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Wilsonville girls place third, boys fourth at 5A championship Saturday at Lane Community College

PMG PHOTO: SOOBUM IM - Wilsonville senior Samantha Prusse finished second at the Class 5A girls cross country state meet.

For just the second time in school history, Wilsonville's girls and boys cross country teams brought home trophies from the Class 5A cross country state championships.

Wilsonville's girls, expected to finish a distant fourth or fifth behind Corvallis and Hood River Valley, placed third, only two points behind HRV and six points behind state champion Corvallis.

"They are competitors," Wilsonville coach David Barkley said. "They raced for every single point."

Senior Samantha Prusse led the pack, finishing second out of 90 runners in a personal best time of 18 minutes, 5.7 seconds.

"Samantha has been a dominant runner for us," Wilsonville cross country coach David Barkley said. "The league is happy to see her graduate this year. She has been a great leader and teammate for us. We knew she had a shot to win. The upside is that it probably gives her a little bit more fire for track season."

Gabriella Prusse and Sydney Burns finished ninth and 11th, also running personal bests in 18:46 and 18:54.3.

"Gabby's and Sydney's races were fantastic," Barkley said. "You just knew coming into the race that those two were going to smash. They are such excellent competitors."

Sarah Somerscales and Fiona Dunn placed 24th and 31st in 19:35.5 and 19:53.8, both PRs.

"We asked a lot of them coming into this race and they responded," Barkley said. "Gabby, Sydney, Sarah, and Fiona all ran huge PRs to put us in that spot. If any one of them runs a good race instead of great race, we would have been out of the trophies."

Wilsonville's boys rallied to edge The Dalles by seven points to place fourth.

"We knew three teams should be ahead of the boys coming into state and that there were four teams that would all be within a few seconds of each other for the final trophy spot," Barkley said. "At mile 1, we were 40-plus points out of fourth place. At mile 2, we were 19 points out of the trophies. With half a mile to go we were still about six places outside. They ran really smart races. and gutted it out over the last few minutes. The entire group of boys ran excellent races. It was fun to watch a group compete so well that had no seniors."

Mason Weisgerber led the group, finishing 19th in 16:26.3, the fastest time ever by a Wilsonville freshman at the state meet.

Sophomore Jake McClelland, who has battled minor injuries all season, placed 20th in 16:27.1. Junior Ben Sheirbon, who has also overcome an injury, took 28th in 16:34.9. Junior Josh Aguilar finished 39th in 16:51.7.

Sebastian Pinger, another Wilsonville junior, placed 41st in 16:56.7.

"Sebastian finished the race really well," Barkley said. "He passed several folks in the last 400 meters, all points we needed to trophy."

Derek Wiley
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