2023 XC Season:


Congratulations to the Cross Country team at the State Championship last weekend. Boys finished 6th and the Girls team finished on the podium taking home the 4th place trophy. This is the girl’s 9th State trophy, which is the most trophies achieved by any 4A girls program in the State since 2006. Sally Roos also finished 11th overall, earning her All-Star Honors.

Representing the Boys team was: Justin Hom, Connor Hom, Eli Yoon, Andrew Talius, Chase Beckstead, Colin Thompson, Max Qu, Lukas Talius, and Daniel Montano. The Girls State team was represented by: Anna Schneidler, Jane Roos, Sally Roos, Holly Carroll, Fiona Wolf, Salma Abdelale, Abbey VanValkenburg, Amy Harlan, and Claire Drake.


Bi-District Championship

The top 5 teams from Districts qualify for the State Championship. The girls raced first and continued to close the gap on the top 3 teams, finishing 4th again but only 14pts behind 3rdplace Skyline. The boys team is finally showing nearly full health with Eli Yoon returning to action, Connor Hom rounding into form, and a huge race by Chase Beckstead finishing as our #5 and breaking 17min for the first time. Chase has improved by nearly 90 seconds compared to last year! As a result the boys took down Redmond, Skyline, and Mt Si to finish 2nd place. This marks the 14th time the girls have made State and the 8th time for the Boys.


Kingco League Championship

The boys team came into the League championship banged up but ready to race. Missing this seasons #2 runner Eli Yoon but getting back 2023 State Track 1600m runner up Connor Hom just in time for Kingco the boys team perserveared and qualified for Districts the next week taking 5th at Kingco. Running in the XC Whites was Justin Hom (7th and 1st team all Kingco!), Andrew Talius (18th), Colin Thompson (27th), Connor Hom (28th), Chase Beckstead (41st), Max Qu (51st), Lukas Talius (56th), and Preston Daniels (62nd).

The Girls team continues to improve each week and the Kingco League has the 4 best girls teams in the State, with Mt Si, Issaquah, Skyline, and Eastlake. The Lady Wolves ran strong with a huge break out race from Anna Schneidler finishing 3rd overall and 1st team all Kingco! Also racing well to get the girls team 4th place was Jane Roos (17th), Sally Roos (25th), Salma Abdelale (41st), Fiona Wolf (45th), Kiera Quinto (47th), Amy Harlan (57th), and Abbey VanValkenburg (69th).


JV League Championship Invite

The JV squads joined all the 2A, 3A, and 4A JV teams to compete at Marymoor Park on Oct 18th to crown the unofficial Kingco JV champions. It is the nature of XC as a sport to have a culminating race where everyone peaks to throw down great times and face the best competition.

In the boys Frosh/Soph race Jonah Yoon (8th), Saket Sarathy (16th), Nathan Kent-Horton (18th), Olen Emiliusen (19th), Yonatan Turgeman (24th) all finished in the top 25 and helped the boys finish 2nd place. In the Frosh/Soph gilrs: Madison Beaty (11th), Marie Luican (13th), Megha Shankri (16th), Victoria Thomas (35th), Zephora Capusan (46th)helped the girls finish 4th overall.

For the Junior/Senior race, on the girls side: Claire Heye (3rd), Kaila Tamanaha (7th), Lexi Eller (11th), Leila Burg (12th), Elsa Schmidt (14th), Jessica Jones (18th) all propelled the girls to 2nd place. On the boys side: Eamon Senapati (7th), Harry Kaiser (9th), Alan Duan (10th), Alex Wei (16th), Luke Simon (18th), Braden Scott (26th), and Rushil Arun (30th) had strong performances to score 2nd place overall.

The Top 7 JV races capped off the day. The boys finished a close 3rd, represented byRodrigo Montano (7th), Alex Hovnanyan (9th), Austin Poppino (16th), Silas Smith (17th), Zack Rikkinen (27th), Andrew Nohle (38th), and Paolo Villanueva (45th).

The girls took home 3rd as well, with Claire Drake (7th), Saniya Riabinina (13th), Grace Schorr (15th), Erin Harris (17th), Vanessa Hepkin (20th), Sonoma Steiner (22nd), and Sydney Lamb (26th).


