Lindbergh boys win their first state XC championship, girls take 6th

Congratulations to the Lindbergh boys team on winning the 2A state championship today at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco. The boys beat out Sehome by ONE point!  The win was definitely a team effort and can be attributed to the tight pack and five runners under 17 minutes. The spread between our 1st and 7th runner was only :41. Sehome had two in the top ten and three in the top thirty, which is tough to beat and every single place mattered. Their spread between 1 and 7 was 1:16.

Though everyone contributed to this win, the huge race by Travis Downen (16:25–a :10 PR) was very important. Nathan Haley ran his best race of the season (16:37) as well. The return of Mohamud Abdi after missing the past two weeks due to back problems was crucial as well. If the score had been a tie between us and Sehome, we still would have won on the strength of our #6 runner, Ben Platt, who was ahead of Sehome’s #6. Mark and Luke Garcia continued to be rock solid in our #1 and #2 spots. Omelyan Strembitskyy ran his second fastest time ever.

Sarah Reiter led the girls team with her 6th place in the girls race with a time of 18:36 (her fastest of the season).  Anna Patti also made the award stand with her 12th place and time of 19:08 (also a season best). Thuong Nguyen finished her year with a PR (:15), as did Cindy Huynh.

The girls beat two teams at state who beat us at districts: Kingston and North Kitsap.

This was a great way to finish a wonderful season for everyone involved.

Full boys results

Full girls results

RentonPatch: Lindbergh’s Reiter Captures 6th at State XC

RentonPatch: Lindbergh Boys Capture 2A XC title

SeattleTimes state meet wrap up

Pre-Season Poll by the Coaches Association

Boys 2A
1. Lindbergh
2. Sehome
3. Cedarcrest
4. Squalicum
5. Ellensburg
6. Deer Park
7. Selah
8. Mark Morris
9. White River
10. Bellingham

Girls 2A
3North Kitsap

2010 Lindbergh Runners Re-Write the Record Books

Our top six girls and top six boys are now in the top 32 on the Lindbergh All-Time list.  Here are the top six places:


Sarah Reiter 1, Anna Patti 3, Jasmine Fallgreen 6, Ariel Hodges 22, Mercedes Tischer 28, Liz Hansen 32


Luke Garcia 13, Mark Garcia 14, Nate Tandecki 18, Nathan Haley 19, Mohamud Abdi 20, Alex Nelson 32

Boys 2nd At State!

The boys team capped off a great season by finishing 2nd at state, just 11 points out of first.  This is the best state meet finish for a Lindbergh team (the previous best was 4th).  Two of the boys, Luke Garcia and Mark Garcia, made it on the awards stand by placing 14th and 16th.  Each ran a PR on a challenging state meet course.  This team has consistently run well all season long, and they had the most impressive pack of any team at the state meet.  The spread between our first and seventh runners was only :32.  Our #5 runner (Mohamud Abdi) was faster than any other team’s #5, as was our #6 (Alex Nelson), and our #7 (Travis Downen).

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Seamount League Champs X 3

The Girls varsity, the boys varsity, and the boys JV each finished an undefeated season in the Seamount league today.  The team scores were:

Girls:  Lindbergh  29, Renton 53, Hazen 74, Kennedy 100, Highline 124, Foster 126

Boys Varsity:  Lindbergh 15, Hazen 57, Renton 61, Tyee 130, Highline 132, Kennedy 179, Foster 192, Evergreen 228

Boys JV:  Lindbergh 20, Hazen 59, Renton 88, Foster 92, Kennedy 146

The Boys varsity runners took the top 5 places for a perfect score of 15 points.  This is the first time in Seamount League history that a team has finished in the top 5 spots.  Mark Garcia was the overall Seamount league champion.  Finishing in the top 10 and earning 1st Team All-League honors were Mark Garcia, Luke Garcia, Mohamud Abdi, Nate Tandecki, Nathan Haley, and Alex Nelson.

In the girls race, Sarah Reiter was the league champion.  The girls who earned 1st-team all-league honors were Sarah Reiter, Jasmine Fallgreen, Anna Patti, and Liz Hansen.

Complete results will be posted at:

Lindbergh’s Best State Finish Ever!

Our boys and girls both finished in 6th place at the state meet yesterday.  This is the best combined result in the history of the school–Lindbergh has never had two teams place in the top 10 in the same year.  The previous best finish for the Lindbergh girls was 10th, meaning that this is clearly the best girls team ever.  Only one boys team has placed higher than 6th (last year's team, which was 4th). 

