Kamiak preparing to make final push for state meet | Cross country

Knights perform well in Everett-Mukilteo Clash
By David Robert Pan | Oct 17, 2018
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak freshman Emma Arceo finished fourth in the girls race at the annual Everett-Mukilteo Clash Thursday, Oct. 11, at McCollum Park in Everett.

Kamiak appears to be in good shape as the home stretch for the cross country season approaches.

The Knights had strong performances at the final regular season meet – the Everett-Mukilteo Clash – Thursday, Oct. 11, at McCollum Park.

Seniors Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark finished first and second in the girls race, while sophomore Carp Mukai took second place in the boys race.

Mukai ran with winner Joseph Skoog for most of the race until the Jackson senior pulled away in the final 500 meters. Mukai was hoping for a victory but was happy with his effort. Skoog finished in 16 minutes, 4 seconds, and Mukai clocked in at 16:08.

“I felt good,” said Mukai, who struck up a friendship with Skoog at last year’s race. “He’s kind of like been my role model. … I wanted to try and beat him.”

Kamiak coach Charley LeWarne was glad to see Mukai hang with Skoog for most of the race.

“It gave Carp a couple of shots at him in the last 600 meters,” LeWarne said. “That’s important to be able to shift into those gears and take those shots in the last part. He’s a little young and not as strong as some of the other guys he’ll have to race in the next couple of weeks.”

Mukai was coming of a personal best at the 12th annual Twilight Invitational, where he finished 26th overall. He also finished second at the Leavenworth Invitational.

“I’ve been running pretty well,” Mukai said.

LeWarne noted that Mukai has learned a lot in his two years on varsity.

“He’s pretty thoughtful about what he’s doing,” LeWarne said. “He’s become a pretty good student of the sport.

Anderson and Clark, who both ran at last year’s state meet, led the pack from start to finish.

“Leah and I ran pretty well,” Anderson said. “She pushed me along.”

Anderson won in 19:23 and Clark was right behind in 19:25.

“They’re going in the right direction at the right time,” LeWarne said. “One of them runs well and the other one takes notice. Then a couple weeks later, it’s gone the other way. They’re certainly refining and competing well at this part of the season where you want to be doing that.

Jackson’s Anna Skoog placed third in 19:35 and Kamiak’s Emma Arceo finished fourth (19:42). Mariner’s Kara Sevigny took seventh (20.26) and Kamiak’s Tracey Hatch placed ninth (20:28).

“I think our team will have a good chance to go to state,” Anderson said.

Kamiak’s Jason Blinn took third (16:14) and Zach Stancik was fifth (16:28) in the boys race.

The Everett School District (Jackson and Cascade) boys defeated Mukilteo (Kamiak and Mariner) 26-33, while the Mukilteo girls beat Everett 24-31.

The Wesco championships are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at Lakewood High School.

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