The future is now for the Foster boys cross country team.
Freshmen Yohannes Beyene and Alvin Zemo have Foster coach Bill Napier excited about his team’s potential.
“They’re really strong,” Napier said. “They were excellent middle school racers, and as hard as they worked with me all summer, they’re going to be good this year.”
Beyene won the freshman race at the Seamount Class Meet Sept. 8 by running a time of 12 minutes, 9 seconds. Zemo finished in second place, one second later. Only five runners finished below 12 minutes in the race.
Beyene and Zemo are two of the Bulldogs’ top four group that will lead the team. The other top racers are senior Bello Donja, who placed 12th in the senior race at the class meet, and Aven Zemo (Alvin’s older brother), who finished seventh in the junior race. Aven Zemo had Foster’s best overall time at the race, at 11:38.
Other key runners include senior Will Wilburn and sophomore Connor Forsyth.
“We have a good crew that runs really tight at the top,” Napier said. “Then a little gap, then it’s another four. We have a lot of kids that can fill in those varsity spots.”
Junio Yohana Salzano leads the girls team and is Foster’s only returning state runner. Salzano finished 11th at the 2A state meet last year. Salzano’s best time of the season was 18:55.7 at the Concordia Puma Classic Oct. 16. She joins Lindbergh’s Sarah Reiter among the top girls runners in the Seamount.
Junior Michelle Banos placed fifth in the junior race at the class meet with a time of 15:55.
“She continues to get better all the time,” Napier said of Banos.
Banos ran around 25:00 the first few races last season before dropping down to 21:54.2 at the district meet. Sophomore Hannah Schenck and senior Rebecca Covarrubia are also back from last year’s district team.
Newcomers to watch are freshmen Alejandra Gonzalez and Olivia Williams.
Foster takes on Hazen, Kennedy Catholic and Evergreen Sept. 22. The postseason starts Oct. 22 with the 2A sub-district meet at Ft. Steilicoom Park.
Freshman Foster runners Yohannes Beyene (right) and Alvin Zemo run at the Seamount League Class Meet Sept. 8. Beyene and Zemo took first and second in the freshman race. Adam McFadden/Renton Reporter