Birger Solberg Recap: Kamiak's Anderson Wins Steeplechase, and Then Some

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Bellingham, WA - For any distance runner, it's a challenge to run in windy conditions.

It's a bigger challenge to run in windy conditions and win one race.

It's an even bigger challenge to run in windy conditions, win a race (or three), and accomplish it all in a three hour span.

For Kamiak's Alicia Anderson, yesterday's weather at the 2019 Birger Solberg Invite at Civic Stadium was a non-factor in her success, winning the Steeplechase, the 1,600 meter, and anchoring the 4 x 800 meter relay team for the Knights.

Kamiak's Alicia Anderson clearing the water barrier in the 2,000 Meter Steeplechase at the 2019 Birger Solberg Invite. (Keenan Gray/The Runner)

We didn't just have wind at the meet. There was sun and rain going back and forth throughout the day.

"The weather was different in all three of them," said Anderson. "It was sunny in the 800, rainy in the earlier one, and now very windy. It was all fun though."

In her first race of the day, Anderson won her third consecutive 2,000 meter Steeplechase at this invite, running a personal best time of 7:20.79.

Her pervious personal best time was set back in her sophomore year when she first won this event at the same invite.

"I wish we had steeplechase at more meets, because I really enjoy running it," said Anderson. "I really like jumping over the barriers because I did hurdles a little bit in middle school, but I dont have the sprint to do it in the 100 or 300 hurdles."

Last year, Anderson sprained her ankle midway through the race because she landed on both feet when she hit the water barrier. Her goal was to avoid doing the same thing this time around.

"I only landed on both feet one time today, but it's like jumping into a pool." Anderson said as she was laughing.

South Whidbey's Kaia Swegler Richmond placed second running 7:39.99 and Ingraham's Daniella Hubble placed third running a personal best time of 7:41.41.

Anderson was back on the track for the 4 x 800 relay in under an hour as she helped the Knights run a 9:50.33 total time, which was almost a 30 second victory over Ballard's relay team.

Kamiak's 4x800 relay team. L to R: Emma Arceo, Alicia Anderson, Leah Clark, Tracey Hatch. (Keenan Gray/The Runner)

Anderson was joined by Emma Arceo, Leah Clark, and Tracey Hatch in the relay.

"I think we all ran great," said Anderson. "Leah got out to a really fast start and Tracey and Emma kept the pace going."

Ballard ran a second place time of 10:19.39 and Jackson's team ran 10:35.9 for third place.

In her last race of the