Sept. 17, 2012
The Eagle Cross-Country and Track teams are excited to announce that Emmanuel Contreras, a 2009 graduate of A.C. Davis High School in Yakima, WA, has joined the Trinity distance running family. Contreras becomes the first addition to the men’s squad by Coach Koenigs since his taking the reins of the program this August.
Contreras comes to Trinity after beginning his collegiate running career at Everett Community College (EcCC) where he was a standout for the Trojan programs. During his freshmen Cross-Country season at Everett, Contreras posted the 6th fastest 8-kilometer performance ever recorded at EvCC with his time of 25:12.5 at the Sundoger Invitational. Contreras was also the individual champion that season at both the Northern Region Cross-Country Championship and at the Clark College Invitational.
On the track as a freshman for Everett, Emmanuel continued to shine. That season he broke the school’s 34-year old record in the 800m posting an impressive 1:52.99 at the Ken Shannon Invitational. His 4:12.25 in the mile that year just missed bettering a 47-year old record set by Eugene Cummings whose 4:11.80 in 1963 was at the time a National Junior College record. Contreras earned All-American honors that season in the 1500m when he finished 2nd at the NWAACC Championship – his best time in the event an impressive 3:57.62.
As a prep athlete at A.C. Davis High School, Contreras was among the State of Washington’s best distance runners during his senior year. At the 2008 WIAA State Cross-Country Championship he finished 7th overall covering the 5-kilometer course in an impressive 15:45. On the track that year, Contreras posted times of 1:56.68 for 800m and 4:13.46 for 1600m. He was the Columbia Basin-Big 9 4A District Champion in both the 800m and 1600m races. In the WIAA 4A State 1600m final, Contreras provided one of the highlights of the meet when he covered the last 400m in a jaw-dropping 57.4 seconds – a move that saw him advance all the way from 10th to 2nd place over the final 500m.
When asked about joining the Trinity family, Contreras explained “I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be here at Trinity. When I heard that Coach Koenigs was here I knew this is where I had to be. He’s a D1 caliber coach at a private college and with him here this is going to be a special place to be a distance runner.”
Koenigs had this to say about Emmanuel, “He is a phenomenal person and athlete who will immediately help to legitimize the program we are working to build here at Trinity.” Although he is already on campus this fall taking classes, because of his late addition to the squad the Eagles will redshirt Contreras this season.