Crown Meet @ Marymoor

Wrapping up the regular season against half of the Kingco league at Marymoor on Wednesday the Wolves continue to refine their pack running and post season racing strategy. This was also an opportunity to preview the Marymoor course which will be used for the KingCo Championship events next week. Some strong races happened across the group with individual outstanding performances by many on the boys side: Austin Poppino, Alex Hovnanyan, Andrew Nohle, Jonah Yoon, Yonatan Turgeman, Luke Simon, Braden Scott, Hemanth Mandava, Maksym Goncharenko, and Nathan Kent- Horton. On the girls side: Holly Carroll, Amy Harlan, Grace Schorr, Vanessa Hepkins, Sonoma Steiner, Erin Harris, Leila Burg, Lexi Eller, Elsa Schmidt, Jessie Jones, Victoria Thomas, Sabrina Carbonneau, and Medhya Padmanabhuni. 


Nike Hole in the Wall

The largest XC meet in the PNW, the Hole in the Wall invitational brought over 2000 high school runners from BC, OR, ID, Montana, California, and Washington. The Wolves fought through the hottest day this fall with temps reaching 85+ degrees. The boys team pushed through the heat and took 2nd place in the Gold division. Stellar races were had across JV and Varsity by: Zack Rikkinen, Silas Smith, Chase Beckstead, Aashrith Pisupati, Mitchell Natale, Lucas Ferreira, John Paliakkara, Daniel Chen, Harrison Militello, Hanut Sohony, Adam Walker, Aashka Shah, Eshal Mohd Zafri, Ana Wu, and Claire Drake.


Nike Twilight Invitational

The Wolves travelled up to Cedarcrest Golf Course to compete against 80 teams from Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Washington. This unique invite ends with races under the lights and an epic glow in the dark 2K run!
Competing in the large school division the boys finished 6th and the girls 7th. Notable races on the girls side: Rishika Pachava, Charolette Bodie, Claire Beko, and Madison Beaty. On the boys side: Harry Kaiser, Eamon Senapati, Simeon Chenchev, Liam Gershony, Cael Weber, Sixian Zheng, James Settle, Alex Bishopp, Luke Wells, Lukas Talius, and Andrew Talius. Top 20 finishes were had by Claire Drake, Rodrigo Montano, Chase Beckstead, Anna Schneidler, Justin Hom, and Elijah Yoon.


Three Course Challenge 

Last weekend marked the XC team’s 16th year heading down to Seaside, Oregon for the 3-Course Challenge XC Invitational. This is a highlight of every season with the team focusing on grit and competing over running fast times. This year’s meet brought together over 100 team from OR, WA, BC, and CA. This unique XC meet requires the team to race athletes across 3 different race courses an Easy, Moderate, and Hard course. Each course features sand running, mud pits, and uneven terrain reflective in the venue of Camp Rilea military training center.

Competing in the large school division the Lady Wolves took 2nd place and the Boys team snagged the 1st place trophy.

Scoring for the Girls: Jane Roos, Sally Roos, Anna Schneidler, Claire Drake, Kiera Quinto, Fiona Wolf, and Abbey VanValkenburg. Scoring for the Boys: Justin Hom, Max Qu, Colin Thompson, Preston Daniels, Chase Beckstead, Zack Rikkinen, and Eli Yoon


Tahoma Co-Ed Relays

Hosted by Tahoma HS at Lake Wilderness Park the Tahoma Co-ed Relays brought together 50 schools with over 300 relay teams. The Wolves top 2 relay squads finished on the podium in 5th and 7th place! The 5th place squad included Daniel Montano, Max Qu, Lukas Talius, Jane Roos, and Sally Roos. The 7th Place team was Chase Beckstead, Colin Thompson, Preston Daniels, Anna Schneilder, and Fiona Wolf.


Home meet @ Beaver Lake

The first 5K of the season saw the Wolves XC against cross Kingco rivals Issaquah, Bothell, and Inglemoor. Both boys and girls worked on race tactics and pack strategies in the early season contest. Notable finishes were had by: junior rookies Holly Carroll and Grace Schorr. Freshmen Anna Schneilder finished 2nd place as the #1 Wolf on the day. The girls team won overall against 2022 State runner up Issaquah by 1 point! The boys ran with strong pack tactics finishing 2nd behind 2021 State Champions Issaquah. In the JV boys race Austin Poppino closed strong to be the top Wolf in the race and 2ndplace overall, followed closely by Alex Hovnanyan. Dropping a big season opener Sean Dolan improved by over 80 seconds from last season breaking 20min for the first time as the #3 Wolf in the JV race.


