Dynamic senior duo leads talented Knights | Cross country

By David Pan | Sep 19, 2018
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak seniors Leah Clark and Alicia Anderson (right) train at the 92nd Street Park. Both are looking to get back to the state cross country meet.

The one-two punch of seniors Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark should give the Kamiak girls cross country team a leg up on the competition.

The two have started out the season strong with Anderson taking first and Clark finishing second at the first league meet against Jackson, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood Thursday, Sept. 13, at Martha Lake Airport Park in Lynnwood. Clark then finished ninth and Anderson was 14th at the Fort Steilacoom Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 15.

“The front two are as good as it gets out here,” Kamiak coach Charley LeWarne said.

At last year’s 4A state cross country championships, Anderson placed 17th and Clark was 33rd. The two seniors are hoping to book a return trip to Pasco.

“I definitely want to go to state and hopefully PR and just stick with Alicia the whole time this season,” Clark said.

Clark and Anderson met their freshman season at Kamiak and have become a familiar pair both in cross county and track.

“We ran next to each other almost all freshman year,” Anderson said. “We always kind of train together.”

The two may be familiar training partners but differ in which sport they prefer. Clark prefers cross country, while Anderson likes track.

“I like the scenery and it’s a little bit longer,” Clark said of cross country races. “I’m better at longer distances and it’s not as boring.”

Anderson set a school record and placed fifth in the 3,200-meter race at last season’s state track and field championships.

“I like track better,” Anderson said. “I always remind myself how much of the race I have left. It’s a lot easier to tell in track than in cross country.”

Freshman Emma Arceo and Tracey Hatch round out a strong top four for the Knights. Arceo won the freshman race at the Sehome Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8

“She’s a great addition,” LeWarne said. “She ran a mature and sophisticated race, especially for a freshman.”

So far no one has staked a claim on the fifth spot in the Kamiak lineup.

“We’re kind of waiting to see what can develop on that side,” LeWarne said. “Those front four are pretty good.”

The Kamiak boys team is led by sophomore Carp Mukai, who took first place in the annual Run-A-Muk race in late August. He finished fourth in the first league meet and was 18th in his flight at the Fort Steilacoom Invitational. Mukai finished third in the sophomore race at the Sehome Invite.

“He’s running well,” LeWarne said. “He’s quite a bit faster than last year.”

The Knights’ pack also includes senior Zach Stancik, sophomore Jason Blinn, junior Kyle Yu, senior Zane Robertson and freshman Jackson Hammons.

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