West Valley High School runners past and present posted the top times Thursday night in the Jim Loftus Mile on the West Valley track.
Tony Tomsich, a former West Valley standout who earlier this year qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, finished in 4 minutes, 42.3 seconds Thursday.
Tomsich, a former Western Washington University runner who also was an assistant track and field coach at the University of Alaska Anchorage, paced a quartet of participants who finished the Loftus Mile in less than five minutes.
Daniel Abramowicz was runner-up in 4:46.8, Alex Olson took third in 4:53.9 and Sam Delamere was fourth in 4:56.1.
Andrew Bishop took fifth in 5:00.53, while John Huffer came in sixth in 5:03.2.
Jack Kendall finished in 5:04.0 for seventh place and Ezra Bailey placed eighth in 5:29.2. Erik Schoen finished ninth in 5:30.5 and Jacob Parker clocked 5:30.5 for 10th place among the 61 men in the Jim Loftus Mile.
Tomsich qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials by placing second overall in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 49 seconds in the Eugene (Oregon) Marathon in April.
The Olympic Marathon Trials are scheduled for Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. The Summer Olympics take place from July 24 to Aug. 9, 2020, in Tokyo.
Naomi Bailey, who’s entering her junior year at West Valley, finished in 5:17.5 to lead the 60 women who participated in the Loftus Mile.
Melanie Nussbaumer was the women’s runner-up in 5:36.3 and Gloria Bailey came in third in 5:48.2. Megan Binkley took fourth in 6:01.9 nad Chris Carr ended the race in 6:16.9 for fifth place.
Davya Flaharty posted a sixth-place mile of 6:22.8 and Anna Bailey was seventh in 6:26.0.
Abigail Jenkins placed eighth (6:36.0), Beth Zirbes was ninth (6:38.1) and Anna Merrill finished in 6:45.5 to round out the women’s top 10.
Complete results of the Loftus Mile are scheduled to be published Saturday on the Scoreboard on Page B2.
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