Adidas XC Classic

This past weekend we saw some great performances. Andrew Gardner of Mead eclipsed Trevor Dunbar’s course record with a time of 14:45, while freshman Ella Donaghu out-kicked the South Eugene duo of Sara Tsai and Erin Clark, to also set a new course record in 17:32.

When Gardner was asked about Dunbar’s record, he wasn’t sure if he had broken it or not, he said he didn’t know what it was, and that he “just wanted to come out and run hard today.”

The team battles were just as impressive. The 5a powerhouse Summit used a 2nd, 3rd, and 6th place finish by its top three runners to secure a victory over the 2011 4a State Champs, Siuslaw.

In the girls race Grant narrowly defeated South Eugene with a score of 90-93. Both teams are looking for a state title, unfortunately, Jesuit, who is our top ranked school did not attend the meet. Will either of the two public schools be able to offset Jesuit’s depth come November?

The top 6a boys School was South Eugene who finished 8th. Reilly Bloomer led the Axemen running 15:55 in only his second race of the season.

The Adidas field proved to be a great state preview for the 5a boys. Going into the race we had the #1Summit, #2 Hermiston, #3 Cleveland, #5 Wilsonville, #6 Mountain View, ready to face off head to head. Summit continues to prove that they are the best 5a boys team in the state this past weekend. Hermiston gave a valiant effort, and if their five guy can close, they could scare Summit. Mountain View ran terrific beating Cleveland and Wilsonville as Dakota Thornton led the way running 15:57. The #4 ranked Franklin squad did not attend and Cleveland appeared to be missing a couple of varsity guys.

Hermiston’s Maggie Coleman ran a time of 18:03, which now leads all of 5a.

Siuslaw ran one of the best races the state has ever seen from a “small school” stand point. When considering the old 3a classification which is predominantly the new 4a, I’m confident in saying that this years team is the best we have ever seen. The scary thing about Siuslaw is, they didn’t run perfect this weekend. Their normal five guy appeared to have had an off race. Running for Siuslaw was Matthew Campbell 15:38, Mitchell Butler 15:43, Mack Marbas 15:47, Hayden Schaffner 16:18, and Brian Schofield 16:52, who rounded out their top five.

Klamath Union’s girls destroyed the rest of the 4a field on their way to continuing to prove they are one of the best teams in the state regardless of classification.

East Linn Christian #1 ranked boys team in 3a/2a/1a was also in attendance. They finished third in the Varsity Invitational behind Crater and Wilson.

This meet was absolutely stacked. Let’s look at just Oregon teams and individuals for a second. No one knows what will happen at the 2012 State meet come November, but it’s very possible we just witnessed many state champions this past weekend. Team wise we had the #1 ranked boys teams Summit (5a), Siuslaw (4a), East Linn Christian (3a/2a/1), and also the #1 ranked 4a girls schools in Klamath Union.

There were also many individual title contenders...

- Travis Neuman Summit (5a)
- Matthew Maton Summit (5a)
- Nick Obletz Oregon Episcopal (3a/2a/1a) - Matthew Campbell Siuslaw (4a)
- Jonathan Cornish North Valley (4a)
- Mitchell Butler Siuslaw (4a)
- Julian Heninger Lakeridge (6a)
- Reilly Bloomer South Eugene (6a)

-Ella Donaghu Grant (6a)
-Sara Tsai South Eugene (6a)
-Erin Clark South Eugene (6a)
- Maggie Coleman Hermiston (5a)
- MaryKate McGuire Dallas (5a)
- Grace Grim Hood River Valley (5a) - Katy Potter Siuslaw (4a)
- Alisha Luna Klamath Union (4a)

Once the season is over, it will be fun to look back and see how many state champions ran this past weekend.