Sherwood runners cap strong season at state
The Sherwood High School boys and girls cross country teams ran strong all season, as both Bowmen squads claimed Pacific Conference dual meet and district meet championships.
So, it should be no surprise that the Sherwood teams continued to run strong at the Class 6A state championships.
"We are so incredibly proud of our teams' performances at state," Sherwood coach Dave Kilian said.
The Bowmen squads each stepped up at the Class 6A state meet, held Nov. 9 at Lane Community College in Eugene.
The Sherwood boys, in fact, came oh-so-close to earning a trophy at the Class 6A state meet, as they finished fifth in the team standings (the top four teams get trophies), with a score of 124 points, putting the Bowmen just two points behind fourth-place Central Catholic.
"The boys ran with inspiration," Kilian said. "And, while earning a trophy at the state meet would have been a beautiful capstone, Central Catholic, Sunset, Jesuit and Franklin deserved their accolades and races as inspired as we did, and we can do nothing but honor and congratulate their similarly amazing performances."
Senior Thomas Osborne led the way for the Sherwood boys at the state meet. Osborn finished in 16th place, individually, with a time of 15 minutes, 36.5 seconds for the 5,000-meter course.
"Thomas Osborne set the tone with his leadership and determination as we prepared for the race," Kilian said. "And, once the gun fired, he went out on a mission and the rest of the team followed him."
Junior Ismael Alvares also had a strong race for the Bowmen. Alvares finished in 25th place with a time of 15:46.3. Sherwood sophomore Jeffery Rogers was close behind placing 29th at 15:48.6. Senior Nate Hicken was just two place back of Rogers, finishing 31st in a time of 15:52.3.
Also for the Bowmen, senior Jaron Homer was 40th at 15:57.9, sophomore James Crabtree was 47th at 16:04.0 and sophomore Ethan Sturdivant was 51st at 16:07.7.
"This Sherwood team would trophy in any other year at the state meet, and would likely win on some of those seasons," Kilian said. "Our boys also had the tightest spread within our No. 1 through No. 5 runners in the state at 21 seconds. And according to Central Catholic's coach (Dave Frank) who is a good friend of ours, he pointed out to Coach (Jon) Mantalas and I, that we had the fastest No. 5 runner, No. 6 runner, and No. 7 runner in the entire state at any classification level."
Franklin senior Aidan Palmer was the individual winner of the Class 6A boys race with a time of 15:04.9. Franklin junior Charlie Robertson finished second with a mark of 15:06.6.
Franklin won the Class 6A boys team championship with a score of 62 points. Jesuit was second at 101.
The Sherwood girls finished in 12th place in the team standings at the state championships with a score of 323 points, putting the Lady Bowmen just one point behind 11th-place Bend.
"For the girls to finish 12th was such a great achievement for them and a testament to the hard work they have put in ever since the state meet ended last season," Kilian said. "This team would have finished in the top 10 in nearly every season with racing like they had on Saturday. This is amazing growth from a team that graduated some very strong ladies last year after an 18th-place finish."
Sophomore Taylor Card, the Pacific Conference champion, paced the Sherwood girls at the state meet. Card finished in 55th place with a time of 19:29.4.
Sophomore Kari Eddington also race strong for the Lady Bowmen, finishing 60th in a time of 19:37.4. Sherwood junior Mckenzie Abiley wasn't far behind, placing 77th with a mark of 20:05.4.
Also for the Lady Bowmen, junior Brooke Smith was 81st at 20:15.6, junior Maia Oliver was 82nd at 20:15.9 and senior Vanessa Van Winkle was 110th at 20:49.2.
"To see the growth of each one, and the number of lifetime-best races these girls had was simply beautiful," Kilian said. "Each of our top five finishers set personal records and all five of them ran times that put them on the Sherwood High School All-Time Top-10 State Meet Record Board. Our girls had the second tightest spread from the No. 1 through No. 5 runners in the state meet at 46 seconds."
Summit senior Fiona Max was the individual winner of the Class 6A girls race with a time of 16:51.8. Lincoln freshman Kate Peters was second at 17:01.0.
Summit won the Class 6A team championship with a score of 41 points. Jesuit was second with a score of 80.
Meanwhile, the Sherwood teams certainly seem to have plenty to rejoice about as they look back at the 2019 season.
"As a coaching staff and as a team, we can do nothing short of celebrating this season," Kilian said. "We had a preseason goal to win the conference and perform well at state, but to do so in the manner in which we did it is surreal. Our boys and girls teams were undefeated in Pacific Conference dual meets (varsity and JV both), and then each squad scored 25 or less at the district meet to cement as good a season as any coach could dream of. We had gains from nearly every athlete during the season, with 75 of our athletes setting at least one personal-best time during the season."
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