The girls were only 8 points away from 5th place, and the boys were 15 points away from 3rd.

Only 3 girls teams ever from the Seamount League have placed higher than we did this year:  1978 Renton 3rd, 1979 Kennedy 3rd, 1981 Renton 5th.

No other team in the state this year had both their boys and girls teams place in the top 6 at state.

Two of our individual runners made the podium this year:  Sarah Reiter was 14th and Trevor Thompson was 12th.

Most importantly, our team had tons of fun this weekend and enjoyed a team experience that I am sure we will all remember for a long time to come.

For complete state meet results go to:


Seamount League Champions

Today we swept the Seamount League Championship meet.  Our girls varsity probably had the best race of the day.  Even though we didn't run Jasmine in order to rest her shin, we still won easily.  The girls all ran great.  Everyone else ran well also, and we easily won each of the races.  The complete results will be posted on

Here are the team scores:

Girls Varsity:  Lindbergh 27, Hazen 67, Renton 90, Mt. Rainier 95, Kennedy 106, Highline 111

Boys Varsity:  Lindbergh 28, Hazen 72, Kennedy 100, Mt. Rainier 103, Foster 104, Renton 111, Highline 214, Evergreen 238

Boys JV: Lindbergh 20, Hazen 41, MR 81 Renton 103, Kennedy 153, Foster 164

Click below for our times.


4th at State

The Lindbergh boys team finished a best-ever 4th at the state meet in Pasco this weekend in a race that was perhaps the most competitive in the past 20 years.  North Central, the first place team with 24 points, is the #1 ranked team in the United States.  Seattle Prep, the second place team, would have easily been the state champions any other year with the times they ran.  The top 14 individuals all ran times that were faster than last year's state champion.  And the 3A race was more competitive than the 4A race for the first time that I can remember.   Considering all of these factors, finishing fourth place is especially impressive.  We didn't run the best race of the year (if we did, we could have been 3rd), but we ran well enough to bring home a trophy for the first time in the history of Lindbergh cross country. 

Matt Miland finished in 10th place, ran a PR, and qualified for the Nike Border Clash race in two weeks.  Thanh Nguyen ran the race of the day, running 17:07–a huge PR–and out-kicking several runners in the final 200 meters.

After a fabulous season, Sarah Reiter unfortunately had a disappointing state meet.  After going out in a perfect position the first mile (in 15th place and looking good), she pulled her calf muscle and had to limp through the final two miles. 

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West Central District Champs!

The Lindbergh boys dominated the West Central District meet today, finishing first with a score of 49 points.  Second place North Kitsap had 86 points.  We placed three runners in the top 10, and 4 in the top 15.

Our girls ran a great race today as well, just missing qualifying for the state meet.  All seven girls ran PRs to wrap up their seasons.  Sarah Reiter finished 9th and qualified for state individually.

Click below for complete results and places.  Complete results will be posted on


Seamount League Triple Crown

Today Lindbergh completed the Cross Country Triple Crown, becoming league champions with all three teams:  Girls, Varsity Boys, and JV Boys.  This is the first season we have won all three titles in the same year!  In addition to the team titles, Sarah Rieter became the Seamount League individual champion, winning by 45 seconds.  Also, if our JV boys were allowed to compete in the varsity race, they would have finished 4th place.  This means that they would have qualified for the West Central District meet as a varsity team.  Additionally, our top 3 JV runners (CJ Timm, Alex Nelsen, and Brett Love) all would have qualified individually to compete in the district varsity race.  (James Cornell is getting over a calf injury, so he ran a tempo run in the JV race as a workout–he will be running  varsity at Districts, however).

Girls Team Scores:  Lindbergh  42, Hazen  57,  Renton  73,  Mt. Rainier  73,  Highline  100,  Kennedy  146

Boys Varsity Team Score:  Lindbergh  23,  Hazen  64,  Mt. Rainier  67,  Lindbergh JV Team 110, Foster  127,  Kennedy  136,  Renton  143,  Highline  157

JV Boys:  Lindbergh  18,  Hazen  41,  Mt. Rainier  110,  Foster  123,  Renton  139,  Kennedy  145,  Highline,  161

JV Girls:  Hazen  16,  Mt. Rainer  69,  Lindbergh  71,  Kennedy  86

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