Sports Roundup -- Harriers romp in season’s first run/Rice, Lindquist win Blackberry Run

Harriers romp in season’s first run

Both Spartan cross country teams galloped to victory in their season-opening, four-way meet against Ingraham, Cleveland and Chief Sealth at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park on Thursday.

“All the kids did really well,” assistant coach Cindy Beck said. “Nearly everyone had a personal best.”

In rainy conditions, the girls tallied six of the top seven recorded times used to calculate the meet scoring.

Hillary Pritchett crossed the line in the three-mile course in 22 minutes even, followed by Caroline Johnson 38 seconds later and then a lone runner from Ingraham. Four other Spartans – Geneva Pritchett, Annie Hillier, Sophie Kauffman and Molly O’Keefe – all completed the course within 1:46 of Hillary Pritchett’s time to figure in the scoring.

The near-sweep gave Bainbridge a team score of 16, with Ingraham scoring a single point and the other two schools blanked.

On the boys slate, Spartan Max Suffis recorded a time of 18:19, followed just one second later by Colin O’Keefe, Trubee Davison (18:28) and Bevan Taylor (18:32). Bainbridge claimed the meet with 20 points, topping Ingraham’s 39 in the low-points-wins meet scoring system. Cleveland and Sealth finished out of the money.

The harriers will send some 40 runners to an invitational meet today at Salt Creek State Park.

The team hosts its sole home meet of the season next week, lining up against Bishop Blanchet, O’Dea, Holy Names and Seattle Prep at Battle Point Park on Thursday afternoon. The boys run at 4 p.m., with the girls’ gun at 4:30.

Rice, Lindquist win Blackberry Run

The first-ever Bainbridge Blackberry Run took place last Saturday under unexpectedly sunny skies.

About 80 runners and walkers participated in the 10K, which ran through the scenic trails of the upper and lower Grand Forest. The awards ceremony included post-race blackberry scones donated by Blackbird Bakery and smoothies.

Overall Winners – Men: Brian Rice 44:45; Women : Anne Lindquist 50:45

19 and under – Men: Andrew Powers 50:45, Sam Hobbs 1:04:12

20 to 29 – Men: Aaron Coudray 47:50; Women: Angela Tague 1:00:50, Melissa Matassa 1:02:24

30 to 39 – Men: Markus Dennis 44:50, Phillip Biggs 48:32, Jim Vandermeer 50:08; Women: Anne Lindquist 50:45, Cherri Borston 56:18, Rebeca Justino 57:55

40 to 49 – Men: Brian Rice 44:45, Glen Cook 49:31, Peter Siphron 50:08; Women: Ellen Nason 51:37, Laurel Michael 52:36, Tia Siphron 57:27

50 and over – Men: Michael Shiach, 50:12, Paul Benton 56:19, Andy Maron 59:14; Women: Kim Miller 59:02, Jane Schulay 1:07:01, Toni McMahon 1:10:18

Co-sponsors included Island Fitness and Blackbird Bakery; proceeds benefit the Bainbridge Island Land Trust.

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