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Cross country finishes season with momentum
By Matt Phelps
The Mercer Island cross country team officially ended its season Saturday with John O'Meara's run at the state meet in Pasco, Wash.
O'Meara, who is only a sophomore, placed 52nd at the state meet with a time of 17:12.
``John had an incredible run at the state meet,'' said Mercer Island cross country head coach Erica Hill. ``He was the third fastest finisher from KingCo. It was an amazing season for a sophomore.''
The entire team exceeded expectations this year with the boys finishing just two points from the state meet at districts in fifth place.
O'Meara's time (16:35) was better at districts as he placed 12th overall. Sam Chasan placed 30th overall at districts with a time of 17:04, and Daniel Gronfein was 37th (17:16). Rory McGee finished 42nd (17:21) and Mark van Oppen was 46th (17:29). Quinn Chasan (17:30 - 48th) and Peter Lambe (17:39 - 54th) rounded out the Islander boys finishers.
The Mercer Island girls finished eighth at the district meet. Ellis Bennett was the top Islander at 29th place (30:31). Just behind her was Tanya Swarts in 30th place (20:32). Sasha Gumpecht was 43rd (21:01). Islanders Elle Gwinn (21:27 - 57th), Terra Magnuson (21:34 - 62nd), Audrey Miller (21:39 - 67th) and Lauren Davis (21:55 - 73rd) also finished.