West Linn boys place 21st at state cross country meet
After a regular season filled with both successes and challenges, the West Linn boys cross country team found more of the same at the Class 6A state cross country meet.
The Lions, competing in the state meet at Lane Community College on Saturday, Nov. 9, tested themselves against Oregon's best, eventually finishing 21st in the 6A field with 489 points.
"It wasn't the team result that they were looking for, but with such a young team, it was a valuable experience to see just what it will take to be competitive at that level," said West Linn coach Jay Schrotzberger.
The Lions, coming off their third-place finish at the Three Rivers League district championship 10 days earlier, might have finished higher, but junior Cole Rogers — he was the team's second-best finisher at district — got tangled up with another runner in the race's first 50 meters, fell and struggled to recover after that.
"We did have one setback when … Cole Rogers fell in the first 50 (meters) after tangling feet with another runner and hurt his left arm and knee," Schrotzberger said. "He ran hard, but it definitely had an effect on his performance, especially late in the race as that early adrenaline wore off and the pain of his injury set in."
The Lions were led at state by senior Dash Lipsey, who ran just a few seconds off the 16-minute mark to finish 48th overall at 16 minutes, 5 seconds. He was followed in West Linn's top five by junior Gabe Lee (82nd in a personal-best time of 16:34.40), Rogers (114th at 17:02.50), senior Elijah Cirioli (136th at 17:27.30) and freshman Stanley Mylet (142nd at 17:34.50).
"(Lee) ran a big PR to finish as our second man, Cole came home as our third runner while senior Eli Cirioli and freshman Stanley Mylet rounded out our scoring five with solid runs," Schrotzberger said.
Sophomore Cavan Mikami ran to 144th at 17:34.90, and sophomore Jason Chitwood placed 15th with a 17:57.80 to round out the Lions' varsity roster.
The complete boys team scores and top-10 finishers are listed below.
Boys Team Scores — 1. Franklin 62; 2. Jesuit 101; 3. Sunset 118; 4. Central Catholic 122; 5. Sherwood 124; 6. South Eugene 177; 7. Summit 204; 8. Clackamas 262; 9. Wilson 265; 10. Lincoln 270; 11. Sheldon 270; 12. Newberg 365; 13. Tualatin 374; 14. McMinnville 400; 15. South Medford 406; 16. Aloha 422; 17. South Salem 427; 18. Bend 433; 19. Reynolds 464; 20. Oregon City 467; 21. West Linn 489.
Boys Top 10 — 1. Aidan Palmer, sr., Franklin, 15:04.90; 2. Charlie Robertson, jr., Franklin, 15:06.60; 3. Quincy Norman, sr., Forest Grove, 15:09.00; 4. Ryan Schumacher, jr., Jesuit, 15:18.60; 5. Abdinasir Hussein, sr., Roosevelt, 15:20.20; 6. Andrew Payton, sr., Tualatin, 15:21.40; 7. Mateo Althouse, jr., Lincoln, 15:21.70; 8. Vincent Mestler, jr., Sheldon, 15:23.70; 9. Liam Kaperick, jr., South Eugene, 15:23.80; 10. Giuliano Scasso, jr., Wilson, 15:24.30.
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