Mega Meet @ St Edwards

Due to scheduling issues this 3-way meet turned into a defecto Kingco Preview with 7 of 10 Kingco schools racing at St. Edwards State Park. The Wolves battled Woodinville, Newport, North Creek, Skyline, Issaquah, and Inglemoor. The JV boys race had to be broken into 2 sections with 350 boys competing! On the varsity side Colin Thompson and Chase Beckstead ran very strong finishing as our #4 &6 runners and shattering 18min for the first time. Rookie Paolo Villanuevamixed it up with the varsity boys finishing as our #10 in 18:23. The Top JV boys were Zack Rikkinen, Austin Poppino, and Andrew Nohle all finishing within 10 seconds of each other. In the 2nd JV boys race Eli Timmins, John Paliakkara, and Cael Weber showed strong pack tactics finishing within 7 seconds of each other. As did Aarav Srivastava and Alex Bishopp within 0.29 seconds in an epic kick! The girls mirror the great pack running of the boys with freshmen Saniya Riabinina and Amy Harlan finishing as our #7 & 8 within 2 seconds of each other. On the girls JV side Salma Abdelale finish 2nd overall and #1 Wolf in her season debut. Spring time Track sprinters Erin Harris and Zephora Capusan pushed each other to season best times and monstrous kicks! The trio of Kiera Gorby, Rachel D’Souza, and Guiliana Dysart finished within 3 seconds of each other breaking 29min for the first time as well!



The Boys and Girls Cross Country (XC) teams kicked off the season at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle against many of the Kingco league’s toughest programs. The massive Wolves XC team stands at 149 athletes, dwarfing last years team of 118. While most races are a 5K (3.1 miles), the Kingco Jamboree is only a 2 mile season tune up. The very hilly 2mi course may not have been fast but the Wolves improved their grit and mental toughness.

The Freshmen boys led off the day with strong performances from Yonatan Turgeman and Jonah Yoon finishing as the top 2 Wolves. On the Freshmen girls side Anna Schneidler finished 3rd overall (7th fastest EHS girl on the day) follow by the duo of Saniia Riabinina and Amy Harlan. All 3 finished in the top 8 overall. The Sophomores kept the strong performances rolling with Rodrigo Montano, Zack Rikkinen, and Aarush Thandani as the top 3 Eastlake boys. Sydney Lamb finished 2nd overall (6th fastest for Eastlake) and Kiera Quinto 6th overall. The 11th grade boys races had several Wolves up in the front pack, with Eli Yoon finishing 2nd overall, Andrew Talius 8th, Lukas Talius 12th, Colin Thompson 14th, and Preston Daniels 16th.  The Girls side had a very strong showing as well with Jane Roos in 2nd, Sally Roos in 3rd, Fiona Wolf and rookie Holly Carroll in 7th and 8th and fellow rookie Grace Schorr in 12th. Wrapping up the day with the senior races. Daniel Montano finished 4th, Max Qu 7th, and Chase Beckstead 8th. For the girls, Abbey VanValkenburg closed with 3rd and Vanessa Hepkin in 15th.



Historic 2022 XC Season: Two Team Trophies & 
Boys team Academic State Champions!

Wolves take 3 team awards at State Cross Country Championships in Pasco on Nov 5th. 

The Boys XC team won the Academy State Championship with a 3.940 avg GPA! 

The Girls team took home 4th place trophy marking the 8th time in 13 State appearances that the girls team has taken home a team trophy and the 3rd trophy in the last 3 full seasons. The girls team was represented by: Jane Roos, Sally Roos, Alyssa Flindt, Kaitlyn Liu, Kiera Quinto, Abbey VanValkenburg, Sydney Lamb. Individually Jane Roos finished 7th on the podium for 1st team All-state honors! 

