By the time Jesuit's first cross country runner crossed the finish line at the Class 6A state championship, the Crusaders' state title hopes were already in doubt.
That goes for the girls' and the boys' side. For as supremely talented as Jesuit is on both sides of the ledger, the Franklin boys and Summit girls summoned spectral performances from their top athletes and used those to fuel their own state aspirations.
The Lightning finished with the top-two boys' runners overall in Aidan Palmer and Charlie Robertson along with two more Franklin flyers who finished in the top-15. Summit all-time great Fiona Max ran a 16:51 and sophomore Teaghan Knox took third on top of three more Storm runners placing in the top-16 overall. The Storm is the defending national champions and nearly beat last year's 39-point total.
Jesuit ran well and tough as it always does, but with each of their foils flourishing at the state level, both the Crusader boys (101) and girls (80) took second place overall. Franklin won with 62 points and Summit won with 41.
The Crusaders girls were led by sophomore Chole Foerster (fourth place) and senior Alexis Kebbe (sixth). Jesuit junior Molly Grant placed 20th overall, freshmen Maggie Bennett and Naya Wrenn were 28th and 30th overall. Jesuit loses Kebbe to graduation but should bring back six of their seven state runners. The boys were paced by Ryan Schumacher's fourth-place finish (15:18), senior Jonas Larson (15:41) and senior Declan O'Scannlain (15:45). Six of Jesuit's seven runners crossed the tape in less than 16 minutes, including junior star Jack Bennett, who ran in just his fourth race of the season.
Sunset showed out on at Lane Community College on the berm, with the boys taking third (118) and the girls taking fifth (168). Sunset sophomore Ben Balazs paced the boys' squad with a 15:25 finish, good enough for 11th overall. Expect the underclassman to take the Apollo mantle as Sunset graduates its senior-heavy core next season. Balazs will be rejoined by junior Collin Beyer who ran a 15:37 and took 17th. Senior David Cummings finished 26th overall and junior Alex King came in 35th. Sunset senior Lucy Huelskamp closed illustrious cross country with a 12th place finish for the Apollo girls. Freshman Paige Wiley starred in her state debut, running 18:15 for 24th overall.
The Aloha boys finished 16th overall with 422 points. Aloha junior Jon Morton ran a 16:23 to take 68th overall and fellow junior Leo Torres took 77th overall with a 16:27. The Warrior girls, making their third consecutive appearance at state, finished 14th as a team with 368 points. Senior Emily Foote, who ran at state in all four years of her cross country career, beat Wiley to the tape and finished in 23rd place (18:14). Junior Keira Coye placed 69th overall (19:54).
The first, second and third-team All-Metro selections are based on the runners' respective finish at the Metro District championship race.
Forester, Kebbe, Grant, Wrenn, Bennett, Huelskamp and Sunset senior Jasmine Wang were all first-team All-Metro for their respective schools.
Foote, fellow Aloha senior Margot Desmond, Jesuit sophomore Claire Cooney, Jesuit freshman Natalie Jack, Sunset freshmen Paige Wiley and Kate Dobson and Westview senior Irene Nagasaka were all second-team All-Metro.
Aloha junior Keira Coye, Mountainside sophomores Anna Miller and Elizabeth Satterlee, Southridge freshman Erin Cosgrove, Sunset senior Oviya Chennai, Sunset junior Samhita Tovinkere and Westview senior Alisha Bryant earned third-team All-Metro recognition.
Jesuit seniors Sam Curran and Declan O'Scannlain, sophomores John Schuler and Caden Hildenbrand and Sunset seniors Collin Beyer and David Cummings finished in the top-seven overall and therefore were first-team All-Metro for the boys' side of the ledger.
Torres, Balazs, Jesuit junior Aidan Alexander, senior Jonas Larson, Sunset seniors Carson Cummins and Mason Gerwig as well was Sunset junior Alexander King were second-team All-Metro.
Aloha juniors Ethan Daugherty, Sean Marshall and Jon Morton, Southridge senior Reid Quiggins, Skyhawk junior Rex Zhao and Westview seniors Max Lin and Cameron Nazal were named third-team All-Metro.
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