2008 Eastside Runners XC Invitational

Start of the men's race

Start of the men's race

When I was running XC in high school one of my favorite courses was always Lake Sammamish State Park. In fact, 19 years ago I had one of my all time best XC races on that course, the 1989 JV KingCo race. On November 15th at the Eastside Runners XC Invitational I got a chance to relive some of the excitement of racing on that course (at least one very similar to the one we ran in high school).

Start of the women's race

Start of the women's race

You couldn’t have asked for a better day to run the inaugural 5K Eastside Runners XC Invitational. The weather was cool yet sunny and thanks to the rain earlier in the week there was no shortage of mud on the course. Based on the turnout for the races (I haven’t seen the final results so I’m not exactly sure how many runner there were, I’ll up date this post as soon as I see the results) I would say the first running of this Invitational was an overwhelming success. The mud, sand, soft grass and sharp turns Muddy stretch of the coursemade this flat, fast course challenging enough to have a real XC feel to it. And the Eastside Runners did an excellent job designing and marking the course as well with all aspects of running the meet. Also, there was a great mix of runners competing. So the more advanced runners had plenty of competition up front while at the same time it was a great race for beginners to get to experience the joys of running XC. Hopefully this race will continue to grow year after year. Who knows, maybe it will inspire a few other running clubs to put on XC races and eventually we could maybe have a mini club XC season of race here in the Puget Sound area.

For more photos from the Eastside Runners XC Invitational please check out the NWRR flickr site as well as some photos from Eastside Runners.

Below are the top ten finishers in each age group. For full results please see the Eastside Runners website.

Girls Youth
1   Chirstina Sayed         33:15
2   Janessa Darr             24:46
 
High School Girls
1   Kelly Brown              21:48
2   Carlie Boyle              23:16
 
College Women
1   Kayti Kredel             19:55
2   Marie Kiekhaefer      21:19
3   Stephanie Kiracofe    22:17
4   Margaret Hanscom   22:24
5   Stephanie Sackman   25:13
 
Open Women
1   Rose Wetzel              18:20
2   Lia Slemons               18:26
3   Susan Ashlock           18:33
4   Megan Johnson          18:45
5   Erika Daligcon           19:22
6   Andrea Garvue          19:49
7   Claire Hoffman          19:55
8   Camille Connelly        20:03
9   DiDi Martiniello         20:08
10 Erica Pitman              20:09
 
Masters Women 40-49
1   Karen Steen               19:01
2   Alyssa Tower             19:05
3   Christina Ashby          19:45
4   Shelley Neal               20:02
5   Carla Darr                  20:09
6   Francie Faure             21:30
7   Heather Slee               21:50
8   Molly Hurd                 22:05
9   Erin Finnegan              22:08
10 Julie Westcott             23:20
 
Masters Women 50-59
1   Debbie Newell            24:40
2   Sabina Hawkins          25:49
3   Sherri Prather             28:40
4   Antonette Zagala-Bishop   35:59
5   Sherry Stout               43:05
 
Boys Youth
1   Landon Petterson       19:00
2   Robert Sekinger         22:55
3   Jake Howe                 23:34
4   Troy Horn                  25:44
5   Parker Hansen            26:26
 
High School Boys
1   Aiden Irish                  15:55
2   Taylor Guske              16:48
3   Andrew Van Ness      17:22
4   Chad Skiles                17:41
5   Michael Milbank         18:47
6   Nick Howe                 18:58
7   Nolan Welfringer         20:54
8   Mitch Gogert               21:07
9   Neil Vincent Roberts   21:42
10 Carsen Dean               24:02
 
Open Men
1   Mike Sayenko             15:12
2   Brian Conrath              15:16
3   Jon Murray                  15:18
4   John Timeus                 15:26
5   Caleb Knox                 15:39
6   Yon Yilma                   15:50
7   Brett Winegar              15:57
8   Jon Hickey                  16:02
9   Ahrlin Bauman             16:03
10 Scott Halliday              16:11
 
Masters Men 40-49
1   Tony Young                 16:01
2   Sean Messiter              16:39
3   Kevin McGinnis           16:54
4   Paul Abdalla                16:57
5   Carl Winter                  17:06
6   John O’Hearn               17:06
7   Bob Brennand              17:19
8   John Guza                    17:24
9   Doug Babbit                 17:48
10 Lance Logan                18:00
 
Masters Men 50-59
1   Michael Smith               17:03
2   Henry Wigglesworth     17:39
3   Mark Billet                   17:53
4   Denis Villeneuve           18:34
5   Frederick Motteler       18:36
6   Michael Allison             18:41
7   Bob Prather                  18:45
8   Jerry Zyskowski           18:55
9   Win Van Pett                19:09
10 Chuck Dooley              20:37
 
Masters Men 60+
1   Jim McGill                    22:25
2   Rod Brown                  24:24
3   Steve McCracken        26:04
4   Gary Wright                 32:27
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4 Comments

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4 responses to “2008 Eastside Runners XC Invitational

  1. Sounds like a fabulous race! And a great day!

  2. ezmiles

    Hi Kathleen,
    It was definitely an ideal day for XC and the Eastside Runners did an excellent job of putting on the race. Hopefully races like this one will inspire more clubs to put on XC races and more runners to enter XC races. Best of luck with your running. – Steve

  3. Dan C

    Steven, nice job! In the race, the recap and sparking the memories of the Lake Samm. course!

  4. ezmiles

    Thanks Dan. It was a really fun race. I’m already excited to do it again next year. I can’t believe it has been 19 years since my JV KingCo race there!!

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