Gig Harbor’s Wolfgang Beck won the prestigious 5,000-meter Jim Danner championship at the Nike pre-nationals cross country race on Saturday in Portland.
Beck, a junior, posted a time of 15:16.8 and finished 12 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Beck placed fifth in the state meet last year as a sophomore and should be in contention for the state title this year.
I also asked Beck’s mom, Mimmi, how Wolfgang got his name and her answer opened an interesting window into Beck’s life outside of the running world.
“Here’s my answer,” she typed in an email. “He’s musical.”
Mimmi Beck said Wolfgang has composed for the Seattle Symphony; he was selected to write a piece for the Young Composers Workshop as a ninth-grader.
He also founded and directs a jazz group called the Arletta Sound, which consists of as many as 20 members, including from his own family, and performs across the area. He writes music for that group as well.
“Here’s the real question,” Mimmi Beck clarified. “How did we (mom and dad) KNOW he’d be musical? Sorry no answer for that one!”
The Roosevelt girls team finished second while the Puyallup boys finished fourth in the Division I race. In the Division 2 race, Shorewood boys finished third and the Juanita boys finished sixth. Meanwhile, the Bainbridge girls finished seventh, Kentridge came in eighth and Franklin in ninth. Peninsulsa boys won the Division 3 race.
In the Danner division, Gig Harbor boys finished seventh and Redmond took ninth.
For the all the results – and to see where other area runners placed – click here for the results from the meet.