelly Richards some credit,” Shuck said. “Without her I would not be able to do what I’m doing here. I’ve learned from her, she’s learned from me. We’re great friends, She’s over there at Inglemoor and I’m here now. She’s doing great things there and we’re going to do the same thing here. It’s about systems relationships, camaraderie and lots of psychology. It’s about letting the kids know that they have power to make choices in their lives.”