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The Sherwood High School boys squad boast a strong group of returning runners

DAN BROOD - Senior Josh Quaglio is one of the top returnees for the deep Sherwood High School boys cross country team this season. SHERWOOD — Last year, the Sherwood High School boys cross country squad seemed to show plenty of potential as a young team competing in the powerful Three Rivers League.

This year, the Bowmen just might be in a position to make the most out of that potential.

"Our team is really excited for an improved season," Sherwood coach David Kilian said. "Our boys were young last year, and are returning our core runners with a strong first four. They have worked to bring up some newcomers to round out the squad and make a push toward the top four in the Three Rivers League."

The Sherwood boys return what looks to be a strong group of runners from last year's squad that finished in sixth place in the team standings at the Three Rivers League district meet.

Leading the way for the Bowmen returnees is senior Josh Quaglio. Last year, Quaglio ran to 10th place in the individual standings at the TRL district meet, with a time of 16 minutes, 48.61 seconds for the 5,000-meter course, earning him a trip to the Class 6A state meet as an individual.

Sophomore Jaron Homer also returns to the Bowmen team, after finishing 26th at last year's district meet. Also back for Sherwood are sophomore Thomas Osborne, who was 36th at district last year, senior Trevor Widell, who was 44th at district, and junior Henry Giles, who was 47th at district.

"Our team leaders for the boys are Josh Quaglio, Thomas Osborne, and Alex Roe," Kilian said. "All three carry different roles, and beyond them, our core group of returning varsity runners have been pivotal in leading the charge with a strong off-season work ethic after a great track season."

The Sherwood girls graduated their top runner from the past three years, Lindy Voss, and a strong group of seniors around her. But the Lady Bowmen are striving to make up for those losses.

"This year's squad is a true team," Kilian said of the Sherwood girls. "They have quickly bonded under the leadership of captain Gracie Hollin, and they are driving to make steps to increase their conference standing through their camaraderie."

Among the varsity returnees for the Sherwood girls, who finished in ninth place in the team standings at last year's Three Rivers League district meet, is senior Sophie Harnew-Spradley. Last year, Harnew-Spradley finished in 48th place in the individual standings at the TRL district race.

Hollin, a senior, also returns from last year's squad, as does junior Jacqueline Angelel.

Newcomers for the Lady Bowmen include freshman Joley Sproul, junior Emily Pannell, freshman Brooke Smith, junior Emily Boynton, junior Dayna Dixon, junior Sarah Duckering and sophomore Vanessa VanWinkle.

"For the ladies, our leaders are Gracie Hollin, Sophie Harnew-Spradley, and Emily Latwesen," Kilian said. "These three are amazing encouragers and have been very committed this summer to hard work and building bonding activities to bring their wonderful teammates together."

Both Sherwood squads are now taking high hopes into the 2017 season.

"Both the boys and the girls are aiming to move into the top half of the Three Rivers League this fall," Kilian said. "We are in an incredibly difficult league with amazing runners and some of the best coaches around. Whoever comes out on top of the Three Rivers League should be in the hunt for a trophy at state. It will be exciting to see how hard work in the offseason helps the Bowmen reach for their goals."

The Sherwood teams will open their season Friday, when they run at the Night Meet, being held at Wilsonville High School.

On Sept. 2, the Bowmen squads will compete at the Ultimook Race Nike Invitational, being held at Tillamook High School.

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