Wilsonville boys fourth, Milwaukie's Logan Law fifth at Class 5A state cross country
The Northwest Oregon Conference's best showed that they belong among Oregon's best, too.
The NWOC's best boys cross country runners and teams — led by 2021 individual champion Logan Law of Milwaukie and team champ Wilsonville — proved they could compete with the state's best at the Class 5A state cross country meet at Lane Community College in Eugene on Saturday, Nov. 6.
Law, who won five of his nine races in 2021 and posted the second-fastest Class 5A time of the year, placed fifth in the field of 93 with a finishing time of 15 minutes, 50.80 seconds for the 5-kilometer race.
Crater junior Tyrone Gorze won the individual crown at 15:05.20. After the race, Law said that while he wished he had finished higher, he was satisfied with his efforts and race plan.
"My performance wasn't the greatest and definitely not what I was striving for. I hoped to do a lot better," Law said. "I went out hard and just wasn't feeling great, (but) did everything I could to push through the race.
"As much as I run the race through in my head. I wouldn't change anything — it just wasn't my day Saturday. … I just had to push through it and do the best I could possibly do."
On the team front, Wilsonville's boys came through to place fourth with 142 points in the 13-team field, its efforts led by junior Mason Weisgerber and his 13th-place finish at 16:44.10. Crater won the team title with 35 points, while Crescent Valley placed second with 54.
"As a team, we had really high hopes of taking at least third place," Weisgerber said. "We ended up fourth and were disappointed at first, but getting fourth place at the state level is a huge accomplishment and we were proud to bring home the trophy."
La Salle's boys finished 11th with 267 points, their efforts led by senior Ethan Baker and his 40th-place finish at 18:00.10.
Class 5A girls meet
In the 5A girls race, NWOC champion Noemi Lundgren of Putnam was again her league's best, eventually taking ninth in the field of 92 with a time of 19:57.50. Crescent Valley freshman Emily Wisniewski took the individual crown at 18:27.90
"I'm super excited about my placement and being in the top 10 this year," Lundgren said. "I gave it all I had and I am proud of myself for not giving up."
In the team race, Corvallis set the pace with 42 points, while runner-up Crescent Valley finished with 75. Wilsonville's girls placed fifth with 130, followed by Putnam in sixth at 137 and La Salle in eighth at 233.
After Lundgren, Putnam's next best finisher was freshman Grace Flowerday in 19th at 20:44.00.
"I'm so proud of my team for running their hardest during this race," Lundgren added. "We all worked so hard this season and I think they all did amazing."
Wilsonville sophomore Ella Milanovich led the way for the Wildcats by taking fifth at 20:33.60, while senior teammate Gabriella Prusse was 18th at 20:43.60.
"I feel like my overall performance was really good and a great way to finish off a great season," Milanovich said.
Regarding her team's performance, Milanovich said "I think the team has come a long way since the beginning of the season, and learning how to work together and race for each other has been a huge key to our success."
For La Salle, freshman Maya Crimin was the Falcons' best, placing 23rd in 20:52.50.
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