Interior Invitational in Fairbanks, Alaska | Photo by Tim Holoday


Northwest XC 2016 Review #3 for 8/27

Oregon runners joined the Alaskans & a few other states as they competed in their first race of the year. Ember Stratton of Sunset & Ahmed Muhamed showed why they are considered strong State contenders with easy victories in their divisions at the Wilsonville meet. In Alaska Molly Gellert upset State 3A champion Briahna Gerlach, while Gus Schumacher of Service edged Finn Walker of West Anchorage to claim the boys' crown.


Wilsonville Night Meet
Fri Aug 26, 2016
Wilsonville HS Oregn-3K

Ember Stratton of Sunset negotiated the facile Wilsonville 3K course in 10:27, which was easily the fastest time of the day for a female runner. Anna Chau of West Salem placed second behind Stratton in the Sophomore race with 10:52, which was the second swiftest gals' time, and Stephanie Finley of Oregon Episcopal earned third with 10:57. Kelly Makin of Sunset claimed the laurels in the Junior division with 10:56.6 with Taylor Chiotti of Southridge taking second in 11:01. The Senior girls were led by Daisy Dolan of Hood River Valley, who cruised over the Wilsonville course in 10:56, while Delaney Hartman was a reasonably close second with 10:59. Johanna Briscoe followed in third with 11:03. Lucy Huelskamp of Sunset topped the Freshman girls with a clocking of 11:00.1.

Ahmed Muhumed of West Salem showed why he is considered one of the best in the state by cruising to victory with a brisk mark of 8:42. Andy Muha of Sunset followed in second in the Senior Division with 8:54 & Caleb Seely of Wilson took third with 8:59. Jerik Embleton of Marist led the way in the Junior Division with 9:06 & was trailed by the second place effort of Alex Slenning of Wilson, who ran 9:10. Ethan Reese of Sunset scored in the Sophomore race with 9:32 & Quincy Norman was the best of the Freshman with 9:34 for Forest Grove.


Bartlett State Preview
Sat Aug 27
Bartlett HS Anchorage-5K

Runners in this race in Anchorage had the advantage of racing on the course, which will be used for the State meet later this fall. Molly Gellert of West Anchorage pulled a mild surprise by running the Bartlett Trails course in 18:58& thereby upsetting three-time 3A champion Briahna Gerlach of Glenallen, who ran 19:16. Riana Boonstra of Kenai Central finished third with 19:18 & Maggie Meeds of South Anchorage was fourth with 19:25. The Chugiak girls topped the gals from Kenai 85 to 97.

Gus Schumacher of Service & Finn Walker of West Anchorage dueled down the stretch with |Schumacher getting the nod by two seconds with a time of 16:05. Tracen Knopp of Colony placed third with 16:15, as he edged Hunter Kratz of Seward by a second. West Anchorage topped South Anchorage for the Boys Team title 58 to 88.

Interior Invitational
Sat Aug 27
Birch Hill Park Fairbanks, Alaska-5K

Logan Mowry of Lathrop clocked 17:54 to defeat Jack Matherly of Hutchison by seven seconds. Rahab Porter of Lathrop secured the girls' crown with 21:37 with Hailey Williams of Delta Junction finishing second with 21:40.


Camelsback Invitational
Sat, August 27, 2016
Camelsback Park Boise, Idaho- 5K

The race harkened back to the days, when Borah was led by Sean Huey & Sawyer Bosch, as Borah runners swept the top three places at Camelsback Park & five of the top eight. Siyad Matan, who placed fifth last fall at 5A State as a sophomore, annexed the title with a solid early 5K time of 15:52. Abdi Maqtal placed second with 15:36 & Sean Harren added a third place time of 16:48 for Borah. Kalen McNatt of Eagle took fourth & earned honors as the first non-Borah finisher, while Ian Lambert added a fifth place finish for the Lions with 17:38. Borah easily topped Kuna 10 to 59.

Dania Holmberg & McKenna Emerson went 1 - 2 for Eagle and led their squad to a 27 - 7 victory over Borah. Holmberg's winning time was 19:27.06 as she was credited with a very narrow win by .21 seconds. Gemma LaVergne of Emmett earned third with 20:15, while Borah was led by the fourth place effort of Moran French, who clocked 20:33.

