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Both Bowmen squads improve to 3-0 in Pacific Conference cross country events

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - The Sherwood High School boys cross country team, shown here in a meet earlier this season, beat both McMinnville and Liberty to improve to 3-0 in Pacific Conference meets.The Sherwood High School cross country squads just keep right on rolling.

The Bowmen boys and girls teams both swept McMinnville and Liberty in a Pacific Conference double dual meet held Sept. 25 at Sherwood High School.

The Sherwood boys defeated Liberty 15-49, and they got a 15-47 victory over McMinnville to improve to 3-0 in conference meets.

Sherwood senior Nate Ficken ran to victory in the boys race with his time of 16 minutes, 0.1 seconds for the 5,000-meter course. He was followed by a bunch of his Bowmen teammates.

Sherwood sophomore Jeffery Rogers finished in second place with a mark of 16:19.5. Also for the Bowmen, senior Jaron Homer was third in 16:20.6, sophomore James Crabtree was fourth at 16:21.2, junior Ismael Alvares was fifth at 16:43.1, sophomore Ethan Sturdivant was sixth at 16:57.9 and senior George Westover was 11th at 17:27.0.

The Sherwood girls bested McMinnville 21-39 and they got a 19-39 over Liberty to move to 3-0 in conference competition.

Lady Bowmen junior Kari Eddington took first place in the varsity girls race with a time of 20:28.9. Sherwood junior Mckenzie Abiley was a close second with her mark of 20:30.9.

Also for the Lady Bowmen, junior Brooke Smith was fifth at 20:56.1, senior Vanessa Van Winkle was seventh at 21:08.1, freshman Kaylyn Murphy was 10th at 21:20.0, junior Maia Oliver was 11th at 21:21.3 and freshman Rilyn Blanchard was 14th at 21:57.6.

The Sherwood teams will be back in action on Friday, when they run at the Flat & Fast Invitational, which will be held at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville. On Tuesday, the Bowmen squads will host Newberg and Forest Grove in a Pacific Conference double duel meet. The varsity boys race will start at 5:15 p.m., with the varsity girls race to follow at 5:45 p.m.

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