There is no problem determining where to start coverage of last week’s cross country action, because the Concordia Adidas Classic was the place to be on Saturday. There was a wealth of running talent on hand with representatives from Alaska, Washington and California added to the Oregon mix. Leading the way at Concordia was Sara Tsai of South Eugene, who broke the record of Leah Francis of Juneau-Douglas, which was set in 2006. Not far behind Tsai were Erin Clark of South Eugene & Megan Fristoe of Summit, who ran 17:43 & 17:44 respectively, as both ran the number three & four times in the history of the course & now rank ahead of Sheldon’s Casey Masterson, who ran17:48 that year. The year 2006 is also seared into my mind as the year that Alyssa O’Connor of Summit appeared well on her way to breaking the eighteen minute barrier before going down near the finish line with a hip injury. Happily Alyssa is now running well for Cornell University back East, but Saturday’s race offered a trip down memory lane on top of great running.
Not far behind Erin & Megan were three freshmen, who appear ready to go under the magic barrier as well. Gracie Todd of Sheldon (18:08), Piper McDonald of Summit (18:10) & Alexis Fuller of Union (18:12) placed fourth through sixth and in so doing more than made a suggestion, that they too will be a major factor in races in both Oregon & Washington. Kelly O’Neill of Lakeridge ran a fine race earning seventh in 18:13.
Megan Edic by Angela Collins
Alaskan runners have a tradition of doing well at Concordia, as Crystal Pitney, Shoshanna Keegan, Jamie Bethea & Molly Callahan have followed in Francis’ path and Saturday was no different. Current Alaskan champion Megan Edic of Lathrop led the way with an 8th place finish, while Jenette Northey of Service, who was third here last year, garnered 12th this year In a fine 18:32. Peggy Mathes of Wasilla led the race in the early going yet still was able to come home in 15th. Brooke Lizotte of Lathrop (16th) & Audrey Michaelson of Colony (20th) both were in the top twenty, while Mariah Burroughs of Wasilla & her team mate Jenna Ford did not miss by much. Wasilla, of course, made noise in the team race with its fourth place effort.
Not to be overlooked were the top eleven finishes for Oregon runners Claire DeVoe (9th- 18:27), Morgan Anderson of Silverton (10th – 18:29) & Ashley Maton of Summit (11th – 18:32). Sara Fristoe & Kira Kelly of Summit added 19th & 22nd place finishes for Summit to contribute to the team’s impressive victory over a strong South Eugene team displaying why they must be considered one of the top teams in the northwest if not the nation.
Travis Neuman by Angela Collins
Travis Neuman conquered the Fernhill course, as well as the competition by cruising in with a 15:16 clocking and his third straight invitational triumph. In his wake were Zorg Loustalet, the defending Oregon 4A champion with 15:36, Eric Aldrett, also from Summit (15:37) plus Jackson Baker of Franklin & Ryan Byrd of St. St. Helens, who were both credited with 15:38. Sean Eustis of Washougal led the Washington contingent with his sixth place effort of 15:40, as he edged Mazama’s Paul Adams, who was credited with the same time. Matt Campbell of Siuslaw (15:42), Eduardo Juarez of Hermiston (15:45), Mitchell Butler of Siuslaw (15:45) & Jonathan Cornish of North Valley (15:46) rounded out the top eleven.
Akiharu Kitagawa of Wilsonville placed 12th with 15:47 & Isaac Stinchfield of Washougal was the second Washingtonian due to his 13th place mark of 15:50. South Eugene’s Jack Wilson & Brian Einstad took 14th & 15th to lead the Axemen to a second place team finish of 146 points – just five behind Summit. Aaron Roe of Henry Jackson is only a freshman, yet he finished in 16th place among the older guys. Max Romey of Service led Alaska’s guys with his 19th place clocking and 19th place. Not far behind was Andrey Ionashku of Delta Junction, who placed 23rd. Peter Noon of West Valley(33rd) & Cole Christiansen of Kodiak (37th) also represented Alaska but had off days, while Alaskan State champion, I believe, was one of the runners, who fell down prior to the hill & had trouble recovering.
In other races Erik Garcia of McFarland in California ran 15:43 to win the boys’ invitational race topping Colby Gilbert, who ran a fine 15:51. Brett Willyard of Seaside placed third. Kelsey Hilsenteger of Putnam was victorious in the girls’ varsity race. Her time of 18:51 saw her finish seven seconds ahead of Marykate McGuire of Dallas. Sarah Bennion of St. Mary’s (Medford) finished third with 19:16 edging Taryn Rawlings of Wilsonville with both credited with 19:16 and Sabrina Sears of Evergreen placed fifth in 19:21 to be the first finisher in the race for Washington. Right behind was Abby Knight of Heritage, who took sixth. Both the gals & guys from McFarland triumphed in the team races.
