Tualatin wins the team battles, but Tigard boasts the race winners in the TRL dual meet

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tigard junior Elizabeth Brands (left) and Tualatin freshman Mahathi Sridhar battle for the league during last week's Three Rivers League dual meet at Fowler Middle School.TIGARD — In a spirited race between rivals, both sides were able to claim victory.

And everyone seemed pretty happy about it.

When the rival Tigard and Tualatin high school cross country squads met up in Three Rivers League dual meet action, the Tigers had the individual victors, while the Timberwolves triumphed in team competition at the league meet held Oct. 3 at Fowler Middle School.

"We definitely a lot of motivation," said Tualatin senior Sarah Hanson, who helped the Wolves get the team win in the varsity girls race. "Tigard's a good, competitive team, and we just wanted to prove that we're here to play."

"It definitely is special," said Tigard junior Elizabeth Brands, who was the individual winner of the varsity girls race. "I know a lot of girls from Tualatin, so it's nice to see them here, but it's also nice to get the win against our rival."

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tigard High School junior Elizabeth Brands ran to victory in the varsity girls race at last week's Three Rivers League dual meet with Tualatin.The Tualatin girls, who scored a 20-39 victory over the Tigers, improved to 3-1 in TRL dual meets.

"It went really well today," Hanson said. "We didn't have our top few runners, but we're a super deep team. A lot of people took this to really step it up. We really ran as a pack and it was awesome."

Tigard moved to 3-1 in league meets with the setback.

"I definitely think we've had some pretty good workouts, so I think we're definitely improving, and we'll definitely be ready for district," Brands said.

Brands won the varsity girls race with a time of 20 minutes, 18.10 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.

"That was really nice, especially since it was on our home course. I was happy to get the win here," Brands said. "This course is interesting. It's five laps, which is kind of a lot, and I got a little dizzy, but it was good."

Early in the race, Brands was battling Tualatin freshman Mahathi Sridhar for the lead, before she was able to pull away and get the victory.

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tualatin senior Sarah Hanson (left) hugs freshman teammate Mahathi Sridhar following the finish of last week's Three Rivers League dual meet with Tigard."We went into the forest for the third time, and I was like 'I have to make my move now,' so I just went and tried not to look back and ran as fast as I could," Brands said.

Also for the Tigard girls, junior Peyton Green was eighth at 21:40.70, sophomore Isabelle Ford was ninth at 22:02.20, junior Molly Kerns was 10th at 22:09.80, freshman Abbigale Elliott was 11th at 22:13.70, sophomore Marisa Torseth was 14th at 22:57.00 and senior Rebecca Christianson was 15th at 23:08.60.

For Tualatin, Sridhar led the way, finishing second in a time of 22:44.50. Hanson was right behind her in third place, with a mark of 20:58.00.

They were followed by a pack of Wolves. Tualatin freshman Naiya Gates was fourth at 21:01.70, senior Mason Springer was fifth at 21:11.00, sophomore Rachel Beddes was sixth at 21:27.60, sophomore Sierra Kurth was seventh at 21:30.40 and junior Emma Koehmstedt was 12th at 22:41.90.

"This was super fun, and it's always fun to compete against our rivals," Hanson said. "I'm really proud of the team."

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - From left, Tualatin's Graehm Alberty, Tigard's Cole Grieb and Tigard's Oscar Nieves Lira race for the lead at last week's Three Rivers League cross country meet.The Tualatin girls also have high hopes for the rest of the season.

"Things are really clicking," Hanson said, "We're just excited for the next half of the season. I think we'll peak at district and at state."

In boys competition at last week's meet, Tualatin came away with a 25-36 win over the Tigers. With the victory, the Wolves improved to 2-1 in league meets. Tigard moved to 1-3 with the setback.

The Tigers did have the top two finishers in the meet. Tigard senior Oscar Nieves Lira won the race in a time of 17:08.30. Tiger senior Cole Grieb was second at 17:14.80.

Also for the Tigers, sophomore Matthew Moller was 10th at 18:13.00, senior Sullivan Bailey-Darland was 12th at 18:22.60, junior Jesus Rodriguez Sandoval was 14th at 18:28.80, sophomore Mitchell Ervin was 16th at 18:49.80 and junior Gareth Kelleher was 17th at 18:56.20.

Tualatin had a big pack of runners finish right behind Tigard's top two. Senior Graehm Alberty led Tualatin, placing third at 17:21.60. Also for the Wolves, junior Sam Smith was fourth at 17:35.70, senior Alex Pegis was fifth at 17:49.90, sophomore Aidan Putnam was sixth at 17:55.20, freshman Samuel Roach was seventh at 18:00.20, junior Andrew McDade was eighth at 18:08.00 and sophomore Max Mitchell was ninth at 18:11.70.

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tigard High School senior Oscar Nieves Lira ran to victory in the varsity boys race during the Tigers' meet with Tualatn last week.On Saturday, the Tualatin girls took first place in the team standings, with 33 points, at the Bowmen Raceway Invitational, held at Portland International Raceway. Marist took second place with a score of 51.

Junior Kaitlyn Gearin led the way for the Wolves, finishing in third place with a time of 17:50.9 for the 4,970-meter course. Tualatin sophomore Olivia Seits was fourth at 18:08.3.

The Tualatin boys finished in third place at the invitational with a score of 51. Sherwood took first place with a total of 36.

Tualatin junior Andrew Payton ran to victory at the meet, winning in a time of 14:57.3.

TIMES PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tualatin junior Sam Smith helped the Timberwolves get a team victory in their league dual meet with Tigard last week.The Tigard and Tualatin teams will finish their Three Rivers League regular season schedules on Wednesday. The Tigers will face Lakeridge, Oregon City and St. Mary's Academy (girls only) in a meet to be held at Oregon City. Tualatin will face Canby, Lake Oswego and West Linn in a meet to be held at Mary S. Young Park.

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