Looking back at Wilsonville's cross country season
With the crossing of the finish line at Lane Community College, the cross country season has come to a close. For Wilsonville, it was a solid season. The team had marked improvement over the course of the season, and head coach David Barkley had some standout male runners, specifically junior Jack Burns and junior Joseph Wilde. On the girls side? Nearly all of the athletes.
"Pretty much everybody in the top 15 (of the girls team) improved by 30 to 45 seconds or more," Barkley said.
And overall, the team did what it set out to do at the beginning of the season: lay claim to the Northwest Oregon Conference titles and to place in state.
"We matched expectations or exceeded expectations this year," Barkley said. "We thought girls could win districts and hoped boys could win districts. We got both of those. We hoped for two top 10 (team) finishes at state and we ended up 6th and 10th."
There is still work to be done though, and Barkley sees potential in the underclassmen of the group.
"To turn the corner from being a district level team to a state placing team we will need the girls to stick with their current trend and keep consistent," Barkley said. "We are on track and improving, we just need to get another 30 seconds a runner to be a solid in the trophy team, instead of an almost in the trophies team. For the boys, it will take some of our younger guys to understand that they are really close to being very good runners. We have several young guys that could take on big roles next year if they put in the time to get ready for next year."
To cap off the season, the teams were also superb students in the classroom, something Barkley was proud of.
"We have a great group of student-athletes," Barkley said. "The girls grade point average was 3.96 and the boys over 3.6. We always get good students, but this group is extra in that regard."