Carmack leads team with 25th place finish

Going into the state meet, the Crook County Cowboys hoped to make it into the top 10 in the team scoring. by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Crook County runners Sam Santiago, Jesse Santiago, and Justin Myers run up a hill during the OSAA Class 4A State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. The trio finished 87th, 89th, and 93rd respectively in times of 18:51, 18:52, and 19:01. Crook County wound up in 10th place in the team scoring with 234 points, while La Salle Prep was the team champion with 54 points.

The Cowboys accomplished that goal, taking 10th in the 14-team field with 234 points. However, no one could have predicted how the race would unfold.

The Cowboys were expected to be led by district champion Grayson Munn. Like expected, Munn, who was expected to finish in the top 10 at the state meet, went out with the leaders. Munn was in 12th place at the halfway point of the race, and looked to be perfectly placed to finish near the top of the standings. Unfortunately, he struggled late in the race, dropping all the way to 46th in the final standings with a time of 17:45.

Nathan Carmack passed Munn in the latter portion of the race, finishing in 25th place with a time of 17:14.

“I felt like I did really good,” Carmack said. “I felt really good the whole race.”

Carmack added that when he caught Munn, he tried to encourage him to keep going.

“I feel like we have really gotten close as a team,” he said. “We are like a family. We’ve gotten pretty tight, so I’m going to miss him.”

Munn was followed closely by Liam Pickhardt who finished 48th with a time of 17:49.

“I had bigger goals, but this course isn’t that fast,” Pickhardt said. “It felt pretty good.”

Blake George was the fourth Cowboy in, taking 82nd place with a time of 18:38. He was followed by Sam Santiago (18:51), Jesse Santiago (18:52), and Justin Meyers (19:01), who finished in a tight pack in 87th, 89th, and 93rd places respectively.

“I was too nervous at the beginning,” Meyers said. “But I think the team did pretty good, and it was a fun experience.”

Despite Munn’s difficulties in the race, the Cowboys finished ahead of the district champion Baker Bulldogs, who wound up 11th with 258 points.

Mitchell Butler and Mack Marbas of Siuslaw finished first and second in the meet with times of 15:37 and 15:41 respectively. Teammate Seth Campbell turned in a strong fifth with a time of 16:30. Despite the high finishes from their top three runners, Siuslaw failed to win the team championship. La Salle Prep, who placed all of their top five runners in the top 16, won the meet with 54 points. Siuslaw finished second with 89 points, while Phoenix (126), and Marshfield (135) also earned trophies.

Kasberger finishes 51st with personal record time

The Cowgirls also had one runner at the state meet.

Freshman Maggie Kasberger set a new personal record by more than 20 seconds as she finished 51st with a time of 21:41.

“It was a lot of fun,” Kasbeger said. “I was planning on making the one mile in 6:50-7:00, and I planned to keep that up the whole race. I accomplished that and am really excited with my time.”

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Maggie Kasberger runs up a hill late in the state cross country meet. She was the lone Cowgirl in the meet, finishing in 51st place with a time of 21:41.

Shaylen Crook of Marshfield ran away with the girls race, winning by more than 30 seconds with a time of 18:28. Molalla’s Emily Bever finished second with a time of 18:59 to lead her team to the title. Molalla finished with 50 points, while Phoenix took second (71), Siuslaw finished third (119), and Philomath earned the final team trophy, taking fourth (133). The Greater Oregon League champion Ridgeview Ravens finished in 12th with 285 points. La Grande, who edged Crook County for the final Greater Oregon League team spot at the state meet, wound up 13th with 309 points.

OSAA Class 4A State Cross Country Championships At Lane Community College in Eugene

Saturday, Nov. 2

Boys team scores – 1. La Salle Prep, 54. 2. Siuslaw, 89. Phoenix, 126. 4. Marshfield, 135. 5. Tillamook, 150. 6. Philomath, 151. 7. Sisters, 205. 8. Newport, 207. 9. Scappoose, 218. 10. Crook County, 234. 11. Baker/North Powder, 258. 12. North Marion, 274. 13. Sweet Home, 285. 14. Hidden Valley, Inc.

Boys individual results ( top 10 plus all Crook County finishers) — 1. Mitchell Butler, Siuslaw, 15:37. 2. Mack Marbas, Siuslaw, 15:41. 3. Jakob Hiett, Sweet Home, 16:10. 4. Will Thomson, La Salle Prep, 16:26. 5. Shane Crofoot, Hidden Valley, 16:29. 6. Seth Campbell, Siuslaw, 16:32. 7. Jefferson Farmer, Seaside, 16:32. 8. Hector Rojo, Tillamook, 16:33. 9. Dakota Pittullo, Marshfield, 16:34. 10. Brandon Pollard, Sisters, 16:38. 25. Nathan Carmack, CC, 17:14. 46. Grayson Munn, CC, 17:45. 48. Liam Pickhardt, CC, 17:49. 82. Blake George, CC, 18:38. 87. Sam Santiago, CC, 18:51. 89. Jesse Santiago, CC, 18:52. 93. Justin Meyers, CC, 19:01.

Girls team scores — 1. Molalla, 50. 2. Phoenix, 71. 3. Siuslaw, 119. 4. Philomath/Kings Valley Charter, 133. 5. Sisters, 164. 6. Hidden Valley, 174. 7. North Bend/Oregon Coast Technology, 188. 8. Cascade, 197. 9. Estacada, 248. 10. Scappoose, 261. 11. Sweet Home, 281. 12. Ridgeview, 285. 13. La Grande, 309. 14. Seaside, 313.

Girls Individual results (top 10 plus all Crook County finishers) — 1. Shaylen Crook, Marshfield, 18:28. 2. Emily Bever, Marshfield, 18:59. 3. Celie Mans, Siuslaw, 19:01. 4. Zaruba Anderson, Hidden Valley, 19:03. 5. Nevina Deluca, Phoenix, 19:14. 6. Nicole Rasmussen, Sweet Home. 7. Hannah Clarizio, Molalla, 19:23. 8. Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 19:26. 9. Amanda Clarizio, Molalla, 19:26. 10. Charlie Davidson, Scappoose, 19:40. 51. Maggie Kasberger, CC, 21:41.

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