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Gladiators believe they'll be able to field a full team and compete at district.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Gladstone junior Abigail Sanderson crests a hill while running to sixth place in the Estacada Invite at McIver Park on Wednesday, Oct. 13.With the Tri-Valley Conference district meet looming just two weeks in the future, the Gladstone girls cross country team believes it's ready.

The Gladiators fielded a full complement of five runners — one at the junior varsity level — at the Estacada Invite on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at McIver Park and believe they will be ready to compete at district.

"This is the first year in awhile where we have a full girls team because we had low numbers because of COVID last year," said Gladstone junior Abigail Sanderson, who ran to sixth at McIver Park. "But this year, we have a full team, and so that's really exciting with district coming up in a couple of weeks. We're just trying to see where everything lays out and if we have a chance at state."

While Gladstone didn't record a team score at Estacada — that takes five varsity finishers — the Glads absolutely showed their ability to compete. Had their fifth runner's time been counted at the varsity level, the Gladiators would have dropped a 21-34 decision to Estacada — the day's team champion — and would have tied second-place Riverdale 27-27 (though the Mavericks would have beaten Gladstone with their sixth runner).



Girls XC at McIver Park

Sanderson led the Glads' four varsity runners by placing sixth in the field of 37 with a finishing time of 23 minutes, 21.40 seconds for the 5-kilometer event. Estacada junior Heather Shaver won the race at 20:58.40, while Blanchet Catholic senior Emma Lutz was second at 21:04.40.

Estacada beat Riverdale 20-35 in a matchup of the only two complete teams among the 11 in attendance.

"I feel good," Sanderson said. "I had a pretty off physical day — I was a little nauseous so I was a little bit slower than I wanted to be — but it was a good race."

The rest of the Gladstone varsity included: freshman Smith Grace, 23rd at 26:21.80; freshman Sydney Teague, 30th at 29:16.30; and senior Alexa Armenta-Lopez, 32nd at 29:48.30.

Junior Elle Shipman ran to sixth in the JV race with a mark of 37:52.1.

Next up, the Gladiators will run in the TVC district meet, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at McIver Park.


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