Community roundup: Glacier Peak grad ends career on high note

UW runner Amy-Eloise Neale earned All-America honors in her final collegiate race.

Amy-Eloise Neale’s storied collegiate running career came to an end Saturday with yet another All-American effort.

The Glacier Peak High School graduate, who’s finishing up her senior year at the University of Washington, earned All-America honors for the seventh time as a collegian when she took fifth place in the women’s 5,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Neale was in 10th place going into the final lap, but she kicked over the final 400 meters to pass five runners and finish in a time of 15 minutes, 44.41 seconds. She finished less than three seconds behind the winner, Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer.

Neale earned first-team All-America honors by finishing in the top eight. She was a first teamer last year when she took eighth in the 1,500, and she also holds two first-team honors for cross country, including a second-place finish at cross country nationals in the fall. Neale has two second-team All-America honors in indoor track and one second-team honor in outdoor track.

Couture honored by Wrestling Hall of Fame

Lynnwood High School graduate Randy Couture was honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, as he was named the organization’s Outstanding American for 2018. The award is given to those who used wrestling to launch notable careers after concluding their wrestling careers. Couture, who was a standout wrestler at the international level, went on to success in mixed martial arts and has since embarked on an acting career.

Ford wins NWAC award

Everett community college’s Jakobe Ford shared the Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year award. Ford, a freshman from Spokane, swept the long jump, high jump and the triple jump at the NWAC Track and Field Championships, becoming the first athlete ever to sweep all three jumping events. He shared the award with Olympic’s Colton Paller, who placed first in three throwing events.

3 EdCC baseball players named All-Americans

A trio of Edmonds Community College baseball players were named Pacific Association Division All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Pitcher Elliot Carney, a sophomore from Sammamish, was named to the first team; outfielder Guthrie Morrison, a sophomore from Seattle, was named to the second team; and pitcher Will Smith, a freshman from Shoreline and a former Shorewood High School standout, was named to the third team.

ERA boat takes 11th at nationals

The Everett Rowing Association men’s youth 8-plus boat finished 11th at the USRowing Youth National Championships over the weekend in Cordova, California. Everett was 14th out of 23 boats in the time trial, won its repechage heat to advance to the semifinals, finished sixth in its semifinal, then took fifth in the B final. The team was comprised of Noah Langstraat, Andrew McCartney, Tyler Nordby, Stephen Bjorkquist, Ian Willows, Sam Jones, Parker Bumstead, Ethan Senn and Dustin Mara (cox).

38 entered for Summer Showdown

A total of 38 cars have been entered for Summer Showdown, the premier race at Evergreen Speedway. Super late model drivers from across the country will be competing for the $25,000 first prize. Three former winners — Jay Sauls (2013), Tayler Riddle (2016) and Preston Peltier (2017) — are among the entrants. The race takes place June 29-30, with qualifying on the first day and the 200-lap main event the second day.

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