West Linn girls run to ninth at Class 6A state cross country
The West Linn girls cross country had already trained so hard, competed so well and accomplished so much, it almost seemed unfair to ask the Lions to do more.
But West Linn, competing in the Class 6A state cross country meet at Lane Community College on Saturday, Nov. 9, went out and went at it hard again.
The Lions, coming off their Three Rivers League district championship 10 days earlier, stepped up and ran to ninth place in the 21-team field finishing with 302 points. Summit won the team title with 41 points, followed by Jesuit's 80 and Lincoln's 85.
"We had a pretty solid day at the state meet on Saturday," said West Linn coach Jay Schrotzberger. "Our girls ran really well with five of our seven runners setting (personal records)."
The Lions were led by senior Alyssa Rowe and sophomore Maddie Meyer, with Rowe running to 47th place with a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 5.90 seconds and Meyer placing 49th in a PR of 19:15.20.
Sophomore Kate Sousley finished next for the Lions in 59th place with a PR of 19:35.10, followed by freshman Meg DeVall in 70th with a 19:56.00, junior Makenna Kellogg in 104th at 20:40.10, freshman Shyan Hargis in 107th with a 20:43.80, and sophomore Ava Rodriguez in 108th at 20:43.90.
"It was a big ask of them to dig that deep again on Saturday after pulling off such a big win at the district meet the week prior," Schrotzberger said. "At the start line, I gathered them up just before the gun went off and told them that they had put together a fantastic season and that it was time to cap it off with one last big effort and they came through.
"Our goal for the girls was a top-10 finish and they accomplished that. Given the insanely high quality of the girls' field, it was a big achievement that they are all really proud of."
The complete girls team scores and top-10 finishers are listed below.
Girls Team Scores — Summit 41; 2. Jesuit 80; 3. Lincoln 85; 4. South Eugene 139; 5. Sunset 168; 6. Wilson 206; 7. Franklin 223; 8. Tualatin 240; 9. West Linn 302; 10. Grants Pass 313; 11. Bend 322; 12. Sherwood 323; 13. Central Catholic 337; 14. Aloha 368; 15. Canby 398; 16. McKay 415; 17. Roseburg 436; 18. McMinnville 523; 19. Liberty 535; 20. Barlow 557; 21. Clackamas 569.
Girls Top 10 — 1. Fiona Max, sr., Summit, 16:51.80; 2. Kate Peters, fr., Lincoln, 17:01.00; 3. Teaghan Knox, so., Summit, 17:10.30; 4. Chloe Foerster, sr., Jesuit, 17:15.20; 5. Madison Elmore, sr., South Eugene, 17:35.90; 6. Alexis Kebbe, sr., Jesuit, 17:41.10; 7. Kaiya Robertson, so., Franklin, 17:44.60; 8. Autumn Ost, jr., Franklin, 17:45.20; 9. Fiona Lenth, jr., Sr. Mary's 17:46.00; 10. Kaitlyn Gearin, sr., Tualatin, 17:48.60.
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