With their Home-coming dance the night before Concordia, Central Catholic decided to concentrate on the Mt. Hood/Three Rivers league Cross-Over held at Molalla River State Park in Canby. That unleashed their leader Kyle Thompson, who without even knowing it, approached the all-time record on the course of Eric Logsdon of 15:42. He may have come up a bit short but in spite of running by himself, Eric made it interesting and zipped home alone in a time of 15:51 and won by almost a minute. To give fans an insight into the time it is worthy of noting only one other runner, Mark Webber of Canby in 1986, has ever broken sixteen minutes on the challenging course, which is home to the Canby Invitational.
Barlow’s Jackson Haselnus ran 16:44 to take second ahead of his team mate Auston Burns by four seconds. Andrew Green & Sam Lomax of the Rams took 4th & 5th as Central Catholic topped Barlow 25 to 33 for the team title. The Barlow girls defeated Canby 39 to 50, while Lakeridge earned third with 60 points. Lakeridge ‘s Lia Newman & Kelly O’ Neill secured the first two places with times of 20:52 and Barlow’s Mandie Maddux took third with 21:16. Canby’s Krissy Peterson led her team with her fourth place time of 21:21 and was followed in fifth by Central Catholic’s Maggie Riley five seconds later.
The two leagues also shared a parallel meet at Portland’s Westmoreland Park the same afternoon. St. Mary’s Academy hosted the event, which saw their leader Paige Rice roll to victory. Paige had around a ten seconds lead after the first kilometer but pushed the second K and expanded her lead to around thirty seconds. Hardly backing off on the throttle Paige extended her lead to 70 seconds at 3K and 100 seconds by the 5K mark. Her time of 18:19 saw her finish over a minute and a half prior to her team mate Celeste Raymond, who ran 20:00. Emily Trosino of Reynolds claimed third in 20:09 and then Carly Januzzi (20:15) led a parade of four SMA runners, who secured the victory. West Linn finished second among the girls’ teams and was led by Rebecca Donnelly’s 8th place finish in 20:46.
Centennial’s Taylor Hybl was content to let Reynold’s Brandon Raleigh & Ian Stevens lead for the first half of the race. After that Hybl asserted himself by making a long drive, which created a lead of fifty yards at the 4k mark. That lead continued to grow to around 100 meters by race’s ending time of 16:08. Raleigh earned second in 16:22 but West Linn’s Connor Cushman moved up to secure third place with 16:36. Ian Stevens ran 16:38 for fourth & Allan Johnston of Clackamas garnered fifth in 16:43. Thanks to Coach Jim Satterfield for the race commentary).
North Country Invitational
Brittany Gappa of Squalicum easily triumphed wither time of 18:17. Sam Holeman of Archbishop Murphy edged Mitch Montgomery of Everett 16:01 to 16:03.
Oroville Invitational (Wa)
Sierra Speiker of the host team won the race with an 18:58 finishing over four minutes ahead of the next runner. Damon Halvorsen ran 16:19 to win by half a minute.
Seamount League Championship (Wa)
Sarah Reiter of Lindbergh was victorious with her time of 19:47. Luke Garcia & Mohamud Abdi, both from Lindbergh, each was credited with 16:49 with Garcia getting the nod.
Spokane Area Weekday Action
Kendra Weitz won her race against the Lewis & Clark team. The North Central boys took four of the top five spots verses Central Valley, while the CV girls secured 2-8 against North Central. Katie Knight, however, ran 17:15 to easily triumph. Andrew Gardner of Mead ran 15:17 but Mt. Spokane won the team battle 23 – 31. Molly Cole of Mt. Spokane led her team’s victory against the girl’s of Mead.
Tacoma City Championship
Emily Coic of Stadium ran 19:41 to defeat Stephanie Stuckey of Wilson in the girl’s race. Cameron Freshwaters of Stadium was the best of the guys with his mark of 16;49. Second place went to Kaleb Javier of Wilson.
Preston Invitational (Id)
Wednesday’s action saw Dallin Farnsworth remain undefeated in Idaho with his victory at Preston. The Highland harrier topped his team mate Kaden Clay with his winning time of 15:53. Presli Hutchinson made it a Highland sweep of individual titles with her victory in 19:26. Alexis Wilks placed 2nd in 19:40.
