The Mid-Columbia Athletes of the Week for November 9, 2010.
Nick Lumetta, Junior, Tri-Cities Prep
Standing in line waiting to receive his ribbon for finishing in the top 10 of the Class B state cross country race Saturday, Lumetta saw something on an official’s clipboard that made him do a double take.
“I saw we were at the top of the list,” said Lumetta of how he found out his team had won the state title. “I looked a couple more times to make sure it was actually us and I was just really happy.”
Lumetta figured his team was in contention in the team race, but didn’t expect to take home the title.
“We knew we had a chance,” he said. “We didn’t expect to win, but figured we’d try our hardest.”
A tight pack of runners did the trick and Lumetta led the way for the Jaguars.
Favorite food: Spaghetti.
Favorite non-sport activity: Playing piano.
Favorite athlete: Steve Prefontaine.
Most like to meet: U.S. Olympic distance runner Bernard Lagat.
Last book read (not for school): Patriot Games by Tom Clancy.
Favorite class: Math.
Career plans: Engineering or something in a math-related field.
Michelle Fletcher, Sophomore, Kamiakin
Kamiakin head girls cross country coach Shaun Suss should be very pleased with the distance coach at Desert Hills Middle School.
In 7th grade, Fletcher tried out for the track and field team and her distance coach told her she should try cross country.
“I’d never heard of it before,” Fletcher said. “I thought it was distance running on a track.”
The rest is history, as Fletcher joined the cross country program in 8th grade and finished seventh at the Class 3A state meet Saturday, leading the Braves to a fourth-place team showing.
“It wasn’t completely unexpected,” said Fletcher of her top-10 showing. “Rather, it was a really hard goal to reach, but one I was capable of doing.”
Favorite food: Nachos.
Favorite athlete: Mary Lou Retton.
Favorite class: English.
Pregame ritual: Quadruple knotting her shoelaces and getting into the zone.
Last book read (not for school): Harry Potter.
Career plans: Journalism.
Best song on her iPod: Rain is a Good Thing by Luke Bryan.
Also nominated: Senior running back Zach Simpkins, Liberty Christian. Simpkins rushed for 341 yards on 25 carries and had three touchdowns. He also had seven tackes on defense.
Nominations should be sent to email@example.com and must be received by noon on Sunday.