GOOD LUCK! West Seattle cross-country trio off to national championships

Meet Boden, William, and Whit. They are part of the only Seattle Parks cross-country team in the city, based at High Point Community Center, and they are off to the national championships in Albuquerque! The photos and info are courtesy of their coach, Eric Linxweiler, who explains:

We started training in September at Lincoln Park, and have competed in races all across Western Washington. We have one particularly special set of runners, our 7- and 8-year-old boys. The team took second or third in all their races, including the Western Washington region of USA Track and Field’s Junior Olympics championships. That bought them a ticket to a Regional meet held on 11/21 in Pasco, including runners from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. There, they placed 5th in their age group, getting them a ticket to the National Championship on December 12th in Albuquerque.

We have three boys who will be representing our team going. Whit, Boden, and William. All three are students at Schmitz Park Elementary, and are really excited to be a part of this team, representing all of West Seattle at the national championship. Their race, as all have been, are 2,000m (about 1.2 miles).

They’ve been continuing their training, right on up to this week’s travel to Albuquerque.

9 Replies to "GOOD LUCK! West Seattle cross-country trio off to national championships"

  • Keri December 8, 2015 (9:56 pm)

    Good luck guys! A great group of kids with a great coach behind them.

  • Jeanie December 9, 2015 (1:49 am)

    Congrats and good luck at the National Championship – you guys are awesome!

  • Maggie December 9, 2015 (4:04 am)

    Good luck and have fun!

  • Aly December 9, 2015 (4:12 am)

    Best of luck in Albuquerque, Boden, William, and Whit. Do your best and have a great time. Thank you coach for making this once in a lifetime trip a possible.

  • William's mom December 9, 2015 (6:06 am)

    We are so proud of these boys! I am so grateful to Coach Eric, he is wonderful with the children. I highly recommend the cross country & track program through High Point. Johnnie & Eric (and many more) work hard to make this a great program for our kids. It is inexpensive, fun, and a fantastic experience for the children!! Thanks for taking care or our boys Coach!

  • Alice December 9, 2015 (8:42 am)

    So proud to have these boys representing Seattle and the Northwest. Enjoy running in the sun, for a change!

  • Boden's Mom December 9, 2015 (9:20 am)

    These boys have worked hard, and shown a lot of heart. Coach Eric Linxweiler is an enormous part of their success. Thanks to Coach Eric for his passion, encouragement and commitment.

  • jhammerstad December 9, 2015 (9:21 am)

    WOW! Boden – Way to go! Good luck this weekend. Grampa and I can hardly wait to see you at Christmas and hear all about your race. Have a great time. Lots of Love, Grama

  • Margaret Frederick December 9, 2015 (3:38 pm)

    Best of Luck to all three boys. We will be there to cheer you all to a successful finish.

  • Bev Gilstad December 9, 2015 (11:37 pm)

    Congratulations boys! What an awesome honor and we will be cheering for you Whit!!! The Gilstads and Mack!

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