Canyon Country (Id)
Morgan Choate of Vallivue annexed the race also known as the Bugtown Invite by running 16:35. Javier Del Hoyo of Caldwell earned second with 16:41. Mikayla Malaspina ran 18:57 topped her team mate Cheryn Trapp, who ran 19:11. Skyview’s Natalie Blodgett was right behind Trapp with 19:12.
Gibb Floyd Invite (Id)
Another Thursday invitational, this one in Kuna, was claimed by Sam Mackinnon of Mountain View, who ran 18:18. Jordan Mathes garnered second with her time of 18:20, while Rocky Mountain’s Dana Snell (18:46) was the only other girl to break nineteen. Justin Ross zipped home in 15:36 and Jake meeker ran a fine 15:49 to earn second. Parker Hawkins of Mountain View secured third in 16:04, as he edged Morgan Crawley who had the same time.
Boise City Meet
Emily Nist proved to be easily the best in the capital with her victory in 18:11. Boise High’s Emily Hamlin took second with 18:46 & Briana Tiffany of Bishop Kelly followed with 18:59. Rebecca Lassere of BK made it three of the top five with her time of 19:00 but Victoria O’Neil of Boise led a charge that captured three of the next four places as Boise secured the team title with a low of 35 points. Bishop Kelly placed 2nd with 40 points and was followed by Timberline, which was led by Louisa Serpe (19:15), placed third with 56. Borah’s Mackenzie Carruthers placed tenth individually with 20:00.
Boise’s Thomas Rigby was the only runner to go under sixteen minutes with his time of 15:58. Daniel Williams of Boise took second in 16;16 & Timberline’s Chris Frank claimed third with 16:27. Sam Powell of Borah came home fourth (16:29), while Matt Goodwin of Bishop Kelly earned fifth with 16:36. Boise, which saw Miles Ranck & John Jamboretz take 6th & 7th, won the boys’ team race with 37 to defeat Bishop Kelly, which had 59. Timberline (78) & Borah (83) were not far behind.
Pocatello City Championship
Dallin Farnsworth made it two triumphs for the week by winning his city’s title with 15:06. Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello High is only a freshman but his time of 15:19 and second place finish bears watching in the future. Kaden Clay placed third with 15:55 and D’Artagnan Kilgore, also from Highland, took fourth in 16:08. Fifth place went to Haydin Herndon of Pocatello. Highland won with a total of 22 points to top Pocatello’s 33.
Presli Hutchinson also scored her second victory by running away from her competition with a time of 18:53. Alexis Wilks, Diseanna Kilgore & Laken Cates made it four Highland runners across the finish line but Sydney Lammers of Pocatello stopped a sweep with her fifth place finish in 20:20. Lindsey Rayborn of Century earned sixth with her time of 20:28. The Highland girls romped with their low of 17 points and Pocatello edged Century 58 to 62.
Mountain Home Invitational (Id)
Erik Harris of Twin Falls ran away from the field and scored a victory with a time of 16:16. Ben Stout placed second with 16:55. Mikesell Clegg led a Jerome sweep of the top three places in the girls’ race with her time of 19:51. Kayla Green placed second with 20:30.
Brown Invitational (RI)
This may sound like a broken record in more ways than one but Edward Cheserek of New Jersey eclipsed his fourth noteworthy record in successive weeks. This time it was on the Goddard State Park course in the venerable Brown event. His stunning 14:34.6 smashed the old record by 25 seconds. His margin of victory might lead some to think the field was weak but that was not the case. Joel Hubbard edged Wesley Gallagher by a second with his 15:21 clocking and Chernet Sisay of Brookline followed with 15:23. Mike Marsella came home in 15:25 to top Ryan Colabella by a second.
Kelsey Margey scored among the girls with her sharp 17:28. Freshman Rachel Paul raced home in 17:39 to annex second. As with the guys, this was a solid field with Alexis Panisee taking third in 17:46 & Catrina Rocha placing fourth with 17:52. Molly Keating ran 18 flat yet was fifth.
Heading on to the semi-state meet next week are a strong cast of runners, who are led by Foot Locker finalist Futsum Zeinasellassie, who narrowly missed his course record with 15:04. Renee Wellman ran 17:57 to break her own course record. For Wellman it marked her fourth Regional triumph. Helen Willman finished second with 18:13. Sarah Bennett took third. In Futsum’s wake were Troy Reeder (15:29), Matt Dorsey (15:39). Cole Hester, who with Dorsey set the pace, came in 7th with 15:44.
