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Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012, 10:19 p.m.

Glacier Peak's Neale cruises at Hole in the Wall

Grizzlies' runner takes first place for 4th consecutive year

  • Girls varsity racers thunder down the course at the Hole in the Wall Invitational on Saturday.

    Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald

    Girls varsity racers thunder down the course at the Hole in the Wall Invitational on Saturday.

MARYSVILLE -- History has a way of repeating itself, especially at the Hole in the Wall Invitational.
Just like last year, Glacier Peak's Amy-Eloise Neale made running look easy, taking first place honors for the fourth consecutive year. And like last year, Neale broke the course record, finishing with a time of 17 minutes and 10 seconds -- a 35 second improvement over last year's meet.
Neale's nearest competition was also identical to last year's Hole in the Wall. Glacier Peak teammate Katie Bianchini finished in second place, 1 minute and 12 seconds behind Neale. Bianchini narrowly edged third-place finisher Sally Larson of Cedar Park Christian with a time of 18:22.
"I think I'm a lot faster than last year," said Neale on how she physically prepared for her record-breaking performance on Saturday. "You just know from your training and from all the days of practice that you've put in, and you see your improvement. You come into a race like this and you say 'I know that I can go faster than last year.'"
And what about her mental preparation?
"You have to be aware of what you're capable of," said Neale. "A lot of girls struggle with that. They get to the second mile of the race and they don't have a clue of how fast they can actually go. So being aware of that and knowing, 'Yeah I can get this course record' (helped mentally)."
Although Bianchini ran further back from her teammate and finished six seconds behind her 2011 time, there may have been a very valid reason.
"Katie had to take the SAT's (earlier today) and just got here 15 minutes before the race," added Neale. "I was really excited that she did so well considering she literally had no warm-up."
Due to the efforts of Neale and Bianchini -- along with Katherine Dittman's 19th place finish, Mikayla Ingram finishing in 31st and Megan Davis crossing the finish line at 32nd -- Glacier Peak was able to take home first place honors overall in girls Division 1.
On the boy's side, Edmonds-Woodway's Jack Griffing finished in third place with an impressive time of 15:55 to lead all local finishers. Jack Pearce of Mountlake Terrace finished in sixth place with a time of 15:59 and King's Andrew Ayers finished in ninth place with a time of 16:09.
Snohomish nearly finished in the top spot for the boys team standings overall in Division 1, losing to first place Redmond by just two points, 199-201. Lake Stevens finished in third place with 230 points.
This year's Hole in the Wall -- now in its 29th year -- had 72 teams compete, an increase of 20 teams from the previous year. Divisions were made up of freshman-sophomore, junior varsity and two varsity divisions.
"We have to attribute the success of the meet to the volunteers," said Lakewood head coach Jeff Sowards regarding how the invitational has kept growing. "Also this year, we are hosting the district 1 and 2 2A, 3A and 4A district's here. So a lot of teams considered this as a practice meet that they'll run again in about three weeks."
Despite some history repeating itself on Saturday, their was a first for this year's meet. All runners were fitted with a chip timing system for the first time in the event's history.
"We applied for a grant with the city of Marysville," added Sowards. "So this is the first time we've used the system and it is a little glitchy, but we can produce results instantaneously."

