Star senior cracks 18-minute mark in last meet before district championships

by: GREG ARTMAN / FILE - Taryn Rawlings became the first Wilsonville girl to crack the 18-minute mark in a 5,000-meter cross-country race with her 17:59.7 at Sandelie Golf Course.Taryn Rawlings set a new personal best, shattered the school record and took first place out of more than 220 runners.

And she did it all by being ... patient.

The speedy Wilsonville senior didn’t start out in the lead, but she crept towards the front over the course of the 5,000-meter race and blew past her opponents to cross the finish line in 17 minutes 59.7 seconds.

That impressive time earned Rawlings the individual title in the girls cross-country race Oct. 11 at Sandelie Golf Course, where she edged Vancouver (Wash.) Prairie senior Nicole Goecke (18:05.9) by about six seconds.

But Rawlings, who carried the Wildcats to 13th place out of 26 teams, accomplished much more than her fourth victory of the season.

She smashed her previous personal record of 18:35.1, which she set as a freshman in 2010 en route to winning a district title and placing second at the Class 5A state championships.

She crushed the previous Wilsonville school record of 18:25, which was set by Melissa Brown in 2004, becoming the first female athlete in program history to crack the 18-minute mark.

And she delivered a message to her league opponents as she vies for the third Northwest Oregon Conference title of her career. She currently holds the No. 1 ranking in the NWOC, leading second-ranked Liberty sophomore Rachel Khaw by more than 35 seconds.

According to Wildcats coach David Barkley, the leaders in the race at Sandelie Golf Course were on pace to crack the 17-minute mark after one kilometer. Rawlings, though, didn’t fret.

“She spent all 3 miles reeling them in and kicking away from them,” Barkley said.

Rawlings averaged a blazing speed of 10.34 miles per hour in her final race before the district meet, which will be held Oct. 23 at Blue Lake Park in Fairview.

Freshman teammate Haley Prusse, meanwhile, continued her solid season with a personal-best time of 20:50.3. She placed 61st and broke her previous record by more than 45 seconds.

Wilsonville junior Emily Gillett recorded the team’s third score with a career-best 21:05.1. She came in 73rd, trimming her previous record by more than 45 seconds.

Prusse and Gillett ran “excellent races for first-year varsity runners,” Barkley said.

Christie Halverson (21:09.2) and Chloe Tomlinson (21:34.8) rounded out the top five for the Wildcats.

On the boys side, junior Josh Meyer led Wilsonville by placing 21st in a field of more than 250 runners. His time of 16:23.7 eclipsed his previous 5,000-meter best by 36 seconds.

Senior teammate Alex Tomlinson logged a personal-best 17:00.6 to place 63rd, slicing his previous record by more than 30 seconds.

Wildcats junior Carlos Villagomez, whom Barkley called “a rock of consistency for the team this season,” earned the squad’s third-best score with a personal-record 17:02.7.

Sean Tan (17:11.4) and Kody Wilde (17:26.4) rounded out Wilsonville’s top five, helping the school take ninth place out of 32 teams.

West Linn sophomore Roman Ollar won the individual boys title in 15:38.2. Bend-Mountain View swept the team titles.

The event doubled as the Wildcats’ league duels against Liberty, Sherwood, Putnam and Parkrose. The boys defeated all four schools, and the girls topped all but Sherwood.



Oct. 11 at Sandelie Golf Course

BOYS (top 15): 1. Mountain View, 96; 2. Skyview, 116; 3. West Linn, 140; 4. La Salle Prep, 155; 6. Lakeridge, 256; 7. Franklin, 268; 8. Crater, 272; 9. Wilsonville, 323; 10. Glencoe, 335; 11. Tualatin, 359; 12. Valley Catholic, 362; 13. Oregon City, 372; 14. McMinnville, 387; 15. Liberty, 411.

Wilsonville (top five): 21. Josh Meyer, 16:23.7; 63. Alex Tomlinson, 17:00.6; 65. Carlos Villagomez, 17:02.7; 78. Sean Tan, 17:11.4; 103. Kody Wilde, 17:26.4.

GIRLS (top 15): 1. Mountain View, 112; 2. Prairie, 133; 3. Crater, 149; 4. Crescent Valley, 215; 5. Newberg, 230; 6. Lakeridge, 232; 7. Lincoln, 235; 8. Clackamas, 243; 9. Sherwood, 254; 10. Franklin, 256; 11. Heritage, 261; 12. West Salem, 285; 13. Wilsonville, 298; 14. West Linn, 270; 15. Valley Catholic, 414.

Wilsonville (top five): 1. Taryn Rawlings, 17:59.7; 61. Haley Prusse, 20:50.3; 73. Emily Gillett, 21:05.1; 78. Christie Halverson, 21:09.2; 101. Chloe Tomlinson, 21:34.8.

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