America was represented in Scotland today in the second major international cross country event of the year and the Junior Men’s team had a distinctly Northwest look. Four of the six male runners were from either Washington or Oregon. The end result saw a team from Europe, essentially an all-star group, edge the US by a score of 28 to 30. That score is a bit misleading, because the US fielded an exceptionally young team with five of the six members being prep runners and not freshman in college, which is usually the case. Not only that but two of the runners are only juniors this year.
Alexis Mielett of Europe won the 6K race with a time of 19:07 on the Holyrood Park course in Edinburgh, Scotland. He had a seven second margin over Yemaneberhan Crippa, who also represented Europe. Leading the way for the U S was Matthew Maton a junior at Summit High School in Bend, who ran 19:16. He was followed by the fourth place effort of Tanner Anderson, a junior from North Central HS in Spokane, who was credited with the same time. Also supporting the American cause was Kai Wilmot, a senior from North Central, who finished sixth in19:21. Estevan De La Rosa of Arcadia (California) finished seventh in 19:23 and Noah Gade added a tenth place finish for the Yanks with19:27. John Dressel, a junior from Mt. Spokane High, contributed a twelfth place finish in 19:33 to round out the scoring. It was a very impressive showing given the age of the team.
The young ladies from American did not fare as well as runners from Great Britain swept the first three places led by Bobby Clay, who ran 13:59 for 4K. Alex Clay ran 14:03 to garner second & Lydia Turner was third. Lauren Wood was the top American finisher with her sixth place clocking of 14:24. Megan Curham chipped in a tenth place effort with 14:31 and Anne Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley in California was eleventh in 14:32. As noted previously Maxwell has a northwest connection, as she is coached by former Centennial (Oregon) star Rob Collins. Sarah DiSanza came in twelfth with 14:33 & Taylor Manett of the US took fourteenth in 14:37. Allie Buchalski finished out the US scoring in eighteenth place (15:15).