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Crook County fails to place, but improves times at latest cross country ski race

Although they failed to place, the Crook County High School cross country team is continuing to improve their times.

“The way to look at it is to see how they compared to the other racers, especially the good ones,” said Crook County Head Coach Russell Johnson. “It’s hard to tell by looking at the placement, but they made progress.”

Once again, Leonhard Pusl and Dustin Seyl led the Crook County efforts. The duo finished in 31st and 32nd, respectively, on the 4.6 kilometer classic ski racing course.

Pusl finished the race, which was held at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, in a time of 22:12. Seyl was close behind in 22:31.

Mountain View’s Imran Wolfenden won the race with a time of 16:12. Alex Martin of Summit finished a close second with a time of 16:18 while South Eugene’s Kimbert Schlichting-Robinson took third with a time of 16:57.

Crook County’s third competitor, Darnell Gorrosquieta, finished 43rd with a time of 30:23.

The Cowboys finished the 3-kilometer relay in sixth place with a time of 16:35. Mountain View won the event with a time of 12:05.

“They did pretty good in the relay,” Johnson said. “I don’t think quite as well as the week before because they knew how hard they could push themselves in the race so they were a little more tuckered out when they came to the relay.”

Mountain View also took the team title with a score of 18 points. They were followed by South Eugene (31), Sheldon (55), Ashland (65), Summit (76), and Crook County (96).

The Cowgirls were led by Ashley Toomery, who finished 43rd in a time of 31:02. She was followed by Justise Bishop who finished 45th with a time of 32:48, and Molly Miller who took 47th in 33:42.

“It was the first race for Toomery and Miller,” Johnson said. “It was the second race for Bishop and she just improved a ton.”

Phacelia Cramer of South Eugene won the race with a time of 18:42. Mountain View’s Tia Hatton was second in 19:16 while Ashland’s Clara Honsinger took third with a time of 19:59.

The Cowgirls finished fifth in the relay with a time of 22:54. South Eugene won the event with a time of 13:35. South Eugene also took the team title in the girls meet with a score of 19 points. They were followed by Mountain View (30), Ashland (51), Sheldon (85), and Crook County (91).

Johnson noted that the weather was sunny and warm, which made snow conditions challenging.

“The snow conditions changed throughout the course,” he said. “The course was in the sun at the start and then on the back side it was in the shade. When they were climbing the hill on the back side of the course their skis iced up and the snow stuck to the kick wax.”

Weather permitting, the skiers are back in action on Saturday when they are scheduled to compete at Willamette Pass.

However, due to a shortage of snow at Willamette Pass the teams will not know until the end of the week if or where they will race.

“There’s not a lot of snow so hopefully it won’t all melt off between now and Saturday,” Johnson said. “They had enough snow to make a track on Monday so we are planning on doing it unless the Willamette Pass Ski Resort says no. They have the final say.”