Clackamas cross country presses pace at Mt. Hood/PIL crossover
Clackamas sophomore Olivia Iparraguirre's game plan going into Wednesday's Mt. Hood Conference/Portland Interscholastic League cross country meet was to run with some of the girls from Central Catholic, hoping they might push her to a new personal best.
One problem: Some of the Central Catholic girls had their sights set on Saturday's Harrier Classic in Albany and treated Wednesday's race as more of a practice run.
That left Iparraguirre to navigate the 3.1-mile course at Lents Park at her own pace, which wasn't quite fast enough to keep up with the race leaders, but was still quicker than any of the runners she had hoped to run with.
Wilson's Francesca Ierulli ran away with the girls' race in 18 minutes, 27.8 seconds, followed by Wilson's Sylvia Ingram in 19:07.3 and Central Catholic's Amara Christensen in 19:30.5.
Iparraguirre placed sixth overall and second among Mt. Hood Conference runners behind Christensen, finishing in 20:17.3 -- her fastest time of the season by more than 10 seconds, but three seconds off her career best of 20:14.7 set as a freshman.
"At first, I was going to stick with the Central Catholic group, but they ran a little different race, so I had to come up with a new plan on the spot," Iparraguirre said. "I just was honestly trying to catch up with the girl in front of me."
That was Wilson senior Zoe Andersen, who finished fifth in 20:16.10.
"I was aiming for my PR, or trying to at least get around that time," Iparraguirre said. "The pace was pretty good throughout the first loop. Then the second loop when you have to go back up a hill for the first time, that's when if hits you like, 'Oh, my gosh,' and you really start to feel it."
Central Catholic placed four other runners among top 15 finishers and scored a 19-42 win in the dual with the Cavaliers, whose next four runners all finished in the top 28.
Clackamas' Reilly Treacy was 23rd in a season-best 21:54.9 and was the only other Cavaliers' running to break 22 minutes.
In the boys' race, Wilson's Giuliano Scasso held off a strong challenge from Cleveland's Miles Takiguichi to win by more than six seconds in 16:32.7.
Clackamas' Benjamin Harvey finished fourth in a season's best 16:57.2, twin brother Jacob Harvey was fifth in 17:04.6, and Central Catholic swept the next seven positions to score a 25-36 win in the dual with the Cavaliers.
"We want to go out and run hard, pretty much, and try to get a PR," said Jacob Harvey, who finished 11 seconds off his personal best set at last year's district championships. "At the one-mile mark, I was about 5:20, then I left up just a little bit and was about 5:30 for the second mile. The last mile was a little slower than that."
Clackamas' Donovan DeWhitt finished 17 th overall in 17:15.9, and Maximilian Girardet was 19th in a personal best 17:17.1, taking more than 10 seconds off his previous PR.
"The top four today were really solid," Clackamas coach Anton Clifford said. "The game plan today was to oace the first couple of laps, aiming for something around 5:30 per mile, and then just have them take off from there. I think it worked out pretty well.
"We're past our endurance phase and moving into our speed phase of the season with district only three weeks away. It's coming up fast, but I think we're right where we want to be."
In other meets, Oregon City's Max Reed trimmed more than nine second off his previous career best to win boys' race in 16:36.87 at Wednesday's Three Rivers League dual meet with West Linn at Oregon City High School.
West Linn's Kenney McElroy was second in 16:40.59 and the Lions placed four other runners among the top eight finishers to score a 26-31 win over the Pioneers.
Oregon City's Sam Brito (fourth, 16:43.11), Jonathan Schaffer (fifth, 16:43.81), Grant Pauli (10th,17:04.08), and Trevor Ritchey (11th, 17:34.53) also posted new personal bests for the Pioneers.
In the girls' race, Oregon City Katie Schroeder finished fourth in a season's best 21:13.7.