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Pusl leads Crook County with 27th place finish

One race left in season before state Championships


The Crook County High School cross country ski team is still trying to play catch-up with the more experienced teams in Central Oregon.

Although the progress is slow, the gap between the top skiers and the Crook County skiers has been steadily coming down.

Last Saturday at Mt. Bachelor was no exception as Leonhard Pusl led Crook County with a 27th place finish in a 4.8 kilometer classic ski race, which was held at Mt. Bachelor.

Pusl had his best race of the year as he finished the course in 24:36. Dustin Seyl was next in for the Cowboys, taking 34th place with a time of 27:06. Darnell Gorrosquieta was the final Cowboy in the race, finishing 45th out of 47 skiers with a time of 35:31.

For the second consecutive week, Alex Martin, of Summit, was the boys winner. Martin finished with a time of 17:13, more than a minute ahead of second place Sam King, of Mountain View, who finished with a time of 18:26.

The Cowboys finished last in the relay with a time of 19:15, while Mountain View won with a time of 12:27.

Despite struggling in the relay, the Cowboys still finished sixth in the seven-team field with 102 points, edging North Eugene with 103 points. Mountain View won the team scoring with 16 points while South Eugene was a distant second with 37 points. Sheldon came away with third (54), Ashland took fourth (73), and Summit finished fifth (74).

On the girls side, Phacelia Cramer, of South Eugene, finished first with a time of 22:01. She was followed by Mountain View’s Tia Hatton in 22:24.

Just two girls on the Crook County team competed in Saturday’s race. Molly Miller finished in 40th place with a time of 36:08 while Justise Bishop took 43rd out of 44 racers with a time of 38:14.

The Cowgirls did not field a relay team and without a full team failed to figure in the team scoring at the event.

Mountain View won the relay with a time of 14:50 and took first in the team scoring with 18 points. They were followed by South Eugene (33), Ashland (54), North Eugene (56), and Sheldon (93).

Crook County has one final competition to prepare for the state championships. The team will travel to Chemult this Saturday to compete at Walt Haring Sno-Park in the Southern League finals.

Following Saturday’s race the team will be off until Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 when the State Championships will be held at Mt. Bachelor.




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