Lady Bowmen come close, but are tipped twice at the Three Rivers double dual event

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MILES VANCE - Henry Giles (226) and Josh Qualio helped lead the way for the Sherwood boys cross country team at last week's meet. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School boys cross country team came away with a split to open Three Rivers League action.

And, the Bowmen came very close to making that a sweep.

The Sherwood boys bested Newberg 21-34, and they were edged 27-30 by Lakeridge in a league-opening double dual meet held Sept. 13 at Sherwood High School.

Junior Henry Giles led the way for the Bowmen at the meet. He won the varsity boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 10.5 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.

"I felt crappy at the beginning but you always feel worse before the race, you feel crappy and then it gets better as you go on," Giles said. "Lakeridge is the champion from last year so I'm happy that I didn't get passed by anyone."

Giles and Sherwood senior Josh Quaglio took control of the race early on, and never let up.

"That was our plan going in (to take over early with Josh Quaglio) and I'm glad we could stick to that plan," Giles said. "We started to break away from them like a mile in or so — the race plan worked, I guess. As soon as my shoelace came untied, at about two miles, I thought 'Well, I don't have anything else going for me so I may as well go for it.' I was scared because it felt like (my shoe was going to fall off). I'm hoping to break 16 this year for sure. I've been training my butt off all summer so I'm glad."

Quaglio ran to second place with a mark of 16:21.3. Sherwood sophomores Thomas Osborne and Jaron Homer also had top-10 finishes. Osborn was eighth in a time of 17:03.1 and Homer was ninth at 17:04.4.

Also for the Sherwood boys, senior Trevor Widell was 18th at 17:57.8, senior Brandon Hughes was 22nd at 18:19.0 and senior Tanis Leach was 24th at 18:22.3.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MILES VANCE - Sherwood freshman Joley Sproul nears the finish line during last week's Three Rivers League opener.The Sherwood girls lost to both Newberg and Lakeridge, but the Lady Bowmen were very close to getting wins against both opponents. They were edged 24-31 by Newberg and they were tipped 27-28 by Lakeridge.

Freshman Joley Sproul led the way for Sherwood at the meet. She raced to fifth place in a time of 20:57.4.

"It felt good to me," Sproul said. "I play soccer, so I'm normally not at practice a lot so I didn't know that course until I came to the race and they told me where to go and I pretty much just followed the people in front of me. It doesn't feel very good (during the race), it hurts, but you just kind of go through it."

Lady Bowmen freshman Brooke Smith was right behind Sproul, finishing sixth with a mark of 21:20.9. Senior Sophia Harnew-Spradley was eighth at 21:43.6.

Also for the Sherwood girls, junior Emily Pannell was 12th at 21:58.1, junior Jacqueline Angelel was 13th at 22:03.0, junior Dayna Dixon was 21st at 23:03.3 and sophomore Vanessa VanWinkle was 23rd at 23:10.6.

"We did really good," Sproul said. "We stayed together really well."

Lakeridge freshman Holly Lane won the varsity girls race in a time of 20:01.5.

The Sherwood teams were scheduled to host Tualatin and Canby in a league double dual meet on Wednesday. Results from that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Bowmen squads will be back in action on Friday, when they run at the Meriwether National Cross Country Classic, to be held at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro. The varsity girls race starts at 5 p.m., with the varsity boys to follow at 5:30 p.m.

The Sherwood teams return to TRL action on Wednesday, when they face West Linn and Lake Oswego in a meet to be held at Lake Oswego Middle School. The varsity girls race will start at 5:45 p.m., with the varsity boys to begin at 6:15 p.m.

Miles Vance, of Pamplin Media Group, contributed to this story.

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