North Marion and St. Paul teams travel to Canby for Big Cross Portland; Kennedy excels at Seaside

PHIL HAWKINS - Junior Aldo Sanchez made his varsity cross country debut with the Woodburn Bulldogs last week at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational on Sept. 13 and followed up on Sept. 20 at Willamette Mission State Park. Sanchez has been the Bulldogs' top finisher in each race.
The Woodburn cross country team took a short trip south to Willamette Mission State Park for a sneak peak at their opponents in the Mid-Willamette Conference on Wednesday, competing in a preview meet as the Bulldogs near the middle of the season.

While Woodburn finished at the back of the conference pack, the team saw notable individual improvements up and down the roster.

Junior Aldo Sanchez made strong strides in his second race of the year for the team, leading the Bulldogs with a 26th-place finish in 18:08. Sanchez has competed in just two races this season and has finished as the team's top runner in each, leading the team at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational the week prior.

His addition has been a pleasant surprise for a Woodburn team that has been without its top runner, junior Geovani Bravo, who has been unable to compete due to illness through the first month of the season.

Sanchez's time was a new personal record for the junior and the top mark from a Woodburn runner thus far this season. But he wasn't alone in the PR camp. Fellow junior teammate Cezar Torres also finished with a personal best, clocking in at 18:42 to finish 40th. His was one-tenth of a second better than his previous PR set at last year's district preview meet, and an improvement of nearly 40 seconds over the time he put in at Silver Falls the week before.

Finishing just ahead of Torres was senior Koen Howell, whose 39th-place time of 18:39 was a season-best for the team's most experienced varsity runner.

Rounding out the boys varsity team was freshman William Peterson (51st, 19:33) and senior Uriel Cruz (55th, 19:41). Peterson was making his varsity debut after competing with the JV team in his previous two races, while Cruz was making his second appearance, improving his time by more than 30 seconds over the week before.

The Crescent Valley Raiders won the event with a team score of 60, followed by Dallas (70) and South Albany (71). The Woodburn boys finished seventh of eight teams with 206 points.

JV Boys (7th, 175)— 25. Gerardo Gutierre (19:57); 27. Marcos Hernandez (19:57); 42. Francisco Cortez (20:51); 51. Carter Nelson (22:15.04); 65. Georgia Bustamante (22:30); 67. Ethan Ins (22:45); 92. Reese Miller (25:03); 97. Alejandro Sandoval (25:51); 101. Jaden Bellman (27:36)

JV Girls — 50. Amy Gutierrez (35:04)


For the second year in a row, the Kennedy girls cross country team placed first in the Small Schools Division at the Seaside Three Course Challenge Meet. The Trojans finished 170 points ahead of runner-up Seton Catholic.

In all 75 schools from Oregon, Washington and California competed at the meet.

Kaylin Cantu took first place among all 240 competitors in the Difficult Course race, which includes a swamp crossing, a mud pit, sand dunes, and several very steep hills. It was just the second time in history that a Trojan runner was the overall winner in one of the races at Seaside.

Other scoring runners on the girls team were Alejandra Lopez, 9th in the Difficult Course race, Azaris Velazquez, 35th in the Moderate Course race, Cassie Traeger, 64th in the Easy Course race, and Clarissa Traeger, 83rd in the Moderate Course race.

Nick Riedman led the boys team with a 35th place finish on the Easy Course. Riedman, Lopez, and Velazquez were all second in their respective races among Small School competitors.

— Steve Ritchie

PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion junior Alex Ellington set a new personal record at the Big Cross Portland race at Pat's Acres, finishing in 19:58 for the first time under 20 minutes for the cross country veteran.
North Marion

Results for the North Marion cross country team at the Big Cross Portland race, which took place at Pat's Acres in Canby on Sept. 20.

Varsity Boys (9th, 221) — 30. Andy Schmitz (19:29); 50. Alex Ellington (19:58); 69. Brandon Gibson (20:41); 72. Gavin Hurst (20:43); 79. Saul Tarula (21:00); 84. Arturo Moreno (21:16); 95. Jarrett Adair (21:59); 104. Gabriel Zurita (22:30); 116. Tate Durst (22:52); 121. Jesse Agnew (22:59); 149. Cole McArthur (25:06)

JV Girls — 14. Nery Corona (15:38); 23. Natalie Holum (18:34); 26. Maritza Cuentas (18:56); 30. Avery Greear (20:11)

St. Paul

Results for the St. Paul cross country team at the Big Cross Portland race, which took place at Pat's Acres in Canby on Sept. 20.

Varsity Boys (12th, 280) — 52. Broden Lear (20:09); 56. Turner Lear (20:18); 86. Spencer Curtis (21:43); 99. Wyatt Bean (22:19); 100. Hayden Schindler (22:22)

Varsity Girls (7th, 169) — 30. Rachel Vela (24:26); 46. Taysha Veeman (25:44); 55. Stephanie Morales (26:39); 70. Abby Gonzalez (28:42); 77. Mayra Lozano (29:21);

JV Boys — 24. Adam Cook (14:46); 25. Mason Rose (14:46); 38. Drake Bennett (16:51)

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