Narrows distance race brings out best

Staff writerMay 12, 2013 

PORT ORCHARD — Olympia’s Sofia Kane entered the girls 3,200 meters Saturday at the Narrows League track and field championships with the state’s fifth-best 4A time at 11 minutes, 2.49 seconds.

She improved her time by almost 10 seconds, finishing in 10:53.05.

Kane would have had the top 4A time in the state — if Central Kitsap’s Rose Christen hadn’t run the race of her life, that is.

Kane and Christen ran mostly even throughout, well ahead of the rest of the pack, before Christen took off just before the final turn and pulled away to win in 10:40.93.

She finished and headed straight for the infield grass, dropped to her hands and knees, and turned onto her side — almost in a fetal position — and then to her back, arms sprawled on the grass as she gasped for breath.

She beat her third-place 4A mark by almost 17 seconds, catapulting her to No. 1 in the classification.

“I was thinking, ‘This is going to be it,’ ” Christen said of her burst to the finish. “I was telling myself, ‘Don’t give up.’ Then I hit the last 200, and I was thinking, ‘This is actually going to happen.’ I was in disbelief. It was awesome.”

Gig Harbor won the boys and girls 4A team titles, and Wilson swept the 3A titles.

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