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a~w~xs ~llVt ~! ,l~,|mmlmW~mxLRi ~ W~m~ ~mls~ THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SECTION WEDNESDAY~ JUNE 3~ 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Schools/CS 41, Jordan Goldstein, Issaquah senior midfielder and all-state selec- tion, scores one of his game-high five points as Mercer Island's goalie misses the high corner shot in the state Division 1 lacrosse champi- onship match May 30. BY CHARLES MAUZY/ ISSAQUAH YOUTH LACROSSE BY BOB TAYLOR hen the boys high school lacrosse season began, Is- saquah High School coach Brandon Fortier hoped his team would improve enough in the second half to chal- lenge for another state champi- onship. The Eagles certainly ful- filled his wishes. On May 30, Issaquah defended its Washington State League Divi- sion I title with a 10-9 victory against rival Mercer Island in Seattle's Memorial Stadium. Goalkeeper Cameron Danforth's save with two seconds left enabled Issaquah to hold off a late charge by the Islanders. "Cam made the save and it was time for the dog pile," Fortier said. Issaquah players certainly had a right to be exuberant. During the regular season, the Eagles finished second to Mercer Island in the league standings. In the only BY CHARLES MAUZYfISSAQUAH YOUTH LACROSSE Issaquah players hoist the Championship Cup for the fans May 30 after beat- ing Mercer Island 10-9 in the state Division 1 lacrosse championship match. meeting between the teams, on April 24, Mercer Island won 6-4. After that loss, Issaquah finished the season with 10 straight victo- ries to end with a 19-2 record. See LACROSSE, Page C3 Kasen Williams, Skyline High School sophomore, clears the high 29 at the state 4A track and field championships in Tacoma. jump BY DON BORIN bar for his winning 6-foot, lO-inch leap May Others shine at state meet BY CHI~ISTOPHER HUBER kyllne sophomore Kasen Williams again impressed with his high-flying abilities May 28-30 at the Washington State Track and Field Meet in Tacoma. Not only can he haul in diving catches on the foot- BY GI EG FARRAI ball field, but he also proved he can out-leap just Johanna Can (left) and Haley Jacobsen hug after rac- about every jumping-event competitor in the state, ing side by side for their last 100-yard dash together. The standout multisport athlete won the 4A high jump with a leap of 6-10, a height he had not previ- with a time of 25.52 seconds. She was also on the ously cleared in competition. He also placed top fourth-place 4x200-meter relay team (1:44.61), three in two other events which included Alli Aguew, Haile Erickson and Williams said he had been working on improving Madison Birdsall. his run-up to the bar all week. He said he had to pre- The same girls went on to finish second in the 3A tend every bar setting was lower than it actually was. 4x400-meter relay, with a time of 3:56.48. In the "I worry about what I need to do and not get pole vault, Liberty's Krista Lockhart took sixth place caught up in what everybody else does," he said at after clearing 9-06. the meet May 30. "I got the speed and made the Sophomore Chandler Jenkins had a satisfactory leap to 6-10." run at state. He jumped 44-00.25, which led to a Several other Issaquah-area athletes found sac- sixth-place triple jump finish. cess'at the state meet at Mount Tahoma High School "I wasn't really surprised with the competition," as well. There were a few disappointments, but in Jenkins said. "It felt great. It was a good finishing the end, the Skyline girls and boys teams placed jump for the year." fifth (29 points) and eighth (25 points) respectively. Patriot distance runner Eric Bice placed fifth in Issaquah's girls finished sixth with 28.33 points and the 1600-meters in 4:17.60 and he was also part of the boys had two points. The Liberty girls placed the eighth-place 4x400-meter relay (3:35.77). llth in state with 21.25 points and the boys had Skyline's Alex Lee had a disappointing run in the eight points. 200-meter dash. He had maintained a top time in Williams took second in the boys' triple jump, 4A this spring, but failed to advance to the final at reaching 47-10.25 -- a personal best by about a state. He also missed the cut to advance to the 100- foot and a half-- and placed third in the long jump meter dash final. with a measurement of 23-05. Standout cross country runner Simon Sorensen, Coming into state, "just getting on the podium of Skyline, finished eighth in the boys 800-meter was one of my goals. I'll still take third place," run with a time of 1:54,81. Williams said after his final jump. "You can't be "I had nothing left with 200 (meters) to go," mad at third place at state." Among Liberty's top performers at the meet was Kelsey Werre, who placed fourth in the 200-meters See TRACK, Page C3 BY JIM FEEHAN A little dab will do you. Accomplished triathion competi- tors will tell you a dab of baby oil on the wrist and ankles helps them with speedy removal of their wet suit as they transition from the swim to bicycle portion of the event. Rusty Pruden, 26, of Kirkland, swears by baby oil and said the water-based lubricant helped shave precious seconds off his time in winning the Issaquah Sprint Triathlon May 30 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Pruden won in the men's cate- gory with a time of 55:18, four seconds faster than Matthew Sheeks, 25, of Woodinville. Pruden was seventh after the quarter-mile swim off Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish with a time of 4 min- utes, 43 seconds. He placed first in the 15-mile bike leg and posted the second best time in the 3-mile run. He was five seconds faster transitioning from swimming to biking and 13 seconds better in transitioning from biking to run- ning than Sheeks. "The transitions went smooth," Pruden said. "I had a tough time getting my wetsuit off my right foot, but I always have problems with that. I always get it stuck around my ankles. I'm working on getting better at it. Got to use more baby oil." About 930 competitors com- pleted the ninth annual Issaquah Sprint Triathlon. Kara Neilsen, 29, of Kirkland, won in the women's division with a time of 1:04:53. "The course is great and I had a lot of fun," said Nielsen, competing Heidl Anderson, of Puyallup, comes to the end of the race amid a steady stream of run- ners at the finish line arch of the Issaquah Triathlon May 30 at Lake Sammamish State Park. FARRAR in her second Issaquah Triathlon in the past three years. "I did pretty well on the run, but I'm al- ways concerned about the swim, because I'm a very slow swim- mer." Neilsen was in 125th place after the swim portion of the event. New this year was the duathlon, a 15-mile bike and 3-mile run. Or- ganizers said that in the past, competitors were reluctant to at- tempt the triathlon because of the temperature of Lake Sammamish. So, duathletes get to experience the thrill of the event minus get- ring wet. Chris Harig, 36, of Issaquah won the duathlon in a time of 52 minutes, 48 seconds. "As a runner, we're used to go- ing as hard as we can for as long as we can," Harig said of his ef- fort. "It's a good distance and you get a good workout. It's my kind of race." Cora Sturzl, 45, of Malaga, won BY GREG FAI{RAR Chris Haflg, of Issaquah, hits the fin- ish line first in the duathlon, a new event dunng the Issaquah Triathlon. in the women's division with a time of 1:07:30. The event also included a 5-kilo- meter race, a 10-kilometer race and a children's triathlon, where competitors swam 75 meters, biked 3.3 kilometers and ran 1 kilometer. See TRIMHLON, Page (;2 BY GI~EG FAlil{AR Swimmers finish the swimming leg of the Issaquah Triathlon and head to the transition area for the cycling portion of the annual race.