Tualatin girls jump up to eighth place at state
The Tualatin High School girls cross country team just keeps getting better and better.
And the Timberwolves proved that to the entire state.
The Tualatin girls, who finished in 13th place in the team standings at the 2017 Class 6A state cross country championships, jumped up to the No. 8 spot in the team standings at the 2018 Class 6A state meet, held Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene. Tualatin had a team score of 218 points, putting the Wolves just 10 points behind seventh-place South Eugene.
Junior Kaitlyn Gearin paced Tualatin at the state meet for the second straight year. Gearin, who finished in 14th place at last year's state meet, jumped up to ninth place at this year's event, earning her a spot on the podium. Gearin had a time of 18 minutes and 13 seconds for the the 5,000-meter course.
Tualatin sophomore Olivia Seits finished in 34th place with a mark of 19:17. Freshman Mahathi Sridhar was close behind in 43rd place, with a mark of 19:35.
Also for the Tualatin girls, freshman Naiya Gates was 74th with a time of 20:21, senior Sarah Hanson was 86th at 20:34, sophomore Lily Hughes was 87th at 20:48 and junior Taylor Cockrell was 109th at 21:03.
Summit junior Fiona Max was the winner of the girls race with a mark of 17:29. Summit claimed the Class 6A girls team championship with a score of 39.
On the boys side, Tualatin finished in 14th place in the team standings with a score of 384 points.
Junior Andrew Payton, the Three Rivers League district meet champion, led the way for the Wolves at the state meet. He finished in 14th place with a mark of 15:54.
Tualatin junior Ethan Klein was 79th in a time of 16:57. Also for the Wolves, freshman Samuel Roach was 108th at 17:27, senior Graehm Alberty was 110th at 17:28, senior Alex Pegis finished 111th in a time of 17:28, sophomore Aiden Putnam was 132nd at 18:00 and junior Sam Smith was 142nd at 18:15.
Tigard senior Oscar Nieves Lira, running at the state meet as an individual, finished in 42nd place with a time of 16:28.
Sunset senior Ethan Reese won the Class 6A boys race in a time of 15:37. Central Catholic won the Class 6A boys team title with 93 points. Jesuit also had a score of 93, but the Rams won the title by virtue of having the higher-placing No. 6 runner.