At Lakewood H.S.
3.1 miles
Boys team scores
Redmond 199, Snohomish 201, Lake Stevens 230, Bellingham 251, Squalicum 272, Bothell 273, Roosevelt 294, Bellarmine Prep 314, Glacier Peak 343, Newport-Bellevue 347, Bishop Blanchet 368, Capital 395, Skyline 407, Ingraham 410, Inglemoor 426, King's 430, Ballard 432, Oak Harbor 443, Mountlake Terrace 454, Shorewood 455, Issaquah 474, Ferndale 475, Stanwood 478, Lakewood 480, Blaine 487, Lake Washington 513, Edmonds-Woodway 518, Cascade 543, Lynnwood 584, Montesano 690.
Local finishers
3. Jack Griffing (Edmonds-Woodway) 15:55, 6. Jack Pearce (Mountlake Terrace) 15:59, 9. Andrew Ayers (King's) 16:09, 13. Mason Nicol (Lake Stevens) 16:14, 16. Brad Hodkinson (Snohomish) 16:19, 23. Caleb Mina (Lake Stevens) 16:29, 28. John Rodeheffer (Oak Harbor ) 16:35, 37. Tanner Nieman (Stanwood) 16:43, 38. Brenden Perry (Snohomish) 16:43, 40. Scott Schmitt (Lake Stevens) 16:47, 41. Keagan Smith (Glacier Peak) 16:49, 43, Ryan Fairhurst (Snohomish) 16:54, 44. Kennan Stephens (Shorewood) 16:54, 46. Colin Wiedmer (Cascade) 16:55, 62. Cody Hoskins (Stanwood) 17:08, 63. Zach Smith (Glacier Peak) 17:08, 66. Miler Haller (Edmonds-Woodway) 17:10, 67. David Castillo (Lake Stevens) 17:10, 68. Zach Aweke (Lynnwood) 17:11, 72. Sam Lince (Snohomish) 17:12, 74. Andrew Thomas (Glacier Peak) 17:17, 79. Alex Cooper (Lakewood) 17:19, 80. Nathan Sparks (Mountlake Terrace) 17:20, 82. Omar Abdulla (Shorewood) 17:21, 85. Stephen Orato (Lynnwood) 17:22, 86. Drew Cabales (Lakewood) 17:23, 87. Isaac Ripley (Lynnwood) 17:23, 93. Jackson Wagner (Cascade) 17:27, 95. Jake Barnett (King's) 17:27, 97. Hunter Bryson (King's) 17:28, 98. Jason Salas (Oak Harbor) 17:29, 101. Wyatt Allemann (Mountlake Terrace) 17:31, 103. Joe Greenmun (Snohomish) 17:33, 106. Zach Bush (Lake Stevens) 17:36, 109. Gavin Stewart (Oak Harbor) 17:37, 110. Isaac Matthews (Oak Harbor) 17:37, 111. Ryan Rodriguez (Glacier Peak) 17:38, 117. Michael Sutherland (Shorewood) 17:44, 119. Dylan Olson (Cascade) 17:45, 122. Ryan Whitehead (Lakewood) 17:48, 126. Nate McCaughan (Stanwood) 17:50, 128. Hans Thoreson (Snohomish) 17:54, 129. Arthur Emmons (King's) 17:54, 130. Nathan Wagner (Oak Harbor) 17:55, 131. Ryan Mills (King's) 17:56, 132. James Horne (Glacier Peak) 17:57, 133. Peter Kidane (Mountlake Terrace) 17:57, 135. Clayton Richardson (Oak Harbor) 17:58, 136. Tyler McArthur (Lynnwood) 17:59, 138. Austin Hughes (Lake Stevens) 18:00, 139. Vinny Shipley (Cascade) 18:00, 141. Isaac Olson (Stanwood) 18:01, 145. West Weinert (Stanwood) 18:04, 146. Beau Klick (Lake Stevens) 18:06, 147. Michael Sandquist (Stanwood) 18:06, 150. John Ehni (Shorewood) 18:08, 154. Elliot Harrison (Edmonds-Woodway) 18:11, 155. Kyle Aitken (Edmonds-Woodway) 18:12, 166. Blake Smith (King's) 18:19, 167. Chris Baumgartner (Mountlake Terrace) 18:20, 168. Kevin Sandquist (Stanwood) 18:20, 171. Thomas Miller (Shorewood) 18:24, 174. Jonah Cortezzo (Edmonds-Woodway) 18:29, 175. Henry Sparks (Mountlake Terrace) 18:30, 176. Jacob Mack (Lakewood) 18:32, 181. Caley Powers (Oak Harbor) 18:41, 183. Noah Johann (Lynnwood) 18:44, 184. Kyle Stemm (Cascade) 18:45, 186. Jason Edwards (Shorewood) 18:56, 190. Joel Henry (Cascade) 19:06, 191. Mitchell Darrah (Lakewood) 19:06, 193. Kaleb Decker (Lynnwood) 19:09, 196. Adam Kahn (Edmonds-Woodway) 19:17, 198. Noushyar Eslami (Edmonds-Woodway) 19:19, 200. Peter Espinoza (Lakewood) 19:25, 203. Jason Shevenko (Mountlake Terrace) 19:37, 209. Tyler Ward (King's) 20:09.
