Brewer paces Skyline girls, Eastlake qualifies both squads to state | Prep sports news

Skyline's girls team and both cross country squads from Eastlake are headed to the state meet after Monday's rescheduled bi-district championships.

Eastlake, Skyline girls headed to state

It came two days later than anticipated, and at a different locale, but the Eastlake boys and girls cross country teams are headed to Pasco to compete against the best runners in Class 4A at the state meet after each finished inside the top five at Monday’s rescheduled Bi-District Championships.

Saturday’s wind storm sent branches flying around Lincoln Park in Seattle and runners scattering to busses after a delay that  grew to a postponement with conditions unsafe for competition. The meet was moved to Lake Sammamish State Park, the home of the 3A Sea-King District Meet last week, but none of that was able to keep the Wolves from punching their ticket to the state meet, along with the Skyline girls and several individual runners.

Seniors Anastasia Kosykh and Devon Bortfeld finished ninth and tenth respectively, Bortfeld running a personal record time of 18 minutes 47.7 seconds, to lead the Eastlake contingent. But it was the top-50 finishes of Nicole Stinnett (31), Kirsten Flindt (34) and Olivia Latham (49) that pushed the Wolves into second place, just in front of the Spartans and fourth place Snohomish.

Skyline sophomore Maizy Brewer was the highest individual finisher of the day from the area, running a personal best 18:31.4 to finish fourth and punch her first ticket to state.

“It was interesting, we were definitely ready to run Saturday,” she said. “But we just had to prepare ourselves for the unexpected and we came here ready today.”

Teammate Alex Daugherty was sixth in 18:39.3 and the 39th place finish of Mckenzie Deutsch, 41st of Samantha Krahling and 48th of Caitlin McIlwain helped the Spartans hold off that Panthers by only two points in the team scoring.

Issaquah junior Ellie Clawson qualified for state in 19:02.5 and will join the Wolves and Spartans Nov. 9 at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco for the 4A state meet.

Inglemoor’s Amber Rose took the title well in front of the field, running 18:09.4 to win by nearly 20 seconds. Garfield won the team scoring championship.

Pixler paces Eastlake boys

Eastlake’s Nathan Pixler crosses the finish line Monday at Lake Sammamish State Park. JOSH SUMAN, ISSAQUAH-SAMMAMISH REPORTER

Junior Nathan Pixler was the top local finisher in the boys race, running 16:05 to end the day in 13th place and lead his team to a fourth place finish and spot at the state meet next week. No other Eastlake runner finished inside the top-25 to qualify individually, but four others in the top-45 finishers helped the Wolves qualify as a team and send a complete squad to Pasco.

Pixler said missing out on another chance to run at Lincoln Park was frustrating and added the Wolves are familiar with the course from running the KingCo Preview and league championship meets there.

“We were feeling really confident there and it was a huge bummer we weren’t able to race,” he said of Saturday’s cancellation. “The fact we were able to turn it around like this really speaks to the strength of this team.”

While Pixler pushed the pace near the front of the pack, it was the host of Eastlake runners that kept themselves in solid scoring position that ultimately pushed the team into fourth.

Adamson Bryant was 28th, Caleb Olson 36th, Shane Cornfield 42nd, Kyle Suver 44th and Dylan Pruitt 49th for the Wolves.

“They never cease to surprise me with their ability,” Pixler said of his teammates.

Issaquah sophomore Kennan Schrag ran 16:10.6 to finish 22nd and claim his spot at state as the lone qualifier for the Eagles.

Senior Cameron Stanish of Garfield won the individual title in 15:26.7 and Redmond won the team championship in front of Henry Jackson (Mill Creek). Garfield and Kamiak claimed the other team berths to state.