Sherwood boys step up at state meet
It's been quite a season for the Sherwood High School boys cross country team.
The Bowmen won a league championship for the first time in 22 years and they also earned a team berth to the state meet for the first time since 2006.
They didn't stop there.
The Sherwood squad capped off its season in strong fashion, running to seventh place in the team standings at the Class 6A State Championships, held Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
"It's been a lot of fun," Sherwood coach David Kilian said. "It's been our target since the beginning of the season to get to the top of the league, and now this is amazing."
The Bowmen took seventh place in the team standings at the state meet with a score of 220 points. That put them just two points behind sixth-place Sunset, which had a total of 218.
"We took a focus all week that we wanted it to be just another race," Kilian said. "We looked at it as just another 5k. I told them 'you have to run your race.'"
And the Sherwood team took special preparation as it got ready for the state event.
"At practice, we started on the turf, like they do at state, and we finished on the track, like they do at state," Kilian said. "And (Sherwood senior) Josh (Quaglio, who competed at state as an individual last year) gave his input about the race, and it just all came together."
It certainly seemed to come together for Henry Giles.
Giles, a Sherwood junior, helped lead the way for the Bowmen at the state meet. He raced to 20th place, individually, with a time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.
"He was awesome," Kilian said of Giles. "He's incredibly gifted, and he's fallen in love with running. He's just really good."
Quagio had a strong finish to his Sherwood cross country career, as he ran to 37th at state in a time of 16:42. Bowmen sophomore Jaron Homer was 39th with a mark of 16:46.
Sophomore Thomas Osborn was fourth for the Bowmen, and 59th overall, with a time of 17:01.
"We have a top-10 record board, and it's based on times at the state meet," Kilian said. "And we made an assault on the record board. Our top four boys this year got on the record board."
Also for the Bowmen at the state meet, senior Trevor Widell was 102nd at 17:39, senior Brandon Hughes was 118th at 17:56 and senior Andrew Mabry was 140th at 19:19.
"It was fantastic," Kilian said. "The whole team stepped up. Everyone ran well."
Jesuit won the Class 6A boys team championship with a score of 35. Central Catholic was second at 127.
Wilson's Alex Slenning ran to victory in the boys race in a time of 15:41.
Jesuit claimed the Class 6A girls team championship with a score of 47. Sunset was second at 85.
Jesuit junior Makenna Schumacher won the girls race with a mark of 17:45.