Northwest Review 8

Gardner heads home (by Craig Rice)

This meet in Portland featured runners from California, Texas and Alaska but Andrew Gardner of Mead and Ella Donaghu of Grant stole the show with course record victories,  that the nation must recognize.   Travis Neuman and Matthew Maton of Summit both ran times, which normally could be expected to win this met and others, while Sara Tsai and Erin Clark of Summit did the same in the girls’ race.   The best thing, however, is that they were just the icing on the cake and there was plenty of quality action right behind them.   For the girls Parkes Kendrick of Grant, Maggie Coleman of Hermiston & MaryKate McGuire had break out performances, while one must also be impressed by the challenging efforts of Alexis Fuller of Union and Kelly O’ Neill of Lakeridge.   Kendrick’s time should put her on the national watch list:  hint!

        On the boys’ side Eduardo Juarez had a break-out performance, while Colby Gilbert of Skyview added another to his resume.   Eric Alldritt of Summit & Alejandro Cisneros of Hermiston also put in first class effort, while Henry Jackson sophomore Aaron Roe showed once again that he is a runner to watch.   Levi Thomet of Kodiak & Brooke Lizotte of Lathrop did a fine job in representing Alaska in spite of the fact that they had to extend their season two weeks beyond their state meet.    As usual there was much to love about this race!



Donaghu down the stretch (by Craig  Rice)

                                                                South Umpqua Invite (Or)

Samantha Milner of Idaho Valley won with 22:28, while Myles Webb of SU led the guys with 18:45.


                                                                Wednesday Action

We covered the bulk of the action earlier & will not duplicate but it can be found at:




                                                      Seaport Invitational – Clarkston, Wa.

This Friday meet was actually held in Clarkston, Washington but there was a pretty good split between Idaho & Washington, so I’ll include it her.  Chandler Teigen of Asotin did the 1A Washington schools proud with his victory with an impressive time of 15:43.   Eric Story of Moscow placed 2nd in 15:46 and was the top Idaho finisher.  Micah Dingfield (16:14) and Domenic Rehm (16:16) of Medical Lake placed 3rd & 4th respectively and Isaac Berger of Moscow earned 5th in16:33.  Asotin runners Jesse Styner & Alex Simpson secured the next two places but Medical Lake was an easy winner with 39 points.    Kelby Wegner of Medical Lake ran 19:06 to head the field of young ladies, while Clarkson’s Kari Scharhorst followed in 2nd with 19:21.   Natalie McDaniel & Rachel Bayly of Moscow placed 3rd & 4th and Miranda Cranston of Lewiston followed in fifth in 19:40 edging Sakaiya McCoy of Medical Lake by a second.   Angie Pineda and Mariah Kroeze of Medical Lake were the fifth & sixth runners for their team and provided the pivotal efforts for the squad, which defeated Moscow 41 to 42.                              


                                                           Oroville Invitational

Sierra Speiker of Oroville won by over a minute with a time of 19:10 & the next closest runner came in with 20:51.  Liam Daily was the first male runner with 16:43.


                                                     Tri-Cities Prep Jaguar Invitational

Skylar Larson won with 17:07 & Victoria Nunez led the girls with 21:50.  Both runners were from host Tri-Cities Prep, which also claimed both of the team titles.


Boys start at Adidas by Craig Rice

                                                                Crystal Springs Invite

This meet not all that far from San Francisco is lumped with the NW meets, because Central Catholic ran there once again.   It should be noted that this is a challenging course, so the times have to be considered with that in mind.   Yohannes Estifanos of Milpitas won the three mile race in 14:38 & Richard Ho of Leland placed second with 14:44.  Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic earned third in 14:54.   Running well for the Rams were Sam Lomax (16th – 15:38), Daniel Thompson (20th – 15:45) & Dante Della Gasperina (22nd – 15:50)




