Barlow boys cross country wins twice in Mt. Hood Conference action
At this point, midway through the season, most high school cross country teams are just working to improve and staying focused on the district meet looming a month in the future.
That was certainly the case at Barlow High School on Wednesday, Sept. 29, when the Bruins hosted both Clackamas and Sandy in a Mt. Hood Conference three-way meet. Barlow and Clackamas both focused on tempo runs on Wednesday, and Sandy came in shorthanded, but in the end, the Bruins posted two wins, beating Clackamas 19-42 and Sandy 15-50, while the Cavaliers knocked off the Pioneers 17-46 in the day's other dual meet.
"The goal was we were just trying to beat Clackamas," said Barlow junior Braydon Lee, who won the 5-kilometer race with a time of 18 minutes, 8.853 seconds — just .003 or senior teammate Parker Waugh's runner-up time of 18:08.886. "That was the main goal, but then things changed and we decided to go out on our own."
Barlow senior Ian Pierson came through to place third for the Bruins at 18:20.181, followed by senior Josiah Collmer (sixth at 19:07.729) and freshman Camden Pate (seventh at 19:17.288).
"It felt good," Lee said, adding that the Bruins are aiming for a runner-up finish at the Oct. 29 MHC district meet. "The season's been going pretty good. We've got a very solid varsity group and the whole team has been improving together as a community."
While Clackamas stuck to its game plan throughout the day and didn't push to catch Barlow, the Cavaliers did get some good performances on Wednesday, with senior Cole Lewis taking fourth overall at 18:27.805 and sophomore teammate Kyle Chen placing fifth with a 18:58.452.
"Overall, I'm not too happy with the team score, but we tempoed it so you can't ask for anything more," Lewis said.
Also finishing in the Cavs' top five were senior David Roshu (10th at 19:30.518), sophomore Jacob Long (15th at 21:30.186) and sophomore Samuel Klawetter (16th at 21:30.320).
"Things have been going good," Lewis said. "There's been a few races where we PR'd a ton of people. Overall, I think we have more to look forward to for district. If we all run and be our best selves, I think we can get really close to second if not second."
For Sandy, which fielded just five runners, it was junior Isaias Carrillo who led the way by finishing 12th with a time of 19:57.327. Times and places were not listed for Carillo's teammates, but they included senior Jack Logan, senior Carter Clear, junior Andrew Johnson and junior Jack Nickila.
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