Lake Washington High senior Claire Cocales has accepted an offer to run track and cross country at Santa Clara University next year, according to the Kirkland school.
Cocales finished 18th in her fourth straight 3A state cross country meet last fall in a personal-record 18 minutes, 37 seconds, nearly a minute faster than her district performance and 33 seconds faster than her previous PR set in 2016.
She set a new girls’ school record, knocking off the former speediest mark by 15 seconds.
“Because it was my last race, I really just wanted to give everything I had, try to get over any nerves I had,” Cocales said in a previous Reporter story.
Currently on the track scene, she leads 3A KingCo in the 3,200 run (11:37.99) and is among the top runners in the 800 and 1,600.