ARLINGTON - If you thought last year's Nike Hole in the Wall Invite was spectacular, the 36th annual brought even more this season with record setting numbers.
A total of 4,500 runners and 146 schools were in attendance from as far as Alaska, British Columbia, California, Nevada, Oregon and, of course, Washington state, at Lakewood High School on Saturday, October 12, for what is now considered the "fastest race in the Evergreen State."
For the third time in the last four weeks, Eisenhower's Jonas Price broke another course record placing first in the Varsity Division 1 boy's race running a time of 14:49.9, surpassing Woodinville alum Luke Houser's time of 14:57, in which he ran last year.
With a new personal best mark, Price's time ranks him 14th in the nation and first in the Pacific Northwest passing up the 2018 Nike BorderClash champion, Evan Holland of Ashland, Oregon.
Price felt this would be challenging week to break the course record because of the tough workouts he went through before heading over for the meet.
With this being his first and last appearance at the Hole in the Wall, the Eisenhower senior didn't worry about what time he ran, as long as it was under 14:57.
"It wasn't the time I wanted but at least I got the course record," said Price.
"This past week of training has been tough. Even my coach said my legs weren't going to be 100 percent today, so we didn't know how it would play out. I'm just happy with how it went."
Coming out in a strong first mile, Price was at 4:30 and felt good about the start of his race.
This would later come back to bite him as he began to feel the aches and pains from the hard training in his legs midway through.
"My legs started to tighten up as usual," said Price. "Coming around the second mile, I was at 9:20 and I told myself I just have to gut this last mile out. I kept looking back thinking the kid from Alaska was getting closer to me, but that just motivated me to keep pushing it."
Away from running, Price has become a celebrity for the running world in Washington as everyone wants to watch him race. Most people would leave after watching their team run, but plenty of folks stayed around to watch history be made.
The attention doesn't bother Price, but it's something he is not used to.