The Sherwood High School cross country teams got an early-season test, as they ran against some of the best teams around at the Ash Creek XC Festival, held Saturday at the Western Oregon University Ash Creek Preserve.
The Sherwood boys finished in fifth place in the team standings at the 11-school event with a score of 133 points. Jesuit took first place with a score of 57, and Franklin was second at 58.
Senior Nate Hicken led a pack of Bowmen runners at the meet, running to 25th place in a time of 16 minutes, 23.38 seconds for the 5,000-meter race.
Hicken was followed by Sherwood senior Thomas Osborn, who was 26th at 16:24.60. Junior Ismael Alvares was 27th at 16:27.09 and sophomore James Crabtree was 28th at 16:27.56.
Also for the Bowmen, sophomore Ethan Sturdivant was 32nd at 16:36.18, senior Jaron Homer was 38th at 16:49.09 and sophomore Jeffery Rogers was 42nd at 16:53.28.
Jonas Price, of Eisenhower, Wash., was the individual winner of the boys race with a mark of 15:02.15.
The Sherwood girls finished in eighth place in the team standings with a score of 193 points. Jesuit took first place with a score of 35. Lincoln was second at 46.
Junior Kari Eddington led the way for the Sherwood girls at the meet. She ran to 28th place in a time of 20:49.89.
Also for the Lady Bowmen, junior Brooke Smith was 39th at 21:25.94, senior Madi Ramos was 41st at 21:30.20, junior Maia Oliver was 51st at 21:52.41, sophomore Ava Grunow was 52nd at 21:53.75 and senior Vanessa Van Winkle was 56th at 22:04.91.
Lincoln freshman Kate Peters was the individual winner of the girls race with a mark of 17:48.77.
The Sherwood teams will be back in action on Wednesday, when they run against Century in a Pacific Conference dual meet opener to be held at Century High School. The varsity boys race is set to start at 5:15 p.m., with the varsity girls to follow at 5:45 p.m.
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