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Cowboys qualify for state championships

Maggie Kasberger is the lone Cowgirl to earn state berth


This Saturday, Crook County sends eight runners to the OSAA?Class 4A State Cross Country Championships.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Grayson Munn races in the Central Oregon Relays. The senior is one of the top Class 4A runners in the state, and is expected to finish in the top 10 at Saturdays state meet.

The Cowboys qualified their entire varsity team for the championships by finishing second at the Greater Oregon League Championships.

Meanwhile, Maggie Kasberger was the lone Cowgirl to qualify for the championships with a fifth-place finish at the district meet. The Cowgirls tied with La Grande for second place at the Greater Oregon League Championships. However, La Grande won the tiebreaker to qualify their team for the state meet.

The Cowboys are led by senior Grayson Munn, who is expected to finish in the top 10 at the state meet. Munn has the seventh-best time in Class 4A this year. However, after spending the night before the district meet in the emergency room, Munn did not run his best time at the district meet, so is seeded far down the field.

Siuslaw’s Mitchell Butler and Mack Marbas are the co-favorites to win the individual title at the state meet. Marbas has a season-best time of 15:13.9, while Butler’s best time is 15:19.0. However, Butler edged Marbas for first place at the Far West District Championships. Bryan Blythe of Philomath (15:50) and Jacob Hiett of Sweet Home (15:53) should also be in contention.

Munn’s best time this season is 16:05.3. However, Crook County Head Coach Tracy Smith believes that Munn has the speed to catch most of the top runners in the state as long as he is close at the finish line.

In addition to Munn, the Cowboys are represented by Nathan Carmack, Liam Pickhardt, Blake George, Sam Santiago, Jesse Santiago, and Justin Myers.by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Nathan Carmack has been the Cowboys' number two runner for most of the year.

The Santiago brothers, and Myers all ran season-best times at the district meet. George also ran well at district, while Carmack and Pickhardt trained through the district meet and expect to run faster at state.

The Cowboys are not expected to be in contention for a team trophy at the state meet. However, the team’s goal is to make it to the top 10 in the team scoring.

La Salle Prep, Philomath, Siuslaw, and Phoenix are all expected to contend for the top team spot at the meet.

Shaylen Crook of Marshfield is the favorite to win the girls individual title while Emily Bauer of Molalla appears to be the top challenger.

Kasberger, who is just a freshman, is expected to finish somewhere in the middle of the pack. Her top time this year is 22:04.3, which she ran at the district meet. According to Smith, her goal is to run under 22 minutes at the state meet.

Molalla is the clear favorite to win the girls team championship, while Philomath, Phoenix, Siuslaw, and Sisters are all expected to contend for trophies.

Races are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., with the final race of the day beginning at 3 p.m. The Class 4A girls race starts at 11:15 a.m., with the Class 4A boys race following at 11:50 a.m. All races are on the campus of Lane Community College in Eugene.

State championship information

The OSAA?State Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Races start at 10 a.m., with the 3A/2A/1A girls race and conclude with the 6A?boys race starting at 3 p.m.

Event schedule — 10 a.m. 3A/2A/1A girls race. 10:35 a.m. 3A/2A/1A boys race. The presentation of team awards for both the boys and girls races will follow the conclusion of the boys race in each division. Individual medals will be presented to the top 10 finishers at the conclusion of each race. 11:15 a.m. 4A girls race. 11:50 a.m. 4A boys race. 12:15-1 p.m. break with the course open for afternoon runners. 1:15 p.m. 5A girls race. 1:50 p.m. 5A boys race. 2:25 p.m. 6A girls race. 3 p.m. 6A boys race.

General admission tickets are available on-site for $8 adults, and $5 students.

Driving directions — Take I-5 southbound. Exit right on exit 189 and continue straight to traffic light. Turn right at light and then continue straight to next intersection. Turn right at the intersection and then take the first exit on the right. Lane Community College has both east and westside parking lots. However, access to the eastside lots is closed due to the race course. Parking at the site is limited, so arrive well in advance of race you wish to watch.

For more information about the state cross country meet, go to OSAA.org, click on activities, fall, and then either boys or girls cross country. Results for all races will be posted on-line as soon as possible following the conclusion of the race.



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