                                                                     Boise City Meet

This meet at Ann Morrison Park saw Thomas Rigby of Boise claim the city title.   Rigby ran 16:11 for the 5K course defeating Brennen Keen of Timberline, who placed 2nd in 16:16.   Matt Sewell ran 16:29 to add a third place finish for Boise & Jacob Davis of Capital followed in 4th (16:31).  Reuben Mulhern of Borah garnered fifth in 16:32 edging Tom Parry of Bishop Kelly.  Capital topped Boise 49 – 53 for the team title.   Emily Hamlin of Boise was the only female runner under nineteen with her time of 18:56, while Louisa Serpe of Timberline earned 2nd in 19:12.  Sienna White of Boise placed 3rd in 19:21, which gave her a five second margin over Sara Christenson of Borah.  Lillian Ball of Timberline (19:28) earned 5th for Timberline and Julia Taylor of Capital secured 6th with 19:59.  Mackenzie Carruthers of Borah just missed breaking nineteen minutes by running 20:03, while Anna Kreslins was the first Bishop Kelly running coming home 8th in 20:04 to edge Anna Hartwick of Timberline, who was credited with the same time.  Timberline won the team race with 38 points and Boise was second with 42. 


                                                                    Bugtown Invite

This was another Thursday race and Vallivue, which was led by Mikayla Malaspina, easily scored in the team competition with a low of 22 points.   Mikayla was clocked in 19:02 and was backed by her team mate Cheryn Trapp, who ran 19:27.  Lina Schell of Middleton was 3rd with 19:45 and then Vallivue runners Kira Tristan (19:47) & McKayla Tiffany (19:50) took 4th & 5th.   Amanda Deason led Columbia placing 6th in 20:17, as she edged Sadie Heindel of Middleton, who was given the same time.   Caldwell’s Alberto De Los Reyes won the individual race with 16:40 but Columbia came away with the team championship with a low of 37 to Middleton’s 59.  Middleton’s top scored was Austin Fred, who finished second in 16:43.  It was only two seconds back to Erik Barfuss of Columbia, who was followed by his team mate Levi Watson, who ran 16:53.  Jerry Celesttino of Caldwell finished fifth in 16:58. 


                                                                Pocatello City Meet

This Friday meet was run at Ross Park at a distance of 2.88 miles.   Short or not Elijah Armstrong handled it with ease, as he won with a time of 15:08.  His team mate Hayden Herndon finished 2nd in 15:33, while & Driztin Herndon was another second back.   Kaden Clay of Highland came in 4th with 15:51  Rachel McGovern of Pocatello scored in the girls’ race with 18:28 by Highland runners, led by Diseanna Kilgore’s second place finish of 19:24, took the next three places after they crossed the finish line and won 25 – 30 over the Indians.


                                                                Potlatch Invitational

Heather Siegel of St. John Endicott in Washington triumphed in the girls’ race with 20:16 and Kaleb Bass of Grangeville was victorious in that of the guys with 17:48. 


                                                                Eastern States Championships

The huge Manhattan Invitational takes place at VanCortlandt Park in the Bronx and this hallowed course saw Foot Locker national champion Edward Cheserek run his first race of the 2012 fall campaign in 11:58.   Also running in his first race of the season was Nick Ryan, whose entire Fayetteville-Manlius team was on its season’s maiden voyage.   Ryan ran a fine 12:05 to earn 2nd and T J Hornsberger of Lake Shore earned 3rd with 12:20.  Tony Russell of West Chester took 4th in 12:24 and jack Boyle of CBA followed a second later.   Daniel Galford, who won the Mayor’s Cup last week, placed 12th with 12:37 for the two and one-half mile course.   The girls’ Eastern States has long been the center-piece of the meet but Bronxville ‘s Mary Cain had the best time of the day in the ‘A’ race with 14:03.   Megan Reilly followed her for Warwick Valley with 14:17.   Reagan Anderson of Tatnall won Eastern States in 14:21 and Kennedy Weisner of Elk County Catholic garnered 2nd in 14:22. Holly Cavalluzzo of Valley Central placed 3rd  in 14:37 and Sara Sargent of Pennsbury was fine 4th in 14:38.  Kara Dickerson of Midlothian took 5th in 14:40.   Tatnall upset FM in the team competition.   Taylor Spillane of Champlain Valley came in 6th with 14:42.   FM held out Jillian Fanning due to a quad strain. 



