The end of an era - Seniors end HS careers

By Matt Phelps

Mercer Island High School seniors Brian Govier and Brandon Fellows entered the track and field program out of a love for cross country. The two seniors wrapped up their high school careers this past weekend, not only with a legacy in cross country, but a strong legacy in track as well.

``I think that they have really changed the attitude towards distance running on the Island,'' said Mercer Island High School distance running coach Erica Hill. ``They have set the bar for distance running. And they have done it with incredible integrity.''

After just two seasons running track, the tandem were the only two male athletes from Mercer Island to place at state, yet they carried the boys track and field team to 11th place and the highest placing of any 3A KingCo school with 21-team points at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco, Wash.

The tandem's only race together was a good example of how the two athletes have pushed each other during the past four years. Fellows jumped out to be among the leaders in the 1,600 meters on Saturday. Govier stayed back waiting for his moment to strike. Govier used his stored energy to catch his friend and take second place with a time of 4:15.10.

``We didn't start out together in the race, but it was a nice feeling to finish together,'' said Fellows.

Fellows held on, just behind Govier, for third overall with a time of 4:16.11.

``It was pretty hot out there, but it didn't really make a difference,'' said Fellows. ``It was a pretty sweet way to finish.''

Hill agreed.

``I couldn't imagine it working out any better. It is really unique how gracious they are to one another and how they push each other,'' said Hill.

Govier's first race of the meet came in the 800 meters. The senior finished fifth overall with a time of 1:55.94.

Fellows did not begin the meet the way he would have liked. During the 3,200 meters on Friday Fellows jumped out to run in the front of the pack. But a stomach cramp during the sixth lap slowed the senior runner.

``I let it take me out,'' said Fellows, who finished the race in sixth place overall with a time of 9:31.99.

Both Fellows and Govier plan to continue running competatively in college. Fellows will take his quick feet to the University of Michigan and Govier intends to run for the Naval Academy.

``This has been four good years,'' said Fellows. ``And I think that we will leave the team in good hands.''

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