The noteworthy action from other regions saw Tate Schienbein run 16:01 to upset Jason Crist, who ran 16:07 at Rushville. At Greensburg Andrew Diehn topped David Dalton 15:32 to 15:57. Rachel Sollman won at Greenburg with 18:30.
Klein Oak (Tx)
Nate Jones won with 15:33 to top Brad Dohner, who ran the same time. Catie Daigre had the best two mile time with her 11:29.
Sam Erich (Ohio)
Carissa Jenkins won with 19:27, while Nathan Sutton had 16:20 to top the guys.
Joe O’ Neill (De)
Two of the nation’s top young ladies faced off here and it was Julie Macedo (16:55), who came out on top. Haley Pierce followed with 17:37 but her Tatnal team easily claimed the team title. Sam Parsons ran 15:43 to best John Mascioli (15:53)
Catholic Memorial Invitational (Ma)
Boston’s hallowed Franklin Park, which hosted the World’s XC Championship in the 1990’s, witnessed Jon Green add his name to the list of champions here with his time of 15:55. Mike McConville won the other division with the second fastest time of the day (16:04). Jordan O’ Dea topped the girls with 18:57.
Chili Pepper (Ar)
Maggie Montoya was the best of the girls with her 17:34 mark. Cale Wallace (15:00) & Joe Sansone (15:04) led the guys.
West Suburban Silver Meet (Il)
Coach Joe Newton’s York boys won again making it 45 conference titles. Malachy Schrobilgen of Oak Park (14:37) defeated York’s Scott Milling, who ran 15:09. Emma Fisher of York ran 17:07 to best Jill Hardies of Hinsdale (17:22) & Kayla Spencer (17:31) also from York. (3 miles)
Holy Trinity Classic (Fl)
Bridget Blake (17:27) got the best of a sold supporting cast, that included Julie Woolrath (17:31) and Shelby Davidson (17:36). Daniel Moore was the best of the guys with his 15:49.
Shae Martinez and Madison Garock led the Davis Darts, when they roared to victory by taking 1 – 2 - 3 – 4 - 8 – 9. The Syracuse Titans placed second in the team race, although Sharlie Dimick was their top runner in twelfth place. Brad Nye of Davis tied the course record with his time of 15:18. The Davis guys were even stronger than the girls, as they swept the top eight places. Brad Comar with 15:30 earned second.
Kenzie Atkins won the Tri-Valley Championship held in Boulder with 19:48, while Justin Weinmeister led the guys with 16:49. Note this is at altitude.
Elise Cranny scored in the Northern Conference championship with 18:49. Gus Waneka ran 16:22 to defeat Chandler Reid (16:33).
Santa Clarita (Ca)
Aaron Levya led Elko, which secured the top three places, with his 16:24 clocking to top Wayne Prescott by a second. Mary Jo Wright of Elko breezed to the girls’ crown with 18:23 – a minute ahead of the rest.
Akron Suburban League Championship (Oh)
Akron’s Goodyear Metro Park hosted yet another championship with Nick Pupino of Copley earning the victory with 16:06. Wadsworth’s Paige Szabat (19:25) topped the girls to earn her 4th victory of the year.
Both Pupino & Szabathad won at Medina a week earlier.
Conley Invitational (Az)
Rolonda Jumbo of Chinle, who also competes in the off-season for Wings of America, won the invitational at Tempe with her time of 18:26. Unfortunately Sarah Fakler & her Xavier Prep varsity team mates did not compete.
Rio Rancho Jamboree (NM)
Luis Martinez won with a time of 15:25, while Antonio Vareia followed in 15:32 and were the only runners to break sixteen minutes. Jenna Thurman clocked 18:42 and only Anna Olesinski (18:55) went under nineteen minutes.
Portland (Me.) City Championships
Talk about bad luck – Fiona Hendry of Bishop Cheverus appears to have it in spades. She has spent her fine entire four year career in the shadows of two-time Foot Locker finalist Abbey Leonardi plus her team mate Emily Durgin, who is also a Foot Locker finalist. Last weekend Fiona finally had the chance to score a victory and even had a large lead in her city championship race, when she took a wrong turn. That left Emily Durgin & another Cheverus team mate (Shannon Conley) in the lead and they decided to hold hands, when they finished. Both were summarily DQ ’d, which left Cheverus’ Kiera Murray as the winner. Fiona recovered to earn second, yet Cheverus still won the city title. (Thanks to Glenn Jordan, who noted the events in the Portland newspaper)