This year is going to be a speedy one in the Mt. Hood Conference, as every schools sports savvy veterans and exciting youngsters who will look to make their mark on the cross country season.
From a bronze medalist in last year's state meet to a fast-finishing freshman, here are the top runners to watch this season in boys and girls cross country:
Wesley Shipsey, Central Catholic, senior
The premiere runner in the Mt. Hood Conference will look to add to his trophy case as he leads a talented crop of Rams that dominate the top of the standings each year. Shipsey took first in the district meet, 15:16.40, and finished third in the state championships, 15:08.10. He has a legitimate chance for a state title.
Ella McGillis and Zoe Rector, Central Catholic, juniors
You can't separate a pair of Rams that ran alongside one another, at the front of the pack, for all of the 2021 season. The duo placed one-two at districts, with McGillis crossing in 18:16.80 and Rector 18:44.80. McGillis went on to finish 12th at state, with Rector taking 17th. Both have legitimate shots at cracking the top-10 this season.
Braydon Lee, Barlow, senior
Lee was part of a dynamic Bruins running duo last year, turning heads in both cross country and track. This season he will have to carry that torch alone after watching teammate Parker Waugh graduate. Lee will work to build on a sixth-place district finish, 16:52.00, and a strong performance at last year's state championships, where he crossed the line in 16:49.50.
Alyssa Stumbo, Barlow, senior
For the Bruins girls a veteran runner will lead the way. Stumbo is eyeing a top-five finish at districts in her high school swan song. Last year she placed eighth in conference, 20:47.50, and finished in 21:36.80 at state.
Dionne Agulto, Gresham, senior
The fastest Gophers boy wants to qualify for the state championships in his final season. Agulto finished 14th at the district meet, 17:46.80.
Susan Mcgaughey, Sandy, sophomore
One of the youngest runners on the list came up just short last year at the district meet. Running in her debut season, Mcgaughey was seconds from a top-10 finish, placing 11th in 21:44.90.
Camden Pate, Barlow, sophomore
Pate was the fastest Mt. Hood Conference boy at the state championships, crossing the line in 18:54.10. Now in his second season, the youngster will look to improve his districts performance — last season he finished 24th in 18:45.70.
Maddy Cooper, Sandy, junior
Another young, talented runner for the Pioneers. Cooper finished 18th at the district meet, 23:02.40, a personal record performance.
Others to watch
• Charlie Black, Central Catholic, senior — 16th at state (15:44.49)
• Garrett Mackey, Central Catholic, senior — 24th at state (15:56.90)
• Kai Miles, Nelson, junior — 9th at districts (17:25.00)
• Dylan Stevenson, Reynolds, senior — 17th at districts (18:06.20)
• Jack Nickila, Sandy, senior — 21st at districts (18:31.90)
• Mark Ivanishchuk, Reynolds, senior — 27th at districts (18:55.30 SR)
• Izabela Garcia, Barlow, senior —17th at districts (23:01.90)
• Pilar Courter, Sandy, sophomore — 22nd at districts (23:33.80)
• Camryn Poff, Barlow, junior —23rd at districts (24:08.50)
• Avery Morris, Gresham, sophomore — 26th at districts (24:30.50)
• Peyton Trickel, Barlow, sophomore — 32nd at districts (24:58.50)
• Camryn Sobella, Barlow, senior — 38th at districts (26:10.90)
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