Clackamas girls win Mt. Hood Conference district cross country title
The 2020 fall season — the one held during the spring of 2021 — already was a most unusual year for high school sports.
The Clackamas High School cross country teams made it unusual for another better reason, too, with the Cavalier girls winning the Mt. Hood Conference district meet at Centennial High School on Thursday, April 8, while the Clackamas boys ran to second in the seven-team field.
In girls competition, the Cavaliers landed three of their five varsity scorers among the day's top six and used that frontline strength to win the meet with 38 points. Barlow's girls placed second with 40 points and Central Catholic took third at 45.
Clackamas junior Jasmine Fletcher set the pace for the entire field of 30-plus runners, finishing first with a winning time of 21 minutes, 21.70 seconds that beat Barlow junior runner-up Emily Powers by almost 11 seconds.
The rest of the Cavaliers' top five included: freshman Madeline Pizzuti (fourth at 21:58.50); sophomore Regina Diaz-Garcia (sixth at 22:06.10); senior Emily Chang (12th at 23:04.80); and junior Sophie Denham (24th at 24:23.50).
In the boys race, Clackamas ran to second place with 46 points, trailing only MHC champion Barlow's 32. The rest of the team scoring included Reynolds 82, David Douglas 108, Centennial 137, Gresham 138 and Sandy 151.
Barlow senior Evan Delacruz won the individual title at 16:45.60. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, landed three runners in the day's top 10, with junior Cole Lewis third at 17:16.20, junior Brady Hayes sixth at 17:42.10 and freshman Kyle Chen 10th at 17:56.50.
Also in Clackamas' top five were freshman Kai Miles (11th at 17:57.40) and sophomore Caden Brand (16th at 18:42.80).
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