Hazen’s Graham Manson takes second at 5K

April 30, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Contributed Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

Newcastle runner Graham Manson posted a career finish at the Mercer Island 5K on March 22.

Manson, a 16-year-old Hazen High School junior, earned second place overall. He outran 833 competitors and was first in his age group, finishing the race in 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

“The Mercer Island 5K was pretty great,” he said. “It’s a really nice course — good hills, and Mercer Island is a scenic place to run. Second place is the best I’ve ever placed in a recreational race, so I’m really happy with how it went.”

He brought that momentum into the high-school track season as well, steadily improving in each meet he’s participated in, while running the 3,200-meter for the Highlanders.

His best time of the season came at the Mount Si Invitational on April 25, when he earned seventh place in the 3,200 with a time of 10:17.96, according to results from www.athletic.net.

Just days earlier, he ran his best league meet of the season, earning second place in the 3,200 against Evergreen, Renton and Tyee high schools.

“The April 23rd meet has been my best so far,” he said. “I didn’t PR, but I experimented with a different stride, and it worked out really well. I ran negative splits for the first time.”

This year’s Hazen track and field team is looking promising and has a great chance of winning the Renton all-city meet set for May 8, Manson said.

He gave kudos to one of the Highlanders’ senior leaders Parker Trewet, affectionately known as “Earthquake,” to the team. Trewet is mainly known for his prowess in the field events, and on the gridiron in the fall, but he’s had his moments on the track, Manson said.

“When he runs the 100, 200 or 400, the earth shakes beneath him. It is truly a gorgeous sight,” Manson joked.

Manson, who also runs cross-country, makes extensive use of his Newcastle surroundings to train for races. During the summer, the Hazen cross-country team runs from the Red Town Trailhead to Lake Boren for conditioning, he said.

“What I love about running is simply the act of running,” he said. “It’s a way to get away from all the stress of high school, but most importantly it just gives me joy to go for a run.

“It may be weird to say that I enjoy putting my body through pain and suffering for an hour a day, but I genuinely love it.”

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