                                                                Orange County Championship

Paige Tennison won for the second year in a row and improved her time in the process.   Recovered from an illness, which limited her action a week ago, she won in 16:56 (3 Miles).  Bethan Knights, who earlier had won at Lowell & Laguna Hills placed 2nd in 17:06.  Third went to Kylie Nishisaka in 17:07 and Amanda Gehrich of Tesoro took 4th in 17:33.   Lauren Maurer of Crean Lutheran was 5th with 17:33.

     The Dana Hills boys won their sixth overall championship in this event but the individual title went to Juan Gonzalez in 14:40.  Garrett Corcoran challenged the winner before placing second in 14:44 & Austin Goins of Canyon was 3rd in 14:50.  The next two places went to Naoki Omatsu of Trabuco Hills (14:57) & Jeff Thies (15:00) of Edison edged Jose Penaloza of Godinez, who was credited with the same time. 


                                                                Cal Poly invitation at Cuesta College

Ali Teliha won in 18:20 on Saturday.


                                                                So Cal Invitational

Asics sponsored this race in Vista, which saw Christian Freeman run 5K in 15:44.  George Martinez placed 2nd in 16:01 & Adrian Mangoba was 3rd with 16:26.   Brianna Miller of Carlsbad led the girls with 18:41.


                                                                Tully invitational – NY

James Gowans ran 16:30 on the former home course of Olympian Lopez Lomong, while Kennedy Jensen of Canandaigua won the large-school race in 18:17.  The best time of the day by a female runner was turned in by Erin McConnell of Fabius-Pompey, who ran 18:10.  It was the fourth invitational win for  Erin, who also scored ES Minoa, VVS & Baldwinsville.  


                                                                Glory Days Invitational – Va.

Sean McGorty remained undefeated with a victory at this race, held at Bull Run Regional Park, in a time of 14:45 (5K).  Thomas Madden earned 2nd with 15:03, as Patrick Joseph & William Bertrand finished a second a part, as the former ran 15:26.  Logan Miller was fifth with 15:42. McGorty obliterated the course record set by Foot Locker notable Bobby Lockhart, who ran 15:03 & appears ready for a second trip to San Diego.   Caroline Alcorta of West Springfield led the girls with 17:42 despite taking a wrong turn.  Emily Kaplan placed second with 18:04.


                                                                                New Jersey

                                                                    Old Bridge Invitational

Girls divisions were won by Gracie Dwyer (18:19), who edged Molly Applegate by a little over a second, & Kelly Shaffer (18:50).  Sam Habib of Old Bridge led the guys with 16:25 & Nick Price of OB followed in 16:30.


                                                                Gloucester County Championship

Kyle Leonard won with 16:30 to nip Noah Culbreath, while Vickie Ajimoko of Williamstown was timed in 18:49 to win by almost a minute.



                                                                Upstate Conference Championship

Kaylee Flanagan, another Foot Locker alumnus, won the three mile race in 16:39. 


                                                                Chicago Public league Championship

This is a huge race with numerous divisions and Jamison Dale won the key race with 14:49.  Luke O’Connor ran 14:52 for 2nd and was followed by Kirby Lawson, who ran 14:57.  Joanna Podosek edged Carina Coss, as both were timed in 18:22 and Madison Weatherly was 3rd with 18:27. 


                                                                Central State 8 Conference

This meet in Springfield’s Lincoln Park saw fast times and marc Maton ’s 15;27 was the swiftest.  Tyler Owens was 2nd with 15:46 & John Davis followed in 15:50.  Fourth went to Joe Gough in 15:55.  Emma Chelsvig topped the gals with 18:53.

