Newcomers run strong for Tigard teams
WEST LINN — They're both newcomers to the Tigard High School cross country program.
But Lillian Herman and Lincoln Woodhouse have wasted no time in making an impact with the Tigers.
Herman, a freshman on the Tigard girls squad, and Woodhouse, a junior on the Tigard boys team, led the way for the Tigers at a four-way Three Rivers League meet held Sept. 25 at Mary S. Young Park.
"My season has been going pretty good," said Herman, who finished in third place in the varsity girls race at last week's meet. "It's been because of practicing with my teammates."
Woodhouse, who qualified for the Class 6A state track and field championships in the 3,000-meter run last spring as a Tigard sophomore, has played football the past two falls before opting for cross country this year.
"I want to get better in track, so I'm doing cross country to get better for track," Woodhouse said. "I want to see if I can get on the podium this year."
Woodhouse also had a third-place finish at last week's Three Rivers League meet. He had a time of 16 minutes and 54 seconds for the 5,000-meter course. That mark put him behind only West Linn senior Dash Lipsey, who won in a time of 16:27, and Tualatin sophomore Sam Roach, who also had a mark of 16:27.
"This is my first year doing cross country, and this was just my second cross country race, so this was good," Woodhouse said. "I'm still trying to get use to the 5k. I stuck with the guys up front for the first lap. The second half, they were able to break off, but I came back and finished strong."
Woodhouse is hoping for even better things as his first cross country season goes on.
"I like cross country, to be honest," he said. "I like the atmosphere and everything. I want to get down to the low 16s this year. That's my goal."
Junior Matthew Moller also ran strong for the Tigard boys at last week's meet. He took fifth place with a time of 17:16.
Also for the Tigers, junior Alexander Hernandez was 11th at 17:39, junior Mitchell Ervin was 12th at 17:44, sophomore Sam Fitzgerald was 23rd at 18:18, freshman Eli Chesler was 24th at 18:20, sophomore Zachary Benedetti was 27th at 18:51 and junior Luke Shaw was 28th at 18:53.
The Tigard boys were edged 26-30 by West Linn, and they were tipped 25-32 by Tualatin at last week's meet.
The Tigard girls, racing against TRL powerhouses, fell 21-38 to West Linn, they lost 22-35 to St. Mary's Academy and they lost 19-42 to Tualatin. But the Tigers are hoping for good things the rest of the season.
"We're hoping to go to state," Herman said. "The team has been doing pretty good. There's a group of girls who run in a good pack. They push each other."
Herman was pushing the leaders at last week's race. She finished in third place with a time of 19:42. That put her behind only St. Mary's junior Fiona Lenth, who won with a mark of 19:28, and Tualatin senior Kaitlyn Gearin, who was second at 19:37.
"It was pretty good," Herman said. "I lost it at the end, the last 400. I felt like I started off a little too fast."
Also for the Tigard girls, junior Isabelle Ford was 15th with a time of 20:54, senior Molly Kerns was 18th at 20:56, sophomore Abbigale Elliott was 26th at 21:31, sophomore Haley Cabrera was 31st at 21:56 and senior Elizabeth Brands was 34th at 22:45.
"This race was really fun," Herman said. "I don't love middle-of-the-week races, because you have to go to school the next day, but this was OK."
The Tigard teams will be back in action on Friday, when they run at the Fred Berkley XC Invite, which will be held at Camp Magruder in Tillamook.
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