Sherwood boys run to district title
OREGON CITY — It's said that timing is everything.
Peaking at the right time is also pretty important.
Well, the Sherwood High School boys cross country team's timing couldn't have been any better. And the Bowmen certainly seemed to peak at the right time.
The Sherwood squad put that all together and came away with a Three Rivers League district cross country title.
The Bowmen, shining bright against some strong competition, ran to victory at the TRL district championships, held Oct. 25 at Clackamas Community College.
"This is really big," Sherwood senior Josh Quaglio said after the race. "Everything came together after our last meet (a league dual meet with Tigard, held Oct. 11 at Westmoreland Park). This was a lot of fun."
"A lot of hurt, but a lot of fun," Sherwood junior Henry Giles added with a smile.
The Bowmen won the district meet team title with a score of 56 points. West Linn was second at 64 and Tualatin was third at 69.
Sherwood also won the overall Three Rivers League title (which is a combined score of dual meet wins and district meet results), marking the first time in 22 years that the Bowmen boys have claimed a league cross country title.
And, for more good news, Sherwood's season isn't over yet. The top three teams from the district meet, as well as the top 10 individuals, advance to compete at the Class 6A state cross country championships, which will be held Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
The Sherwood boys will be going to state as a team for the first time since 2006.
"I think we could be fifth or sixth," Quaglio said of the upcoming state meet. "We want to race our best."
"We're going to go out and run our race," Giles said.
That certainly worked well for the Bowmen at the TRL district meet.
Quaglio led the way for Sherwood at he district race. With a strong finish, he placed fourth, individually, with a time of 16 minutes, 19.23 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.
"That was an insane race by Josh," Giles said.
"I felt strong," Quaglio said. "I kept the same pace. Last year, I went out too fast. I held back this time."
Giles was right behind Quaglio in fifth pace, with a mark of 16:24.30.
"I thought I went out slow, but I went out too fast," Giles said. "I felt dead at the end, but it was OK."
The Sherwood boys had another top-10 finisher in sophomore Jaron Homer, who was 10th at 16:43.55. Bowmen sophomore Thomas Osborne was right behind Homer in 11th, with a time of 16:47.32.
Also for the victorious Sherwood boys, senior Trevor Widell was 26th at 17:25.20, senior Andrew Mabry was 42nd at 18:00.38 and senior Brandon Hughes was 43rd at 18:01.15.
Tualatin senior Adam Klein won the boys race in a time of 15:56.47.
The Sherwood girls finished in seventh place in the team standings at the district championships with a score of 204.
The Lady Bowmen were led at district by freshman Kari Eddington. She ran to 24th place in a time of 20:45.50. Another freshman, Joley Sproul was 32nd at 20:58.19 and yet another frosh, Brooke Smith, was 43rd at 21:59.98.
Also for the Sherwood girls, junior Emily Pannell was 47th at 22:18.64, junior Jacqueline Angelel was 58th at 23:16.03, junior Emily Boynton was 60th at 23:24.67 and sophomore Vanessa VanWinkle was 63rd at 23:44.78.
St. Mary's Academy junior Sarah Lyell won the girls race in a time of 18:49.61. St. Mary's won the girls district meet team title with a score of 35. Tualatin was second at 74 and West Linn third at 77.
The Class 6A girls race at Saturday's state meet is set to start at 2:25 p.m., with the Class 6A boys race to follow at 3 p.m.