News from the track, lacrosse and volleyball on this Saturday

We’ll hit the pitch in a bit. First, track, lacrosse and volleyball.

Track and Field: Solid results for Mount Si, Cedarcrest distance runners at two twilight meets
Many of Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School’s top distance runners competed at last night’s Brooks Distance Twilight meet at Liberty High School in Renton, and most had excellent results.

In boys’ action, Red Wolves Ian Fay and Grant Van Valkenburg both had top-five showings in the 1600m. Fay took third, clocking four minutes, 20.70 seconds, and Van Valkenburg was right behind in fourth, with a time of 4:24.15. Daniel Murphy (16th overall, 4:42.16) and Austin Ward (19th, 4:46.86) both had top-20 showings and Mount Si’s Tucker Sundwall came across 38th overall in a time of 5:33.09. Wildcat teammate Sawyer Crosby did not compete as had been scheduled.

On the 3200m front, Cedarcrest’s Ben Benson finished fourth with a time of 9:59.18, and Mount Si’s Spencer Sprague (12th overall, 10:29.04) and Alex Helfrich (13th, 10:34.73) both finished in the top 20.

Meanwhile, most of the girls’ runners ran the 3200m, with Mount Si’s Chloe Cosgrove leading the Valley contingent, taking seventh in a time of 11:22.88. She was followed by Cedarcrest’s top finisher, Elsie Dombek, who took 16th overall with a time of 11:55.10. Behind the Red Wolve freshman was Mount Si’s Ellie Bruce (18th overall, 11:57.34) and CHS teammates Alicia Krivanek (19th, 12:02.69), Lily Krueger (21st, 12:06.26) and Cecilia Kiesow (23rd, 12:09.38).

In the girls’ 1600m, Kelly Hall of the Red Wolves finished 11th with a time of 5:34.90, followed by Mount Si’s Lexi Winter in 16th, clocking 5:40.42.

Noticeably missing from the Valley group at Liberty last night were Mount Si’s Waskom siblings, as they were down in the Rose City at the Nike Jesuit Invitational. Joe took 10th in the boys’ invitational mile, with the Wildcat sophomore clocking 4:18.13, and Hannah, bound for the University of Washington this fall, grabbed 14th in the girls’ invitational mile, with a time of 5:02.12 recorded for the Mount Si senior.

The rest of both school’s track and field teams compete today, with the boys from both squads at the Shoreline Invitational and the girls at the Lake Washington Invitational in Kirkland.

Mixed bag in Reno for Mount Si players on club teams seeking national volleyball tourney berths
Five Puget Sound area girls’ club volleyball teams with Mount Si High School-connected athletes started play yesterday at this weekend’s Far Westerns national qualifying tournament in Reno, with mixed results to start the event for all of the teams.

Leading the pack surprisingly is Bellevue-based Sudden Impact Tornado. The 16’s team, with MSHS’ Sara Kaitlyn Mitchell, has had a more modest season locally than their higher-level organization counterpart Thunder team, but Tornado opened play yesterday winning two of their three matches, beating teams from California and Utah. As for Thunder, the team, with Wildcat Harper Click, was winless in their three matches yesterday and now looks as if they’ll miss a chance to earn a national berth.

Mercer Island’s Island Thunder 16’s, with Mount Si’s Bellah Gogan and Karlie Stewart, also won one of their three matches yesterday, beating a team from Idaho, and the Sudden Impact’s 17’s Storm team, with ex-‘Cat Patience O’Neal, was winless in three tries yesterday and like their Thunder counterparts, look destined to miss a chance to qualify for nationals out of this weekend’s tournament.

Play in the event continues through tomorrow at the big Reno convention center, at the south end of the city’s downtown core.

Wildcat boys lacrosse extends division lead
Mount Si’s boys’ lacrosse team opened up a larger lead in their 4A Kingco division II title chase last night, holding off Newport 12-9 at Newport High School. No stats were reported for Mount Si, but the win moves the Wildcats to 6-2 in league play, a game and a half up on second-place Inglemoor in the standings.

Mount Si is at Redmond on Tuesday.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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