The Crook County Cross Country teams battle a tough field
The Crook County High School boys and girls cross country teams opened their season Saturday at the Ash Creek XC Festival, which was held in Monmouth.
Although the program had some individuals with good performances, as a team both the boys and girls squads were near the back of the pack.
The Cowgirls finished 13th in the 17-team girls meet, while the boys finished 16th in the 28-team boys meet. Jesuit dominated both the boys and girls meets, scoring 45 points to easily outdistance second place Franklin (77) in the girls competition. The Crusaders finished with 54 points in the boys competition, while West Salem finished second with 65 points.
Rounding out the top 10 in the girls meet were West Salem 116, Westview 136, Ida B. Wells 148, Mountainside 164, Sprague 202, Roseburg 208, Grants Pass 231, and McMinnville246. The Cowgirls finished with 368 points.
Meanwhile, in the boys competition, Franklin finished in third place with 93 points while Ida B. Wells was fourth with 95 points. Rounding out the top 10 were McMinnville 179, Mountainside 204, Canby 277, Westview 285, Forest Grove 310 and Grants Pass 333. Crook County wound up with 418 points.
Individually the Cowgirls were led by Patti Carne who finished 59th overall with a time of 22:42.00. Jesuit's Maura O'Scannlain easily won the meet with a time of 18:21.80, nearly 30 seconds ahead of second-place Sara Abbott of Sprague, who finished with a time of 18:50.00.
Rounding out the places for the Cowgirls were Natalia Crass 61st in 22:46.60; Anne Carne 86th with a time of 24:13.50; Chalis Buekert 137th in 27:55.60; Jazlin Howe 143rd in 28:47.10; Kloey McGowan 152nd with a time of 32:42.30; and Kiera Glenn, 154th with a time of 22:53.00.
The boys meet was led by Alexander Garcia-Silver of Marshfield with a time of 15:09.70. He was followed closely by Jesuit's Gus Clevenger in 15:17.00 and West Salem's Jack Meier in 15:19.60. The first Cowboy to cross the finish line was Gavin Humphreys in 48th place with a time of 17:34.2. Other Cowboys in the varsity race included Adam Radabaugh, 104th in 18:54.5; Jacob McKinnon, 105th with a time of 18:57.6; Aidan Bonner, 133rd place with a time of 19:46.2; Duke Wentzel, 149th in 20:05.40; Justin Mitchell, 164th in a time of 20:36.20; and Riddley Barker, 166th with a time of 20:39.80.
Jesuit also won both the boys and girls JV competition. Crook County did not have any runners in the girls JV meet, however, the team finished in 21st in the JV boys competition with 549 points.
Although the Cowboys did not have anyone finish near the front of the JV competition, they did show that the team is going to have some depth and a battle for the last few varsity positions.
Skyler Gibson was the first Cowboy to cross the finish line in the JV meet, finishing 54th with a time of 20:17.60. He was followed by Hunter Davis in 87th with a time of 21:02.70; Liam Huffman, 220th in a time of 24:09.90; Wyatt Otnes, 259th in 25:19.90; Sawyer Woolsey, 264th in 25:34.30; Joshua Belz, 271st in 26:06.50; Anthony Crider, 275th with a time of 26:19.60; Ben McWilliams, 287th in a time of 27:59.10 and Ethan Glenn; 29th with a time of 30:19.80.
Crook County will host a home meet on Wednesday, Sept. 14 when they host the Jere's Cowboy Kickoff at the Crooked River Wetlands. Racing begins at 3:30 p.m. with the girls JV race, which is followed by the boys JV race at 4 p.m. the girls varsity race at 4:30 p.m. and the boys varsity race, which is set to begin at 5 p.m.
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