Weekend Recap: Olympia's Coleman Smashes Course Record at Nike Twilight

Updated: Oct 11

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Olympia's Ethan Coleman ran a 5k course record 14:40 at the Nike Twilight Invite on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Ethan Coleman.

The long-awaited arrival of Olympia's Ethan Coleman season debut was finally over this past weekend, and it didn't disappoint.

The Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville witnessed its fastest 5k time ran ever at the 14th annual Nike Twilight Invite as Coleman clocked in a new personal best and state best 14:40.20 to win the 4A/3A boys race. Eastlake's own Nathan Pixler held the previous course record when he ran 15:11 in the 2015 invite.

Coleman's efforts were solo from start to finish as he blew away from the field. Closing in the last 1.1 miles in 5:13, Coleman averaged around 4:35 for his final mile, cruising his way through the downhill stretch to the finish.

According to Athletic.net, Coleman's 5k time ranks second in the entire country, trailing behind the No. 1 time of 14:38.8 ran by Sam Rich from Catawba Ridge out of South Carolina.

Arlington won the 4A/3A title scoring 63 points beating out a Newport (Bellevue) squad that finished with 86. Aiden Emerson led the charge for the Eagles, running a new personal best time of 15:31. Five more Arlington runners also ran personal best times, including top 10 finishers Brandon Moore (5th, 15:44) and Ryan Rushton (10th, 16:13.30).

Sam Jacobsen was Newport's top finisher, just trailing Emerson in third running a personal best 15:41.50. Oscar Pont finished in the top 10 as well for Newport, running 16:12.80 to finish in ninth.

Mercer Island was third in scoring with 158 points led Ryan Koopman's 14th place personal best run of 16:18.90.

Squalicum took home the 2A/1A/B boys title defeating Northwest Conference foe Sehome 73-104. Three Storm runners finished in the top 10, with Chase Bartlett placing the highest in third place, running 16:41.90. Tyler Neilsen (16:46.20) and Owen Voigt (16:52.40) followed behind in eighth and 10th place.

Sehome's top runner was Ted Buetow running 16:59. Cedarcrest was third with 125 points, led by London Haley's fifth-place personal best run of 16:42.

The Northwest School's Stephen Bleakley-Harris ran a personal best 15:57.80 to win the individual title, beating out Steilacoom's Cody Goth's time of 16:17.30. Ilwaco's Daniel Quintana was fourth, running 16:41.90.

On the girl's side, Sydney Collier and the Skyline Spartans had a night to remember taking home the individual and team titles in the 4A/3A race. The Spartans scored 90 points in the team standings as Collier clocked in a personal best of 17:57.80 on her way to first place. Teammate Anna Callahan was second running a personal best of 18:19.80.

Paige Gerrard of Snohomish finished in third, running a personal best 18:25. Lincoln's Tali Braester (4th, 18:40.80) and Kamiak's Emma Arceo (5th, 18:47.80) round out the top five individuals.

Lake Stevens scored 118 points to finish in second, led by Alexis Buhman's ninth place personal best run of 19:09.80. Jemma Willcox finished in eighth running 19:08.80 for third place Edmonds-Woodway who scored 146 points.

Top-ranked 2A Anacortes won the 2A/1A/B race scoring 45 points, beating out Northwest Conference opponent Sehome's 74. Jessica Frydenlund won the fourth race of her junior season, clocking a personal best 18:01.1 as the Seahawks' top runner. All five scorers for Anacortes finished within the top 15, including a 10th place finish from Casey Lemrick in a personal best 19:49.30.

Sehome had three runners finish in the top 10 with Kaia Szymczak (19:25.20), Evelyn Buetow (19:36.50), and Hannah Brown (19:44.70) finishing fifth, sixth, and eighth. King's scored 145 points placing third with one runner in the top 10 in Sophia Inglin (7th, 19:43.30).

Meridian's Kayla Aalpoel was the runner-up at 18:30.20, and Cedarcrest's Sonja Blycker was third running 19:11.70.

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