Indians will head to Ultimook on Sept. 6

If anything can be taken away from the Indians' first cross country action of the fall season on Aug. 28, it's that senior Dan Carrier is definitely ready to live up to his high expectations.

Carrier finished 13th overall in the senior race in which Scappoose was the only Class 4A school to enter and posted a time of 9:30.5 in the preseason 3,000 meter Night Meet at Wilsonville High School. Fellow seniors Stephen Gift and Jacob Harley broke into the top 50, finishing in 10:21 and 10:23, respectively. Seniors Ethan Marcantonio and Logan Ross each improved dramatically on their times from last season, but none as much as Carrier.

Since his freshmen season, Carrier has cut almost a minute and a half off his best time in the 3,000, inching down from 10:49 his freshman year, and cutting 18 seconds from the Night Meet a year ago.

His 5,000 meter time isn't far off either. Carrier's best time was at the George Fox Classic on Oct. 12, 2013.

Junior Mason Reardon had a nice outing for the Tribe as well, making the top 60 with a time of 10:27.

For the girls, sophomore Emily Marquardt posted the best time, running a 13:18 to pace the Indians in the sophomore race. Junior Caley Ricker had a strong showing, running a 13:22, and senior Baylee Maloney was a close second as the lone runner for Scappoose in the senior race and running a 13:28.

Up next, Scappoose faces another off-kilter challenge in the Ultimook Invitational at Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook.

Unlike most courses, which are usually smooth with varied elevation, the Ultimook winds its way around a farm on the banks of Murphy Creek to the west of Tillamook and has everything but the kitchen sink. Runners will face a pair of water crossings, a dash through squishy, marshy terrain, a mile of wood chips, a corn maze, gravel and grass.

It's far more than a handful of races on Saturday. The event kicks off with a campout on Friday evening, complete with the showing of the movie “Without Limits” on Oregon running phenom Steve Prefontaine. Races begin at 8:15 a.m. the next morning with the 5,000 meter open and close a little after 5 p.m. after the running of 14 different divisions. Scappoose will compete around noon for the girls, and 12:45 p.m. for the boys’ team.

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