Girls team scores
Glacier Peak 77, Snohomish 120, Redmond 135, Roosevelt 155, Issaquah 197, Peninsula 218, North Kitsap 234, Capital 250, Bellingham 301, Inglemoor 314, King's 330, Stanwood 358, Bothell 369, Northwest 389, Oak Harbor 393, Cedar Park Christian, 394, Lakewood 402, Bishop Blanchet 402, Lake Stevens 403, Mt. Baker 478, Mountlake Terrace 484, Lynnwood 499, Maple Ridge 542, Cascade 590.
Local Finishers
1. Amy-Eloise Neale (Glacier Peak) 17:10, 2. Katie Bianchini (Glacier Peak) 18:22, 3. Sally Larson (Cedar Park Christian) 18:22, 8. Mikayla Pivec (Lynnwood) 19:09, 9. Kacey Kemper (King's) 19:11, 12. Bri Gibson (Snohomish) 19:17, 15. McKenna Smith 19:22, 19. Katherine Dittman (Glacier Peak) 19:31, 24. Kyla Shade (Snohomish) 19:37, 25. Cassidy Rude (Arlington) 19:37, 27. Hannah Berntson (Snohomish) 19:37, 29. Ariel Jensen (Lakewood) 19:39, 30. Hailey Nyquist (Snohomish) 19:42, 31. Mikayla Ingram (Glacier Peak) 19:43, 32. Megan Davis (Glacier Peak) 19:43, 33. Alexandra Laiblin (Oak Harbor) 19:43, 38. Emma Janousek (Arlington) 19:51, 44. Erin Beezhold (Cedar Park Christian) 20:03, 53. Lindsey Dorney (Archbishop Murphy) 20:13, 58. Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor) 20:21, 62. Samantha Northrop (Glacier Peak) 20:25, 63. Esmeralda Bonilla (Snohomish) 20:26, 68. Grace Castandeda (Arlington) 20:33, 71. Ella Schroth (Mountlake Terrace) 20:36, 73. Corina Pierce (Stanwood) 20:40, 75. Dandelion Kinison (Lake Stevens) 20:42, 76. Jordin Stephenson (Stanwood) 20:45, 77. Haley Longstreth (Glacier Peak) 20:52, 80. Mckenna Hunt (Mountlake Terrace) 23:00, 83. Darby Throndsen (Lakewood) 84. Madison Yerigen (Stanwood) 23:02, 86. Natalie Wyles (Stanwood) 23:03, 88. Lacey Main (Lake Stevens) 23:04, 94. Caylyn Rich (Stanwood) 23:09, 95. Alexandra Dreher (Snohomish) 23:10, 96. Emma Horn (Lake Stevens) 23:13, 97. Alexa Schroder (Lynnwood) 23:13, 98. Theresa Gipson (Lake Stevens) 23:14, 99. Marie Auch-Schweik (Mountlake Terrace) 23:15, 100. Alexa Boswell (Cascade) 23:16, 101. Sofia Sobotta (Stanwood) 23:16, 103. Marisa Sligh 23:16, 106. Rachel Sowards (Lakewood) 23:20, 110. Anna Green 23:28, 111. Sophia Thomas (King's) 23:28, 112. Lily Klevin 23:31, 114. Rachel Crowther (Oak Harbor) 23:37, 116. Alexandra Yerigan (Stanwood) 23:39, 118. Lily Whitehead (Lakewood) 23:45, 121. Rachael Fleming (Arlington) 23:47, 123. Sara Newman (Lakewood) 23:53, 124. Lauren Nelson (Cedar Park Christian ) 23:55, 125. Alisa Smith (Lakewood) 23:58, 127. Kristen Maggs (King's) 24:05, 130. Allison Beezhold (Cedar Park Christian) 24:09, 132. Maddie Dellinger (Mountlake Terrace) 24:13, 134. Christel Schafers (Cascade) 24:18, 136. Celine Espinoza (Lakewood) 24:29, 139. Jonalynn Horn (Oak Harbor) 24:49, 141. Amanda Redford (Cascade) 24:54, 143. Mariesa MacDonald (Cedar Park Christian) 25:01, 144. Katie Weir (Cascade) 25:13, 145. Ashley Carlson (Cascade) 25:24, 148. Rebekah Way (Lynnwood) 25:38, 149. Madison Bryson-Eyer (Lynnwood) 25:44, 154. Gillian Edgar (King's) 26:06, 156. Megan Blue (Lynnwood) 26:25, 157. Jamie Santos (Lake Stevens) 26:29, 160. Celine Lemaire (Lake Stevens) 26:48, 163. Nicole Loehr (Cascade) 27:30, 164. Morgan Joyce (Cascade) 27:54, 165. Jacinta Garcia (Mountlake Terrace) 27:55.

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