Sherwood boys run to dual meet title
SHERWOOD — Another year.
Another league. Another title.
The Sherwood High School boys cross country team, which won the Three Rivers League district meet championship a year ago, captured another crown this year, clinching the Pacific Conference dual meet title by sweeping Liberty and McMinnville in a conference double dual meet finale held Oct. 9 at Sherwood High School.
"I really wanted to win again, because last year we won kind of unexpectedly," said Sherwood senior Henry Giles, who ran to second place at last week's meet.
"It's OK. It kind of sounds bad, but I knew our team could do it from the beginning," Sherwood junior Jaron Homer said. "We had the talent, and we had the work ethic throughout the season. We had a couple of rough spots, with injuries, but we pulled it out in the end."
"For the boys to lock up the regular-season title at home was great," Sherwood coach Dave Kilian said. "This shows that we're out there battling every day. That's what we try to do here."
The Bowmen defeated McMinnville 23-38 and they bested Liberty 15-50 to finish 6-0 in conference dual meets.
"I'm pretty sure we scored 15, except for against all but two teams, and that's a big achievement," Giles said.
Giles took second place in the race with a time of 16 minutes, 4.3 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.
"My glutes felt a little tight after a mile, or so, but I just had to keep going," he said. "I was just glad to get it over with."
Homer ran to third place in a time of 16:17.4.
"I felt good today," he said "It was good to run as fast as I did today without any issues. It was a good indication that I'm getting to where I should be."
Also for the Bowmen, sophomore Ismael Alvares was fifth at 16:41.4, junior Thomas Osborne was sixth at 16:53.2, freshman Jeffery Rogers was seventh at 16:57.4, freshman James Crabtree was eighth at 17:02.9 and freshman Ethan Sturdivant was ninth at 17:12.2.
"It was a great day," Kilian said. "We've been waiting for this meet, McMinnville is really good, and to have a great race on our course was awesome."
McMinnville senior Zane Fodge won the varsity boys race in a time of 15:46.5.
The Sherwood girls came away with a split at last week's meet. The Lady Bowmen defeated Liberty 21-40, but they fell 23-36 to McMinnville.
The split gives the Sherwood girls a final conference dual meet record of 5-1.
Sherwood junior Madi Ramos ran to victory in the varsity girls race, finishing first in a time of 19:42.0.
"Madi is on fire," Kilian said. "We knew that if she'd be healthy, she'd be solid, and healthy Madi is winning a lot of races."
Lady Bowmen sophomore Kari Eddington finished in fourth place in a time of 20:23.2. Also for the Sherwood girls, sophomore Brooke Smith was 10th at 20:43.8, senior Emily Pannell was 13th at 20:59.4, senior Danielle Clem was 14th at 21:12.9, senior Jacqueline Angelel was 15th at 21:13.4 and sophomore Maia Oliver was 16th at 21:21.5.
Up next for the Sherwood teams will be the Pacific Conference district championships, which will be held Oct. 24 at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville. The top three boys and girls teams at the district meet, as well as top-seven individual finishers, will advance to compete at the Class 6A state championships.
"The goal from Day 1 was to get two teams to state, and we're in a position to make that happen," Kilian said.
The Sherwood boys will be going for their second straight district crown.
"We can't let the pressure get to us," Homer said. "We just have to run like we always do, and we'll be fine."
The varsity girls race at the district meet is set to start at 4 p.m., with the varsity boys race to follow at 4:45 p.m.