                                                                                ILS Conference – Chicago

Sarah Curci won with 18:12 & Andrew Nadler ran 16:26 to top the guys.


                                                                                North Dakota

                                                                     West Region Cross country Meet

The Bismarck boys, led by Foot locker finalist Jake Leingang, won easily 22 to 77 and Jake had no trouble either, as he led by almost a minute with 15:24.  Jordan Jacob of Century was a repeat winner in the girls’ race with her time of 15:01 for 4K.   Brittany Brownotter (15:06) & Alexis Zeis (15:07) of Bismarck earned 2nd & 3rd but Century upset BHS 31-32.



                                                                                Bale N Trail

This race in Jacksonville saw some dynamite times but Foot Locker runner Josh Brickell still claimed the victory with 15:11.  Andres Arroyo ran 15:18 for second & was followed by Austin Sprague (15:21) & Kevin Mills (15:57).   Will Henderson of Leon ran 16:01 for fifth.  The girls’ winner was Allie Buchalski, who ran 18:28 and won by eleven seconds over Mackenzie Wilson.



                                                                    Conley Invite – Tempe

Kendra Knittel of Rincon University Prep won with 19:39.



                                                                       Saber Invitational

Maria Hauger raced on Tuesday a won in 13:44.  Her Shakopee team mate Winona Rachel placed 2nd in 15:00 and SHS had the 4th place finisher in Tess Misgen (15:29).  Ryle Rachel led the guys with 17:34.



                                                                    KVAC Championship

Bethanie Brown of Waterville ran 18:59 to win by half a minute.  Justin Tracy of Mt. Blue edged

 Lewiston ‘s Mohamed Barre with both given 17:14.


                                                                  PVC Championship

Aleta Looker ran 19:07 to top her team mate Maggie painter by a second.  Dan Curtis gave Ellsworth a sweep of the individual titles with his clocking of 16:15.



                                                                Chili Pepper Invitational

Nine guys broke sixteen minutes but Joe Sansone of Southlake Carroll topped the field with 15:06.  Carroll also had the next three finishers as Nate Sullivan (15:19), Trevor Gilley (15:26) & Connor Hendrickson (15:27) followed him across the finish line.  Shiohira Jacob of Bentonville was timed in 15:30 taking fifth.   Courtney Kriegshauser of SC led the gals with 17:55.  Carroll ‘s Antigone Archer placed 2nd edging Nicole Lee of Clinton, who also had 18:00.  Emily Helms of Mustang was a distant 4th with 18:25.



                                                                    Central A Division

Jonathan Eastwood of Belgrade ran a swift 15:56 to defeat his team mate Colton Hegdahl, who ran 16:08.  Jess Wilken of Havre led the Blue Ponies with her clocking of 18:48 and her squad followed with placements of 2 – 6 -8 & 13.  


                                                                 Townsend Invitational

Chiara Warner of Townsend ran 17:26 and won by over two minutes.  Tristan Guillot of Twin Bridges led the guys with 16:27 but Manhattan, led by the 2nd place Antonio Krogstad (17:01) copped the team title.  


                                                                Billings Public Schools XC

Christina Aragon won with 17:42.  Rachel Jones of Billings West was 2nd in 17:49 and Kennedy Robbins of Skyview took third with 18:11.     Fred Petsch earned the boys’ trophy with 15:45 but Michael Oswald of Skyview finished only a second later.    Jorey Egeland of Billings Senior secured third in 15:53. 


                                                                Southwestern A Division

Easton Albert of Hamilton topped the guys with 15:54 and Sadi Henderson scored in the girls’ race with 18:44.  Her Corvallis team won handily with a low of 24 points to Hamilton’s 39.



                                                                        Region 1 XC

Ellie Child (17:37) & Shea Martinez (17:51) led Davis, whose only ‘failure’ was allowing competitors to sneak in to positions 3 & 4.   Alex Hedquist won in 15:22 and Brayden Cromar, his Dart team mate, was second in 15:25.


