Culver cross country keeps up the pace at Champs Invite
The Culver cross country team continued its solid start to the season on Friday at the Champs Invite 5K at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon. The Bulldogs finished with the seventh-best team score in the boys' meet out of 17 qualifying schools. The Culver girls struggled a bit more against the competition, placing 14th out of 15 qualified teams.
Culver senior Evan Powell continued to set the pace for the Bulldog boys, finishing in 19 minutes and 12.5 seconds to place 23rd out of 155 male runners. That time is roughly six seconds off Powell's fastest 5K time of the season, when he ran a 19:06.7 at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational on Sept. 15.
Sophomore Aiden Guest also finished in under 20 minutes, registering a time of 19:53.2 to finish 39th overall. Senior Troy Potampa (20:10.4) was next to finish, coming in 45th place. Hudson Burgi (20:44.7) also finished in the top half of the boys' standings, placing 61st. Pulling up the rear for Culver were Debren Sanabria (22:46.7, 104th) and Julian Sanabria (28:18.5, 150th).
On the girls' side, sophomore Olivia Rydman once again led the Bulldogs with a 28th-place finish out of 123 racers. Rydman ran the 5K in 23:45.7, which was faster than her time in Tillamook. However, Rydman ran the same distance in nearly two fewer minutes at Silver Falls, finishing in 21:59.0.
Freshman Audry Rake also continued her own strong start to the year, finishing 47th overall with a time of 25:15.5. That time is just 1.5 seconds off her season-best finish, which she also posted in Silver Falls. The Bulldogs' girls team was rounded out by senior Jasmine Dougherty (33:29.3, 111th place), as well as freshmen Payton Petersen (34:12.7, 113th) and Ariana Jeffery (34:18.1, 114th).
As for team scores, Bandon won the girls' meet with 46 points, followed by Vernonia (85 points) and St. Stephen's Academy (116 points). Bandon also won the boys' meet, scoring 47 points to outpace Westside Christian (94 points). Country Christian and Vernonia tied for third with 146 total points.
The Culver cross country season continues Saturday, Oct. 2, as the team travels for the Oxford Classic being hosted by Bend High School. Junior varsity races begin at 10 a.m. at Rockridge Community Park in Bend, which is located at 20885 Egypt Drive, with varsity races coming thereafter.
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