The Boys team battled for 2nd place, marking the first State trophy in school history! The boys team was represented by: Noah Zahn, Ethan Pedersen, Connor Hom, Justin Hom, Harris Austin, Andrew Talius, and Daniel Montano. Individually, Noah Zahn finished 6th place and earned 1st team All-state honors!

Great way to finish strong this season!



Boys Win Kingco Title! Girls close 2nd

Wolves XC Boys team won the super competitive Kingco League Championship on Oct 21st. Led by Ethan Pedersen the Wolves placed all 7 runners in the top 19. The Girls team finished a close 2nd by only 2pts. All League Kingco honors were earned by 5 boys and 3 girls. Congrats to First team: Ethan Pedersen (1st), Noah Zahn (3rd), Connor Hom (5th), and Jane Roos (5th). Second team: Harris Austin (9th), Justin Hom (10th), Sally Roos (8th) and Alyssa Flindt (14th). 

Both JV squads also won their respective races at the "Kingco JV Subvarsity Invite" with Erin Schmidlin and Andrew Talius winning individual titles as well. 



Pumpkin Dash Results

Thanks to every for joining at the Pumpkin Dash this year. You can find result here. Due to the issues with the K/1st race, we unfortunately do not have results. Stay tuned for Pumpkin Dash 2023. Most likely the 1st Wednesday in October. 



Historic 2021 XC Season


BOYS finish as best ever EHS team at State!

The 2021 Eastlake XC team finished the best combined Boys & Girls program in the State with the 5th place finish of the Boys team and the 1st Place finish of the Girls team!

The Boys ran a tough race against an outstanding 4A field of 16 teams and 152 runners. Ethan Pedersen led the squad with a 5th Place finish followed closely by Noah Zahn in 10th place. Ethan earning 1st Team All-State and Noah 2nd Team All-State. The Boys team finished 5th overall, which is the best team finish by an Eastlake Boys XC team at State (previous was 10th place). The boys team was also represented by: Justin Hom (68th), Connor Hom(75th), Chris Lynn(77th), Daniel Montano(116th), and Quinn Hulet(136th).

The Girls team flew out of the start in 1st place at the first mile split and never looked back. Finishing the 5K course with the fastest team average in Eastlake history and beating 2nd place Lewis and Clark by 40 points. Led by Jane Roos in 8th place the Lady Wolves put 4 girls in the top 14 and 5 in the top 24 places out of over 145 runners. Emily VanValkenburg in 11th, Fiona Wolf 13th, Sally Roos 14th, all joined Jane on the podium and earned 2nd Team All-State honors. Alyssa Flindt (24th), Claudia Wolf (53rd), and Ashley Lotzkar (58th) rounded out the amazing Girls team. 

Dual District Champions! 

Congratulations to the 2021 Cross Country team for an outstanding 4A Wesco-Kingco District Championship. Both Boys and Girls finished 1st place!! The Boys tied Issaquah with EHS #6 runner Chris Lynn beating Issaquah's #6 by only 17 seconds to break the tie. Ethan Pedersen finished 1st place again this week individually. The boys team was represented by: Ethan Pedersen, Noah Zahn, Daniel Montano, Justin Hom, Connor Hom, Chris Lynn, and Quinn Hulet. The girls team was represented by: Fiona Wolf, Jane Roos, Sally Roos, Alyssa Flindt, Claudia Wolf, Ashley Lotzkar, and Erin Schmidlin. 
Both teams now advance to the WIAA State Cross Country Championship in Pasco, WA on Nov 6th. Both teams are ranked #3 in the State by the XC Coaches Association Poll. 

Kingco Champions! 
Congratulations to the Cross Country team for an awesome Kingco Championship. Both JV Boys and JV Girls finished 1st in Kingco. The Boys Varsity team finished 3rd with Ethan Pederson taking 1st place individually and Noah Zahn 4th. Ethan is only the 5th boy in Eastlake history to be crowned Kingco XC Champion. The Girls Varsity team claimed the Kingco Championship, the 8th EHS XC Girls Kingco title in school history. The girls team was represented by: Fiona Wolf, Jane Roos, Sally Roos, Alyssa Flindt, Claudia Wolf, Ashley Lotzkar, and Erin Schmidlin. 

2021 Pumpkin Dash Results


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