                                                                      Region V XC

Logan Jerrell of Mock led the field by 1:58 with Conor Mantz of Skyview placing 2nd in 15:25.  Adam Hendrickson (15:25) of Box Elder was third & Cade Perry (15:27) of Bonneville took 4th.   Mountain Crest had a top three finish by Miranda O’Very, Tori Parkinson & Brookayla Nelson.


                                                                    Region XI  XC

Sarah Feeny ran 18:17 led Ogden to the team title with her first place finish.   Jordan Cross set a course record at the Cottonwood Complex with 14:55.   Austin Slade followed in second. 


                                                                    Region IV XC

American Fork won both team titles but Bingham’s Emily Rich triumphed in the individual race with 19:30 finishing sixteen seconds ahead of Jessica Smith of Lone Pine.  Connor McMillan ran 15:59 for American Fork & his Caveman team mate Brayden McLelland earned 2nd with 16:03


                                                                 Region X  (Salt lake City)

Park City runners swept the individual honors with Alisse Walker winning the girls’ race by eleven seconds in a time of 18:00.  Ben Saarel won his three mile race by 54 seconds by clocking 15:02.


                                                                       North Carolina

We have been patiently waiting for a number of runners from the South, especially Grace Tinkey, when a 15 year-old surprisingly appears in Charlotte.   Alana Hadley of Ardley has been running unattached this fall against collegians but on Saturday she topped the field at McAlpine Park with her 5K time of 17:16.   The field in the Queen Royal Meet once again included collegians with fifth place going to former Foot Locke national champion Ashley Brasovan.   The course was ideal for Hadley as her goal is the Foot Locker South regional, which will be held there in Charlotte.



                                                                Front Range league

The race at Brighton High had some very fast times but Erin Hooker topped the girls with 17:23.  Melanie Nun earned 2nd with 17:35 & Emma Gee ran an impressive 17:50.  The guys were hardly pokey either with Grant Fischer of Poudre scoring in 15:37.  Second went to Paul Miller, who ran 15:44 for Poudre, and Kyle Lund placed third just 3 seconds later.  Luke Sheesley of Fort Collins took 4th in 15:59.



                                                                    SWC Championship

Alex Riba of O’Fallon edged Patrick Perrier for first with each credited with 14:48.  The 1 -2 finish for O’Fallon led to a team victory.  Tami Cardenas won the girls’ race with 18:31 with her O’Fallon team mate Sam Lapp a second back.    They all head to the Regional this weekend. 




Sectional action took place on Tuesday and Troy Reeder won at Noblesville with 15:40.  The Carmel guys had no trouble getting out as they placed their top five runners in the top eight led by Bobby Browning ’s 2nd place effort of 15:50.  Jackson Bertoli won at Terre Haute with 16:31 and Patrick O’ Neil topped Zach Snider at Brebeuf by thirteen seconds with his time of 15:43.    At Northrop Zach Panning was the story with his runaway in 15:40.  Alexander Hess placed 2nd with 16:08, while marine Konow edged Samantha Roush by three seconds with her time of 18:52.   The Terre Haute sectional went to Jackson Bertoli in 16:31 with Spencer Danielsen 2nd in 16:55.  Patrick O’ Neil scored at Brebeuf with 15:43, as Zach Snider placed 2nd in 15:56.



