Mercer Island travels to Nike Pre-National event | Prep cross country

The Mercer Island boys and girls cross country teams headed south last weekend, traveling to Portland, Ore. for the Nike Pre-National event.

As a team, the Mercer Island girls finished in 13th place out of 28 teams with 351 points. The boys team finished in 21st place with 463 points out of 31 teams.

Individually, in the 5,000 meter varsity race junior Alida Scalzo finished in 17th place, the highest Islander finish of the day. Scalzo ran the event in 19:52.7. Sarah Bjarnason was 39th overall in 20:32, followed by Linden Elggren in 66th, Rachel Van Gelder in 115th, Ella Green in 122nd and Cecelia Rosenman in 143rd.

Freshman Cassie McKinney of Union High School took first place in the girls race in 18:54.0.

In the boys varsity race, Matt Wotipka was 26th overall in 16:39, followed by Eric Schulz in 16:57.0 for 51st place. Nathan Cummings was 78th, Nathan Gallatin was 149th overall, Dylan Lesko was 159th and Kyle Weiss was 173rd.

Shadle Park junior Nicholas Hauger won the boys varsity race with a time of 15:40.4.

The Islanders will host Bellevue and Juanita on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in a KingCo meet beginning at 4 p.m. at Luther Burbank Park.


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