Entire team posts season-best times at Ash Creek XC Festival race in Monmouth

The Crook County High School cross country team knew going into Saturday's Ash Creek XC Festival that they were not going to be in the hunt for a trophy.

After all, most of the Cowgirl team was entered in the JV race.

Although the Cowboys did field a full varsity team, they also didn't figure to factor into the team championship as three of theiPHOTO COURTESY OF RACHEL WENTE-CHANEY - Cade Catterson runs alongside a Jesuit runner during the Ash Creek XC Festival in Monmouth. Catterson, a sophomore, ran the fastest time of his career at the race.r top runners were entered in the JV race.

Those three runners, Cade Catterson, Tyler Lawson and Zachary Mauras, all missed the first meet of the season, so had to earn their way onto the varsity team.

Consequently, although all three posted fast times, they didn't count in the team scoring at the meet, which was held in Monmouth.

Catterson, a sophomore, ran the fastest time of his career to pace the Cowboys. Catterson finished third out of 358 runners in the JV race with a time of 17:20.19. That time would have been good for 33rd place in the 255-man varsity race.

Lawson, a senior, also had a solid race, finishing 12th in the JV race with a time of 18:07.69.

Mauras, another sophomore, was just behind Lawson, taking 14th in the JV race with a time of 18:18.41, just 18 seconds off his career best, which he ran at the state meet a year ago.

With their three top runners competing in the JV race, the Cowboys still placed 20th out of 35 teams in the varsity race with 531 points. More importantly, the Cowboys were the third highest placing Class 4A team in the meet.

Had Catterson, Lawson and Mauras competed in the varsity race, the team would have vaulted all the way to 12th place in the team standings, well ahead of any other Class 4A teams.

The Cowboys finished with 531 points. However, had Catterson, Lawson, and Mauras run varsity, the team would have had just 364 points.

Jesuit ran away with the meet, posting a nearly perfect score of just 28 points.

Eisenhower High School, from Washington, was a distant second with 126 points.

Rounding out the top five were Summit, 127, South Eugene, 129, and Ashland, 140.

Sisters was the highest-placing Class 4A school, taking 16th with a score of 458.

Evan Holland, of Ashland, won the race with a time of 15:55.35. He was followed closely by Jesuit's Grant Summers in 15:56.56. Jonas Price, of Eisenhower, was third in 15:59.81.

Leading the way for the Cowboys in the varsity meet was freshman Alec Carne, who ran a career-best time of 18:28.73 to finish 84th in the varsity race.

Junior Miles Chaney, who had finished just ahead of Carne at the Cowboys' first meet of the year, finished eight seconds back in 92nd place with a time of 18:35.43, just two seconds off of his career-best time.

Close behind was junior Noah Chaney, who placed 99th overall with a time of 18:42.43.

Sophomore Jonas Rice solidified his varsity position, finishing 138th overall with a personal-best time of 19:21.24.

The final Cowboy to count in the scoring was freshman Alex Rodriguez, who placed 147th with a time of 19:31.45.

The final two Cowboys to compete in the varsity race were sophomores Tannon Joyner and Jeremy Cartilage, who finished 164th and 199th respectively with times of 19:57.03 and 21:09.17.

Other Cowboys to compete in the JV race on Saturday included Logan Tanner, 20:16.44; Isaac Logan, 21:18.52; Roman Stenbeck, 21:31.32; Eric Logan, 22:00.27; Andrew Elliot, 22:43.07; Johan Becht, 23:04.71; Hunter Eller, 23:06.97; and Christian Goff, 23:08.83.

Sophomore Jan Carne was the lone Cowgirl to compete in the varsity race.

Carne ran just one second off of her career-best time, placing 10th overall with a time of 19:45.99.

Kelsey Gripekoven, of Jesuit, won the race with a time of 18:28.48.

Jesuit easily won the team title, scoring just 26 points. They were followed by Summit, 55, Crescent Valley, 123, South Kitsap, Washington, 169, and Ashland, 216.

With just one runner in the varsity race, the Cowgirls did not count in the team scoring.

However, Crook County did have a solid outing in the girls JV race, taking 10th out of 18 teams with a score of 291.

Once again, Jesuit won with just 22 points.

Leading the way for the Cowgirls was sophomore Allyson Thomas, who finished 31st overall with a time of 24:09.4. She was followed by freshman Maggie Ramos, who placed 42nd with a time of 24:31.02.

Senior Abby Dalton was next in for the Cowgirls, taking 89th overall with a time of 26:22.02. Also racing for the Cowgirls were Mckinzee Mode, 26:32.57; Jenae Mapes, 27:26.17; Jillian Nguyen, 27:33.53; Gracie Kasberger, 27:37.29; Marah Binder, 29:32.91; Hannah Dozhier, 29:52.68; and Lyndee Walker, 30:25.13.

Crook County does not compete again until Saturday, Sept. 23 when they compete in the Three Course Challenge. The meet, which is hosted by Seaside High School, is held at Camp Rilea, just outside of Warrenton.

The Three Course Challenge is an unusual race. Instead of the usual varsity, JV, and novice races, there is a hard course, an intermediate course and an easy course. Athletes draw to see which course they will run, with team scores kept for each race.

With such an unusual format, team depth becomes important should a team hope to come away with a trophy.

Meet time is yet to be announced.

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