Snohomish, WA - The 2019 Nike Eason Invite proved once again that Washington's top high school distance runners are able to put together some great races this last Saturday at Snohomish High School.
The Distance Medley Relay came down to the last exchange for the 1,600 meter leg between Lakeside's Sanjay Raman and Shorecrest's Erik Luu.
Luu led for three of the fours laps until with less than 400 meters to go when Raman made a quick move around Luu to put himself out front on the final stretch.
"With 250 meters to go, I am coming here to win," said Ramen on his final effort on the 1,600 leg. "I was in the right position to do so and I felt like I had a bit more left in the tank to give."
Lakeside was sitting in third place in the first exchange from Fred Lie to Elian Joseph.
Joseph, running the hardest leg of them all in the 400 meter, did all he could to put his team back into position for a chance to potentially win and knock off a deep-team in Shorecrest.
"I got the stick and I closed the gap on the Shorecrest and Edmonds Woodway teams and I was feeling really good about my leg," said Joseph about his 400.
"As soon as I finished, the first thing I thought is we have to spread out and cheer on our guys. We went to different parts of the track to send encouragement out to Sanjay for each lap on his 1,600, and I can only assume it was a big help because we won."
Lakeside's DMR team, who came in as the fourth seed, ran a combine time of 10:30.65 beating the first seeded team, Shorecrest. They ran a second place time of 10:32.47.
Edmonds-Woodway finished in third with a combined time of 10:51.42.
Glacier Peak's Riley McDowell won the 1,600 meter race in a season best time of 4:16.02 after settling behind Monroe's Tyler Rihn.
McDowell cruised through the first half of the race in two minutes and ten seconds running back-to-back 65 second splits trailing behind the top pack as he was patiently waiting to make a move towards the end.
"I wanted to wait for the first 800 meters," said McDowell. "I knew other people would push the pace on the third lap so I just tried to work with them."
Recently McDowell has been running with 1,600 meter relay team, which he believes has been helping him out with increasing his speed and being able to close out a race without being outkicked.
"I knew the 4x4 has been helping me a lot with the last lap," said McDowell on his recent speed training. "We have been putting in a lot of 400 and 200 work lately so running that last lap was like running a 400 leg."
With his winning efforts, McDowell and the Glacier Peak boy's were able to capture the team crown scoring 36 points.
Woodway's Lucas Lacambra ran a new personal best in the 1,600 running 4:17.09 for a second place finish. Sequim's Murray Bigham ran a personal best time of 4:20.34 to finish in third.
Various state track runners from different classifications were invited to partake in the elite 800 meter race in the evening session ranging from state champions to high podium placers.<