West Linn girls run to 13th at Class 6A state cross country
There were some high points — and some "other" points — for the West Linn girls cross country team at state.
The Lions — running in the 2018 Class 6A state championship meet at Lane Community College on Saturday — had to battle the state's best teams, injury and illness, but still finished 13th in the 21-team field. The Lions finished 13th with 370 points — one place better than their state finish a year ago.
"Overall, we were hoping to be about 10th or 11th, but (Moya Moses') hurt leg and (Makenna Kellogg's) illness put that goal just beyond reach," said West Linn coach Jay Schrotzberger. "It was an improvement over last year's showing, so we're taking that as our positive take-away, knowing that if we were 100 percent healthy, we could have definitely placed even higher."
Summit won the girls state championship with 39 points, followed by Jesuit at 68, Lincoln at 147, St Mary's Academy at 156 and Sunset at 159 in the top five. Rounding out the meet's top 10 were Wilson at 206, South Eugene at 208, Tualatin at 218, Franklin at 240 and South Salem at 284.
The Lions were led Saturday by Moses, a junior, who fought through a leg injury to place 44th with a time of 19:38.
"(She) was battling a slightly injured leg and ran as hard as she could on the day, but her leg kept her from really letting loose and running as fast a time as she's capable of," Schrotzberger said.
Junior Alyssa Rowe placed next for West Linn, finishing 66th at 20:07, followed by senior Chantel Florendo (she was 76th with a 20:21), freshman Maddie Meyer (96th at 20:47) and sophomore Makenna Kellogg (133rd with a 21:40).
"Alyssa Rowe had another great race and finished just over the 20-minute mark with senior Chantel Florendo another 14 or 15 seconds behind her," Schrotzberger said. "Both girls have been remarkably consistent all season long with solid performances at each race.
"Maddie Meyer was our fourth finisher, and like Alyssa and Chantel, she has been reliably in the 20:20-20:45 range depending on the course. She's a fierce competitor that ran a bunch of girls down in the final 300 meters of the race."
Kellogg, meanwhile, saw her time and place hampered by illness on the day of the race.
"(She was) battling an illness and had an off day as a result," Schrotzberger said. "She is usually right there with Maddie, but the strength she needed for that just wasn't there on Saturday and she slid a bit off of Maddie's pace in the final half of the race."
Also running varsity for the Lions were junior Gabriella McVicker (she was 144th with a time of 22:23) and senior Sarah Whitbey (148th at 22:34).
Jesuit junior Makenna Schumacher took the individual title with a winning time of 17:45, followed Sunset's Kelly Makin at 17:52, Jesuit's Alexis Kebbe at 17:53, Sprague's Kaylee Mitchell at 18:04 and Jesuit's Kelsey Gripekoven at 18:10 in the day's top five.
The complete team scores were: Summit 39, Jesuit 68, Lincoln 147, St Mary's Academy 156, Sunset 159, Wilson 206, South Eugene 208, Tualatin 218, Franklin 240, South Salem 284, Aloha 340, South Medford 357, West Linn 370, McMinnville 381, Forest Grove 418, Sheldon 419, Mountain View 427, Sherwood 431, Central Catholic 437, Clackamas 562 and David Douglas 569