Portland Area Action 10-17

        Paige Rice and her St. Mary’s Academy team mates showed they are well prepared for District by claiming solid victories at Portland’s Westmorland Park.  Rice was an easy victor with a fine mark of 17:48 and was followed by Ellen Patterson, who also runs for SMA.   Kennedy Allen of David Douglas earned third with 18:44 and lacy Conner, also from SMA, placed 4th with 18:47.  Gresham finished second in the girls’ team race with 50 points & was led by the 5th place effort of Kennedy Martin, who was timed in 19:26.   David Douglas edged Gresham 28 – 29 in the boys’ team race but Kylan Carlson of DD led the guys with 17:54.

     Canby dominated both the boys’ & girls’ dual with Centennial, which was held at Molalla River State Park.   Taylor Hybl of Centennial rebounded from an off day at Concordia with a win in 16:58.  Brendan Seehaver of Canby garnered 2nd in 16:59 and then Morgan Webber led a Canby sweep of the next three places to win easily.  Webber’s time was 17:33 and he was followed by Ethan Patterson, Cameron Huffman & Josh Dempsey.  The girls’ victory was even more dominant as Brenna Wolf (21:51) led a Canby sweep of the top seven finishers.  Following in her wake, yet ahead of Centennial’s challengers were Hannah Stobie, Sarah Gent, Krissy Peterson & Rachel Zehnder.

       Benson, Madison & Franklin ran at Clinton Park and Franklin won easily despite not running some runners.  Christopher Black topped the guys for Franklin with 16:50 & was followed by Dane Hilts & Sam Burnett.   Sarah Phan won the girls’ race with 24:53 and her team mate Casey Nicholl took second.

          Cleveland and in theory Roosevelt ran at Wilson with the Cleveland guys sweeping the top six places.  Leading the charge were Adrian (16:42) & Chris (16:49) Hinkle.  Emma Wren topped the girls’ for Cleveland with 21:40 & her team mate Ellie Forrest took second.

        Lincoln hosted Sunset & Beaverton and fans saw Dan Oekerman of Beaverton dominate with 15:47.  Lincoln’s Tanner Smith (16:41) & Nico Banks (17:03) claimed 2nd & 3rd but Beaverton won with a low of 37 to 40 for Lincoln & 45 for Sunset.  The Sunset girls’ had little trouble in their team race posting a low of 23 while Lincoln & Beaverton followed with 32 & 44.  Charlotte Corless (19:12) & Nicolle Griffiths (19:15) of Sunset went 1 -2, as Tess Michaelson was a close third with 19:17, although it should be noted that Beaverton’s Erin Gregoire, who would have made things more interesting, did not run. 

       Sam Remington of Jesuit won on his home course in 15:49 & Josh Sealand followed in 15:54, as the Crusaders swept Aloha & Westview.   Alex Joseph placed third & was followed into the chute by Hunter McGuirk & Matt Piercy.    The Jesuit gals. who were led by Ellie Kallgren ‘s 18:21, had more of a challenge yet still came away with a victory by topping Aloha 20 – 43.   Taylor Moscow of the Crusaders placed 2nd in 18:54 but then Sarah Medved of Westview earned 3rd with 18:56.  Dylan Hite added a 4th place finish for Jesuit with 18:48 & Desyre Blackburn led Aloha in 18:59.   Rachel Niesen was the top Southridge runner with her time of 19:20.

     Century hosted Tigard, Tualatin and Westside Christian but Matt Lovos of Tualatin got the boys’ individual win with 16:53.  Rich Fettig of Westside Christian was close behind with 16:56, while Devin Roche of Tigard claimed 3rd in 17:10.  Tyler Snyder (17:15) & Rich Allred (17:17) were the next two runners for Tualatin, which defeated Tigard 23 – 32 & Century 17 to 41.  Elizabeth Dean was the swiftest of the girls with 20:42 for Tigard, while Hannaly Duff-McGaughey placed 2nd for Tigard with 21:15.   Kayla Moore led Tualatin with 21:15 and Christine Ho followed with 21:33.   Katherine Harbolt secured fifth for Tigard with 21:46 and then Westside Christian runners Sarah Curtis & Lisa Jauch took the next two places with times of 21:51 & 22:09 respectively.

       The district races will be at various places and dates next week.   The State Meet will follow on Saturday November 3 with all the too many divisions being run at lane Community College.   Good luck to everyone as the season winds down, although we hope to see the better harriers compete at Foot Locker West & try for a berth at the prep Mecca in San Diego’s Balboa Park.