Snohomish, WA - It all started in a distance medley relay race which showed how dominate the Glacier Peak girl's track team was at the 2019 Nike Eason Invite at Snohomish High School this past Saturday winning the team title scoring 53 points.
The Grizzlies DMR team, featuring Adisen Stratton, Greta Henrie, Alexis Palmer, and Brooke Wallace, took first place running a combined time of 12:43.41.
Palmer led off the relay as the 1,200 meter leg putting the Grizzlies way out in front of everyone else, giving the rest of her teammates a comfortable lead.
"For me, it was my first race of the day and I know I just wanted to start off on a good foot," said Palmer as she went on to run the 3,200 meter later on.
"I think we all went in and did great today. Going in as the No. 1 seed felt good. Knowing we were the top team today, we definitely lived up to it."
However, Palmer felt she hadn't created a big advantage at the start which motivated her even more to continue picking up the pace.
"The whole time I thought somebody was running right behind me," said Palmer laughing.
"Overall we couldn't be happier with today. Winning is always going to be the goal for us."
Peak's WESCO opponent, Edmonds Woodway, ran 12:58.59 for second. Newport of Bellevue was third with a combined time of 13:11.44.
Glacier Peak's Aviry Stratton kicked off the evening session with a 1,600 meter victory in the girl's elite race running a season best time of 4:59.23.
Stratton was well under five minute pace from start to finish crossing through the first 800 meters in two minutes, and twenty-two seconds.
"I knew I had to get out fast and create separation for myself," said Stratton.
"The second half of the race was slower than my first, but I just tried to give it all I had."
Had she kept this pace for the second half of the race, she would have run one of the top 1,600 times not only in the state but in the entire country.