Tigard freshman Lillian Herman earns state berth
OREGON CITY — Lillian Herman ran strong.
She ran hard. She ran with determination.
And, because of all of that, she gets to run again.
Herman, a Tigard High School freshman, earned the opportunity to run at the Class 6A state cross country championships thanks to a strong performance at the Three Rivers League district meet, held Oct. 30 under sunny skies at Clackamas Community College.
"I'm super excited to make it as a freshman," Herman said. "I just knew I had to keep working hard, and then there would be a possibility."
The top three teams at the district meet, as well as the top seven individuals, if they're not a part of the top three teams, advance to compete at the state championships, which will be held Nov. 9 at Lane Community College in Eugene.
"I'm excited to go," Herman said.
Herman earned her trip to state by running to sixth place in the varsity girls race at the district meet, with her time of 19 minutes, 11.4 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.
Herman got off to a strong start to the race, stayed steady, and then finished strong to get sixth place and earn her trip to the state meet.
"It was a nice day, with good weather," Herman said. "I kept talking to myself, saying, 'you're doing OK, you're doing good.'"
Tigard junior Isabelle Ford and sophomore Abbigale Elliott also had strong races. Ford finished in 20th place with a time of 20:49.4, and Elliott was close in 23rd, with a mark of 20:49.4.
Also for the Tigers, senior Molly Kerns was 37th at 21:20.5, sophomore Haley Cabrera as 43rd at 21:50.5, senior Elizabeth Brands was 48th at 22:07.2 and sophomore Summer Schroeder was 53rd at 23:01.5.
"This was fun today," Herman said. "It was a good way to end the season with my teammates. I had a lot of fun with them."
Tualatin senior Kaitlyn Gearin was the individual winner of the girls race with a time of 18:13.4.
The Tigard girls finished in sixth place in the team standings at the district meet with 129 points. West Linn took first place for the girls with a score of 53. Tualatin was a close second at 55, and Canby was third at 98.
The Tigard boys finished in sixth place in the team standings at the district meet with a score of 128. Tualatin won the district team title with a score of 41. Oregon City was second at 63, and West Linn took third at 69.
Tigard junior Matthew Moller just missed earning a trip to state, as he ran to ninth place in a time of 16:50.7 to lead the way for the Tigers. Tigard junior Lincoln Woodhouse also had a strong race, finishing 14th with a mark of 17:00.0.
Also for the Tigers, junior Alexander Hernandez was 27th at 17:27.8, junior Abdirahim Mohamoud was 38th at 17:54.9, freshman Eli Chesler was 40th at 18:12.7, sophomore Sam Fitzgerald was 41st at 18:15.4 and senior Jesus Rodriguez Sandoval was 48th at 18:46.6.
Tualatin senior Andrew Payton won the individual district championship with his winning time of 16:00.4.
The girls race at the Class 6A state championships is set to start at 2:55 p.m. on Nov. 9, with the boys race to follow at 3:30 p.m.
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