Sherwood's Crabtree, Rogers, Biegel lead Bowmen to Pacific cross country titles
Sherwood showed out at the Pacific Conference cross country championships, sweeping both the boys and girls team competitions Thursday afternoon, Oct. 28, at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville.
Bowmen boys finished one-two and had all five point-scorers place in the top 12 en route to 29 total points and a 26-point win over second-place Newberg (55).
Sherwood's James Crabtree crossed the line first individually with a time of 15:31.40, while his teammate Jeffery Rogers was second, finishing in 15:47.70. Rounding out the top five were McMinnville's Kyle Spencer (16:02.70) and Newberg's Zachary Giesch (16:19.50) and Anthony Giesch (16:27.20).
The win was Crabtree's third of the season and third straight, including the Nike Hole in the Wall Invitational Oct. 9, where the senior ran a personal best 14:45.5 en route to the victory.
Among other teams in the boys competition, Newberg was third (56 points) and Glencoe fourth (132), followed by Century (137), Forest Grove (146) and Liberty (156).
The Crimson Tide were led by 11th-place finisher Ben Mason (17:16.70). Century was led by sophomore Josh Nicholson (17:43.60) in 16th place. Liberty was led by Ian Byrd (18:17.50), who was 20th. Forest Grove's top finisher was sophomore Isaac Davenport (18:42) who placed 21st.
On the girls side, Sherwood was even more dominant, claiming five of the first seven spots — led by senior Nancy Biegel, who dominated the race start to finish, hitting the tape in a time of 18:35.80, 37 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Breanna Schmitt (19:12.90) of Newberg.
Rounding out the top five were Biegel's teammates Senoya Bugher (19:26), Sophie Biegel (10:00.10) and Georgia Hicken (10:18.40).
Biegel seemed to cruise for the bulk of the race, which came on the heels of the senior's personal best in a dual meet with Newberg Oct. 13, where she finished in a time of 17:19.5.
The Bowmen girls tallied 20 points, a whopping 56 points ahead of second-place Newberg (76), followed by Glencoe (83), McMinnville (84), Liberty (140), Century (170) and Forest Grove (170).
Glencoe was led by Brooke Bowden (21:19), who placed ninth. Century was led by Maya Kondo (21:36.2), who placed 11th. Liberty was paced by Morgan Boddy (20:29.4), who was sixth. Forest Grove's top finisher was freshman Brenna Colfelt (23:54), who finished 28th.
The OSAA state cross country championships are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Editor's note: Due to a transposition error, an earlier version of this story misstated Newberg High School's point total in the girls cross country championships. The Tigers received 76 points. The story has been corrected.
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