OLYMPIA - A great start to the season for both the boys and girls programs at Olympia as the Bears defeat South Puget Sound League opponents, Puyallup and Graham-Kapowsin, in a tri-meet on Tuesday, September 10, held at Olympia High School.
Connor Griffith of Olympia won the boy's 5,000 meter race in a time of 17:58 helping his team to a six point victory over Puyallup, 25-31. Ethan Coleman and Max Barnes were second and third overall for the Bears running times of 18:09 and 18:30.
George Merrifield was eighth as he was the final Bear in the top 10 running a time of 19:01.
Puyallup's top runner, Alec Bledsoe, finished in fourth running 18:49. Nathaniel Joosten (18:49), Nate Herrick (18:53), and Samuel Zielke (19:00) followed Bledsoe in the fifth through eighth placings in this order.
Jed Wright led Graham-Kapowsin with a 12th place finish in a time of 19:29.
On the girl's side, Olympia defeated Puyallup as well by a score of 26-34. Ellie Glock was second overall and the Bears top runner running a time of 22:41. Teammates Abby Burtner (22:41) and Anna Dragt (22:56) were third and fourth.
Winning the girl's race was the Vikings' Veronica Caldwall as she ran 22:28. Also from Puyallup placing well was Phoebe Sacksteder coming in fifth place running 23:30.
Graham-Kapowsin's Isabelle Teague finished in sixth running a time of 24:07.
Olympia will be at the 26th Annual Capital Invite and Puyallup and Graham will be at the 21st Bellarmine Invite this coming Saturday.
1st Olympia 25, 2nd Puyallup 31, 3rd Graham-Kapowsin 82