The Mercer Island boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Lake Sammamish State Park on Thursday, Oct. 18 for the KingCo meet. The girls team finished second with 68 points, behind Liberty with 40. The boys team finished in third place with 83 points, behind Bellevue with 53 and Interlake with 75.
Individually, Daniel Mayer finished in fourth place with a 16:38 time. Eeric Schulz was fifth in 16:42, followed by Matt Wotipka who earned eighth place with a 16:45 finish. Nathan Cummings was 32rd overall in 17:42, Dylan Lesko was 34th in 17:53, Nathan Gallatin was 36th in 18:09 and Kyle Weiss was 50th in 18:58.
In the girls race, Alida Scalzo was fifth overall in 19:29, Alexa Bauman finished in 12th place in 20:06, Linden Elggren was 16th overall in 20:21, with Sarah Bjarnason in 19th place in 20:44. Rachel Van Gelder finished the race in 20:53 for 21st place, Cecelia Rosenman was 22nd in 21:01 and Ella Green finished in 38th place with a 22:35 time.
Both teams will compete in the SeaKing District meet on Thursday, Oct. 25th at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. The meet begins at 2:30 p.m. with the boys race, followed by the girls race at 3:15 p.m. The awards presentation will be done at 5:15 p.m.
The top five boys and top five girls teams will advance from Districts to the state meet on Nov. 3 in Pasco. Runners in the top 25 overall, whose team does not qualify, will also advance to state.