Cross country squads battle state's best
The Crook County High School cross country team challenged themselves Saturday, racing in one of the biggest and best cross country races in the state at the Ash Creek XC Festival, which was sponsored by Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
The Cowgirls did not field enough runners to place in the team standings at the meed, while the Cowboys finished 26th out of 32 teams with 736 points. Jesuit won the boys meet with impressive 40 points, while Lincoln was second with 77 points and Franklin was third with 110. Rounding out the top five were Sheldon, 173, and Summit, 201.
Summit edged Jesuit in the girls meet, taking first with 43 points, while Jesuit was second with 47 points. Rounding out the top five were Franklin, 99, Lincoln, 123, and Mountainside, 201.
Tualatin's Caleb Lakeman won the boys race with a time of 14:58.50 for the 5,000 meter course. Jacob Nenow, of Jesuit, finished second in 15:07.20, while Franklin's Charlie North was third with a time of 15:14.10.
Gavin Humphreys was the first Cowboy runner to cross the finish line, taking 106th with a time of 18:07.60. He was followed by Tucker Bonner, 121st in a time of 19:38.70, Jacob McKinnon, 175th, 19:42.30, Duke Wentzel, 191st in a time of 20:17.10, Aiden Bonner, 205th with a time of 20:42.60, Tanner Joyce, 210th in 20:55.80, Justin Mitchell, 229th in 21:46.50, and Daniel Olson, 235th out of 256 runners, in a time of 22:14.30.
Jesuit's Chloe Foerster ran away from the field in the girls race, taking first with a time of 17:24.50. She was followed to the finish line by Lincoln's Kendall York with a time of 17:50.60, Teaghan Knox of Summit with a time of 17:57.00, Kaiya Robertson of Franklin in 140.8:02.10 and Emma Bennett of Jesuit in a time of 18:13.40.
McCall Woodward was the first Cowgirl finisher, placing 142nd with a time of 23:58.70. The only other Cowgirl to race was Patagonia Carne, who placed 148th out of 199 runners with a time of 24:03.90.
Crook County is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Seaside Three Course Challenge, which will be held at Camp Rilea, just north of Seaside.
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