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Buckaroo, Vanguard and Watchmen runners prepared to compete around the state

A pair of meets highlight the early season for St. Paul cross-country as the Buckaroos hope to make a run at district and state championships this year.

The schedule began Sept. 5 with the Darrel Deedon Cascade Invitational at Cascade High School in Turner. The Bucks competed in a 5,000 meter race on the boys' and girls' sides and turned in some impressive performances.

Junior Broden Lear finished second for the boys with a time of 17:57. His next highest-placing teammate was freshman Gage Cook, who finished 25th in 21:41.

The girls fielded two runners on the varsity side: seniors Jackie Diaz and Abby Gonzalez. Diaz finished 10th in 27:54 and Gonzalez finished 16th out of 16 runners in 32:33.

At the Ultimook Race on Sept. 7, Lear finished 73rd in a 5,000 meter race that included competitors from the 1A through 4A classifications. Diaz and Gonzalez finished outside the top 100 on the girls' side.

Next up for St. Paul is the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational on Wednesday at Silver Falls State Park. After that, it will head to the Champs Invite on Sept. 20 at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.

Veritas picking up steam

The Vanguard cross-country team is led by a pair of stellar runners this season on the boys' and girls' side. For the boys, senior Cam McChesney – son of coach Ken McChesney – is expected to be in contention for a district and state title once again.

McChesney finished second in the 5,000 meter race on Sept. 7 at the Tualatin Invite, posting a time of 16:22.30. He was bested only by Andrew Payton of 6A Tualatin, who finished in 15:51.50.

The girls are led by sophomore Breanna Schmitt, who finished ninth in her race with a time of 21:11.

According to Coach McChesney, his son is leading the state all the way through the 4A classification despite Veritas being a small, 1A school. Schmitt, he said, is ranked in the top 10 among 3A, 2A and 1A runners. Both are at the top of the district in the early going.

Next on the docket for the Vanguard is the Catherine Creek Scamper on Friday in Union. Their next meet is Sept. 20 at the Meriwether Cross Country Classic in Hillsboro.

C.S. Lewis looking ahead

The C.S. Lewis Academy cross-country squad has yet to compete in an official meet this season, but it is preparing for its opening meet on Saturday. The Watchmen will participate in the Oregon City Cross Country Invitational, which will include runners from all levels.

After Oregon City, the Watchmen will join St. Paul at the Champs Invite on Sept. 20 in Lebanon.

Their other meets include the Southwest Christian Invitational on Sept. 27 in Beaverton, the Flat and Fast Invitational on Oct. 4 in McMinnville, the Paul Mariman Invitational on Oct. 12 in Philomath and the Valiant Invitational on Oct. 22.

3A/2A/1A Special District 1 championships are on Nov. 1 at Tualatin High School.

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