They came right back with the various regional meets on Saturday, which would qualify runners for next weekend’s two Semi-state races.   Joel Hartman won at Elkhart with a time of 15:53 & Blake O’ Dell finished 2nd in 6:00.  Anna Rohrer stormed home in 17:24 which almost a minute in front of Maddie Woods, who ran 18:22.  Ashley Erba ripped the Culver course in 17:12 with Bethany Neeley following in 18:37.  Jacob Poyner was the first guy across the line in 15:54 & Ellis Coon took 2nd six seconds later.   Payton Reed won the New Carlisle regional in 15:37 & Alec Kostelnik followed with 15:42.  It was a fast group, which was evidence by the prompt placement of Ari Coulopoulos (15:47), Anthony Didion (15:48) & Nick Arndt (15:58).  LaPorte County runners swept the top three places with Elena Lancioni leading the way in 18:37.   At Ben Davis Samuel Tebeje won with 15:57 & Malyka Abramson of Avon topped the girls with 17:52 to win by 35 seconds.   The Bedford regional produced fast times as Jackson Bertoli headed the field with 15:38.  Kyle Burks finished 2nd in 15:48 & Arthur Cross-najafi earned 3rd with 15:58.    THE Brown (Nashville) Regional Karson Tays (15:41)& Andy Carr (15:50).   The Crawford County Regional went to Jonathan Reynolds in 15:49. 

      Troy Reeder returned to action at the Brebeuf Regional to edge Colin Rinne by a second in 15:20.  Zach Snider was close behind in third with 15:25.  This regional was loaded and the top ten guys ran 15:39 or better & 22 runners broke sixteen minutes.   Hamilton Southeastern won the boys’ title, while Carmel, which did not run four of its top seven runners, easily took the girls’ title.  Haley Harris of Carmel, who won the Sectional in 18:16, was one of the Carmel lassies, who rested.  Emma MacAnally of Cathedral was awarded the victory, although she & Rachel Nichwitz of SE were both credited with finishes of 18:19.5.  Kendra Foley of Noblesville was on their heels with her clocking of 18:19.6   Jessica King ran 18:26 for 4th, while Carmel was led this day by Ellen Schmitz, who placed 5th in 18:30 – two places ahead of her sister Anna.



                                                                      Sturgis Kiwanis Invitational

Jesse Hersha ran 15:57 to win the boys’ race & Valerie Wierenga won her division in 18:42.   Nico Lanzetta of Detroit Catholic topped D1 with 16:20.


                                                                   Ottawa Championships 10/13

Foot Locker finalist  Julia Bos had no trouble here, because she ran 17:57 and won by a minute.  Esrom Woldemichael of Northview (Grand Rapids) topped the guys with 16:09.  The conditions were quite pour with temperatures falling below forty degrees & a pounding rain. 


                                                                    Greater Muskegon City Meet

Emily Witham of North M won in 18:31, which was a meet record.


                                                                    Bay County Championships

First place laurels here went to Julia Jeczmionski (18:06) and Ben Hemstreet (16:11).


                                                                      Greater Lansing

Tanner Hinkle ran 15:26 for first place & Mason Vandyke came in with 15:53, which was just a second ahead of Alex Whitmer. 


                                                                   Traverse City Central Invite

Chris Barnett scored with 15:55.  


                                                                NCRunners Elite - Virginia

Eliza Dekker of Durham Academy won with 17:50.  Mary Grace Doggett of Cardinal Gibbons placed 2nd in 18:07 & Sophie Ebihara, her team mate, followed with 18:08.  Patrick Sheehan of Jake Norman led the guys with 15:56.  Asher Smith-Rose earned 2nd with 16:00, as Jeremy Brown & Caleb Smith following less than a second later. 


                                                                  Northeast Ohio Conference

Solon had both individual winners with Therese Haiss (18:29) & John Riordan (16:04) taking the laurels.   The Mentor boys edged Hudson 66 to 67.   Brunswick won the girls’ team race.  


                                                                Southwest Conference

Dan Zupan had the best time with 16:33 as he followed his victory at Medina.


                                                                   Sam Erich Invitational

Ryan Sullivan of Howland scored with 15:35 to earn a solid victory, although Eric Harris (15:52) of Lakeview & Jonathan Richmond (15:59) of Liberty both had fine times.   Libby Rogenski of Poland Seminary topped the filed in 18:12 & Carissa Jenkins of Austintown-Fitch placed second with 18:36.  

Clark, Donaghu & Tsai by Craig Rice