ISSAQUAH - From early rain in the morning, to sunny skies in the afternoon, the 2019 Bellevue Invite was full of exciting moments on the boy's and girl's side.
With different types of terrain from grass, to sand, to concrete, and gravel, two of the top runners in the state put together some of the best performances once again at Lake Sammamish State Park on September 28, despite the course being muddy and slick.
Eisenhower's Jonas Price ran a time of 14:59.7 for the 5,000 meter varsity 1 & 2 race and collecting his fourth win of the year.
From last week at Fort Steilacoom where he won in a course record time of 14:50, Price wanted to accomplish the same thing again this week, only this time it would be a tougher task.
"Looking at the course this morning, I knew this was going to be tough," said Price. "The course was all muddy and I didn't know if I was going to get a good push off. It didn't really bother me going into the race."
Crossing mile one around 4:40, Price was well out front for a good 75 to 100 meters on his next opponent.
It would become more challenging running the race by himself later as the terrain kept getting worse and worse.
"The start of the race I was feeling good," said Price. "On the backstretch of the course, it was just super tough, especially coming around off the sand. I would say it was an alright day."
With mud flying everywhere making it hard to accelerate on the back of the course, this was going to be mentally one of the toughest days for the Eisenhower senior.
"In a tough race like this, I just have to keep thinking about pushing through and that I can't slow down now." said Price.
As we cross the midway mark of the season coming up, Price has established he is truly the best in the state this season, but doesn't certainly act like it.
"I am the top runner in the state for now," said Price. "But there are guys like Lewis & Clark's Wil Smith and Kamiakin's Isaac Teeples that can come out of no where. It's still early in the season so we will see by the end of the year."
West Valley of Yakima's Brayden Packard and Kamiakin's Teeples were the two other top finishers placing second and third in times of 15:28.9 and 15:31.8.
Issaquah's Julia David-Smith won the varsity 1 & 2 race on the girl's side in a time of 17:26.3, which is now the new No. 1 time in the state of Washington for all classifications.