Josh Meyer, Chloe Tomlinson lead Wildcats at Tillamook event

Members of the Wilsonville cross-country team slogged through mud pits, crossed rivers and scaled steep hills at the annual Ultimook Invitational, earning fourth-place finishes in the girls and boys races.

The Wildcats logged 105 points on the girls side Sept. 7, finishing behind Lakeridge (49), Portland-Grant (56) and Corvallis-Crescent Valley (96) in the team standings despite competing without star senior Taryn Rawlings.

The boys ended up with 150 points, placing behind Grant (31), Lakeridge (49) and Vancouver-Skyview (93).

Twenty runners combined to represent Wilsonville in the two large-school varsity races, which feature 5,000 meters of rugged terrain at the Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook. Dozens of teams and hundreds of athletes from across the state participated in the event.

Returning junior Josh Meyer led the Wildcats boys in his first full-distance competition of the season, clocking in at 19 minutes 26.75 seconds to snag 14th place. Grant senior Jackson Cole (17:46.69) achieved top honors.

Meyer, who posted Wilsonville’s best time in a 3,000-meter race at the annual Night Meet nine days earlier, trimmed about 25 seconds off his mark at last year’s Ultimook event.

Three other male runners posted top-30 marks for the Wildcats. Senior Alex Tomlinson clocked a 20:12.94 for 26th place, junior Kody Wilde finished less than a second later for 27th and junior Carlos Villagomes (20:23.47) came in at 30th.

Wilsonville’s fifth finisher in the boys race was senior Zach Uselman (21:35.66), who placed 59th.

In the girls race, junior Chloe Tomlinson was the fastest of Wilsonville’s five top-25 runners. She placed 17th with a 24:25.91, while senior Christie Halverson (24:41.03), junior Toni Gowen (24:42.08), freshman Haley Prusse (24:50.11) and junior Emily Gillett (24:50.91) each crossed the finish line within the next 25 seconds.

Grant sophomore Ella Donaghu took first place in 20:42.94.

Last year, then-senior Ty James won the boys race in Tillamook and carried the Wildcats to second place, while Rawlings took fifth place to lead the girls to fifth in the team standings.

Wilsonville will get its first official look at league opponents in a Northwest Oregon Conference meet Sept. 11 at Blue Lake Park in Fairview. Varsity competition is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. On-site parking costs $5.



Ultimook Invitational

Sept. 7 at Hydrangea Ranch (Tillamook)

BOYS (team scores): 1. Grant, 31; 2. Lakeridge, 49; 3. Skyview (WA), 93; 4. Wilsonville, 150; 5. Beaverton, 185; 6. Southridge, 230; 7. Sandy, 235; 8. Dallas, 237; 9. Newberg, 248; 10. McKay, 267; 11. McNary, 272; 12. Crescent Valley, 275; 13. Lebanon, 275; 14. North Salem, 370; 15. Forest Grove, 373.

Wilsonville: 14. Josh Meyer, 19:26.75; 26. Alex Tomlinson, 20:12.94; 27. Kody Wilde, 20:13.78; 30. Carlos Villagomes, 20:23.47; 59. Zach Uselman, 21:35.66.

GIRLS (team scores): 1. Lakeridge, 49; 2. Grant, 56; 3. Crescent Valley, 96; 4. Wilsonville, 105; 5. Sandy, 105; 6. Lebanon, 122; 7. McKay, 228; 8. Southridge, 237; 9. Beaverton, 260; 10. Dallas, 283; 11. McNary, 323; 12. North Salem, 331; 13. Forest Grove, 332; 14. Skyview (WA), 376.

Wilsonville: 17. Chloe Tomlinson, 24:25.91; 20. Christie Halverson, 24:41.03; 21. Toni Gowen, 24:42.08; 23. Haley Prusse, 24:50.11; 24. Emily Gillett, 24:50.91.

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