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tart SPORTS * Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter Ryan Iani, a fifthrgrader at Lakeridge Elementary winds up for his shot put toss. Iani finished sixth with a throw of 1.79 meters. Kids let it fly at 28th all—Island track meet By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter railing perennial favorite Lakeridge Elementary School in the team title by a large mar— gin, the fifth grade West Mercer coed 4x25-meter relay had a little some— thing to prove in the last race of the 28th annual All—Island Track Meet at Islander Middle School on Monday. But finding the Lakeridge Lions already more than 15 meters ahead af— ter the first 25, surprisingly few on the West Mercer Wolves’ relay were too worried about their chances of taking only the school’s fourth title in the meet dominated again by the Lions. After inheriting a lO—meter deficit off a strong second leg from Karli Hagstrom, Taylor Nelp, the Wolves’ third runner, was able to virtually cut the Lions’ seemingly—huge lead down to two yards for Sam Selby. Anchor Selby roared past Laken'dge’s last run- ner, Cam Galloway, in the final 20 me— ters to win the race by five meters, timing in at 1 minute, 0] .5 seconds to the Lions’ 1203.2. “I didn’t think we’d win at first be— cause Lakeridge was really far ahead of us,” Selby said. “I got a good hand— off from Taylor and just everything went well.” “I’m just really happy we got (the victory) because last year we got sec— ond and this year we came back to win it,” said Nelp, who barely won the 100 dash over Lakeridge’s Ben Chapman (14.80 to 14.85). However, the come-from—behind triumph wasn’t all that surprising for Hagstrom. who felt the extensive prepa- ration the team put into the relay would make a difference in the long run. “I knew we could do it because we practiced (Sunday) at the high school on our handoffs,” said Hagstrom, who threw 29.25 meters to finish second in the softball throw to Island Park’s Lizzie Rosen (29.8). “We decided who would go where and I knew we could Please see Track on B3 Wednesday, June 10, 1998 Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter Kenny Kim; right, a fourth—grader at West Mercer Elementary, watches his softball toss sail at the 28th All— Island grade school track and field meet Monday at Islander Middle School. Kim finished third in the event. Matt Brashears/Mercer Island Reporter The Mount Baker varsity eight practice on Lake Washington last Monday in preparation for the national championships in Cincinnati, Ohio. From left are: Ashley Rosser, Madeline Engel, Khobi Brooklyn, Carrie Huttenlocher, Lauren Mitterer, and Gwynna Biggers. Engel, Huttenlocher and Biggers are Island residents. Mount Baker won the national title again on Sunday with a course—record time of 6:40.40. Mercer Islanders help lead Mount Baker Crew to fourth straight national trophy By Ethan Fowler ’ Mercer Island Reporter Saturday’s preliminaries to set the stage for Sunday’s finals. With ORU already nervous and frustrated, Mount Baker With nothing to lose and no pressure on them for the first jumped out at the halfway point in the championship fi~ time in three years, the Mount Baker Crew girls varsity eight-plus coxswain boat pulled off what even they thought was next to impossible —— another national junior title. nals of the 2,000—meter race and never looked back, cruis- ing to a full—boat length yictory over runner-up Cincinnati. They won the race in a course-record 6 minutes, 40.40 For the fourth year in a row, Mount Baker Crew’s boat with Mercer Island residents Carrie Huttenlocher, Gwynna Biggers and Madeline Engel —— captured the fourth annual National JuniOr Regatta Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday afternoon. The Islander-led boat, coming in without a victory in over a year, capitalized on its national experience to shock pre- race favorite, Portland’s Oregon Racing Unlimited, in ‘Hawaiian’ Islanders set pace for Cancer research By Ethan Fowler Mercer Island Reporter or the second straight year, Mercer Island High School students demonstrated their desire to make an impact on the lives of others. .. Motivated by senior classmate Krishna Vara’s ongoing bout with cancer —— Ewings sarcoma — Islanders far outnumbered the 73 other teams ‘For a high school to raise as much as they did is phenomenal.’ seconds. Cincinnati timed in at 6:43.74, while Oregon came in third (6:44.18). “Winning the (preliminary) heat definitely gave us con~ fidence that we could pull it off in the final,” said Mercer Island High School senior Huttenlocher, the sixth seat, who also won the national single sculling race at the re- gatta by over 10 seconds with a time of 8:08. “We had a perfect she said. “When we stopped row- ~— Doug Britton in the 24-hour Relay for Life run/walk event sponsored by the American Cancer Society at Newport High School’s stadium Friday'night. “Their enthusiasm with their grass skirts, limbo contest and scavenger hunt just adds to'the event. Every year that group of kids is just amazing; ing and were able to turn and see (ORU) still crossing the finish line, it was just great It was worth not winning all those» .- other regattas to win this one.” Engel, who has been on the last three champioriship boats, also felt the race was an amazing way to cap what had been a long and frustrating season. After all, Mount Baker Crew almost didn’t make the national regatta after they finished third in the regionals on May 17. They were lat- er granted permission to defend their titles when regional race officials accepted Mount Baker’s petition to be in- cluded in the race based on their three—time national cham- pion status, fast times and equipment trouble during the race. , “This victory was by far the most rewarding for me be- cause we had struggled through so much to win,” said the Lakeside School senior, who was the boat’s stroke. “It was a beautiful way to end my high school rowing career.” Biggers, the boat’s third seat and a senior at MIHS, said the lopsided victory relieved a lot pressure for the squad. The boat also included: Ashley Rosser (coxswain), Khobi ‘It was worth not , . winning all those E other regattas to will: this one.’ Carrie Huttenloélier Huttenlocher « ‘ Brooklyn (7th seat), Lauren Mitterer (5), Ona Johnson (4), Margaret Hennings (2) and Rahel Wendelspiess (1: :— bow). ' Z “This season has been one of the hardest emotionally to me, but as soon as we put it together it has also been the most rewarding because of all the work we put into it,” said Biggers, who will be rowing in the fall for Yale University. Please see Girls crew on I32 When I think of the ages of all these kids —— I know I wasn’t doing special events for non-profit or~ ganizations when I was their age.” For the third straight year, the Relay for Life easily topped its previous year’s collection, fig- ure with an initial tally of-$188,295 -— more than $74,000 above last year’s figure, which was more than $53,000 ahead of 1996’s total ($64,000). “It’s really exciting,” said Krishna’s sophomore sister, Vauhini of the large Island presence. “We only had one team two yearsago and three teams last year. The Key Club, student—run group affiliated ' with the Kiwanis Club, has done a really good job promoting it, but not everyone doing it is a Key Decked out in Hawaiian dresses and donning leis around their necks, the eight Mercer Island teams com- prised of 84 students raised the . largest donation with $18,367.60. Mercer Island senior Liane Waters, who starred on the Islanders «gym— . nastics team, led the school’s effort, collecting a whoop- ing $1,640individpally. “For a high school to raise as much as they did is phenomenal -— phenomenal,” said Doug Britton, ExecutiveDirector of the East King County Division of the American Cancer Society. Liane Waters Matt Brashears/Mercer lsla Rerter Mercer Island High School senior Tori Yamamoto, right, Jennifer Tun , standing center, Krishna Vara, kneeling center, Alex Gin, far back, and Jason Muramoto, left, set up“ camp at the Newport Bligh School track where they were participating in Please see Relay on B3 Eastside Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society’s fund raiser. Eight MIHS teams of 10' to 15 students raised $18,367.60. I I I I I I I I I ' I J