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Metro kicks off three-week sprint to district, state

Jesuit's boys go 3-0 in the league opener at Sunset High School
by: Miles Vance OUT IN FRONT – Jesuit’s David Leavy (center) and Hunter McGuirk ran to a 1-2 finish in the Metro League meet at Sunset High School on Oct. 5.

CEDAR MILL - The Metro League finally got down to business last week.

The Metro's boys cross country teams, after a month of big-time preliminary meets, kicked off the league season on Oct. 25 with a four-team event at Sunset High School. And Jesuit, the defending league champ and Metro favorite, made the most of its opportunity, beating all three of its opponents in impressive fashion.

The Crusaders took out Sunset 17-46, beat Aloha 15-50, and knocked off Westview 16-47 to grab the early lead in the 2011 Metro race at 3-0. In the day's other match-ups, Sunset beat Aloha 26-29 and Westview 27-28 to go 2-1, while Aloha also edged the Wildcats 27-28.

'I feel awesome. It's finally here,' said Jesuit senior David Leavy, the day's overall winner in the 5-kilometer race at 16 minutes, 23 seconds. 'We put in a lot of miles over the summer and we're working really hard. It's good to be out here racing.'

Jesuit made sure its day was awesome too, going 1-2-3 at the top of the overall results and placing all of its top five runners among the meet's top seven. Following Leavy's win, junior teammate Hunter McGuirk raced to second place at 16:24, followed by Sam Remington (third at 16:25), Brian McDavitt (fifth at 16:37) and Matt Piercy (seventh at 16:47).

'We talked about going out and running the first 2½ miles together and from there, just opening it up and seeing what happened,' McGuirk said. 'We had a pretty good pack. I think we could still do a little better at staying together, but overall, it was a good race.'

The Apollos had their moments too, with senior Nathan Brown racing to fourth place overall at 16:26, and Mark Sussman 10th at 16:56.

'That didn't go the way I wanted it to go,' Brown said. 'I was just trying to stick with (Jesuit's leaders) but they're really tough. I wanted to be top three.'

After those two, Sunset's Colin Petitt placed 14th at 17:23, followed by Brian Opp (19th at 17:35) and Christopher Chu (22nd at 17:48).

For Aloha, which went 1-2 on the day, sophomore Devin Sellers led the way with an 11th-place finish at 17:11, while its other four varsity scorers also placed in the top 20. Brennen Hewitt was 12th at 17:13, Joel Kramer took 16th in 17:24, Bae Garmondeh was close behind in 17th at 17:29, and Cameron Atherton placed 20th at 17:44.

Westview, meanwhile, dropped to 0-3, but saw senior Sam Curl step up to finish sixth overall at 16:41 in the talented field. The rest of the Cats' top-five varsity finishers included Alec Smith (13th at 17:13), Taran Hughes (15th at 17:24), Jake Schmerber (18th at 17:29), and Matt Kingzett (21st at 17:46).

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