Jimmy Driscoll Bandana Invitational
Sat Aug. 27
Bishop Kelly HS Boise Idaho-5K

Freshman Lexy Halladay of Mountain View started off her XC career with a bang with a solid Victory in the Driscoll with a time of 18:25 as she bested her senior teammate Reagan Badger by fifteen seconds. In their wake Kim Taylor of Capital was a distant third with 19:08 & Kortlyn Lowry of MV added a fourth place time of 19:24. Faith Dilmore of Rocky Mountain secured fifth in 19:52.

Austin Byrer of Lewiston, who finished second at State in 5A last fall & is the top returnee, ran 16:03 to earn a three second verdict over Charles Paul of Mountain View. Nicholas Russell of host Bishop Kelly placed third with 16:18 & Joey Perez of Lewiston took fourth with 16:47.

Jerome / Twin Falls Invitational
Fri Aug 26, 2016
Jerome HS Twin Falls, Idaho-5K

Haley Schaeffer & Brinlee Garling of Twin Falls went 1 - 2 in the girls’ 5K with times of 20:29 & 21:00. Cannon Leavitt of Twin Falls led the guys with 17:13 and was supported by the 2 - 3 finish of Cooper & Cache Traveller.

Madison Dash & Splash
Fri. Aug. 26, 2016
Riverside Park Rexburg, Idaho-Madison HS-2 Mile

This race was in divisions with two classes of runners in each race. Rachel Morrin of Madison had the fastest time for the girls, when she won the Junior - Senior girl's race with a time of 12:31 for two miles. Payton Drollinger of Shelley was second in 13:00 & Shaylee Hill of Sugar-Salem placed third with 13:04. Sarenady Price, a freshman from Sugar-Salem won the Freshman - Sophomore race with a time of 13:19.

On the boys side R. Coen Haroldsen captured the Junior-Senior race for Bonneville with a 10:40 clocking. Ryan Barna of Skyline placed second in 10:50 by beating his third place teammate Nick Barna by seven seconds & Harrison Roberts, also from Skyline, ran 19:59 to earn fourth. It was s duel between freshmen in the Freshman - Sophomore division with Stetson Moss of Bonneville getting the nod over Andy Gebhardt of Salmon by one-tenth of a second with his time of 11:12.5.

Around the Nation

Utah Grass Relays
Sat. Aug 27, 2016
Westlake HS Saratoga Springs, Utah-2 Mile

America's preseason favorite male runner, Casey Clinger of American Fork edged his teammate Patrick Parker by a second, as they got their trial of the season. The two-mile distance was covered in 9:43 for the winner. I would note that Clinger needs to run Foot Locker's classic course facing the nation's best runners to be considered champion just as Weini Kelati did last fall. Grant Gardner of Springville finished third in 9:54 & McKay Johns of AF added a fourth place time of 10 flat.

Bingham's Whitney Rich won her second invitational of the campaign with her mark of 11:26, which gave her an eight second margin over Julie Sumsion of Springville. Sara Musselman of American Fork earned third with 11:37 and Haley Tanne of Pleasant Grove took fourth with 12:04, as she nipped Lehi's Katie Struthers, who shared the time.

Utah Pre-Region VIII Meet
Wed. Aug. 24 2016
Spanish Fork Complex Spanish Fork, Utah-5K

Grant Gardner ran a fine early season mark of 15:48 and cruised to victory over the Spanish Fork course. Haydon Cooper of Maple Mountain placed second in 16:00 & Heston Anderson of Spanish Fork claimed third in 16:15.

Julie Sumsion of Springville clocked 18:47 to annex this triumph with ease, as Kina Campbell of Maple Mountain was a distant second in 19:08. Alison Pray of Salem Hills had a mark of 19:12, which was good for third.

Bob Schul Invitational 2016
August 27, 2016
Milton – Union Lowry Track Complex-5K

This race named in honor of the 1964 Olympic 5000 Gold Medalist saw Morgan Gigandet of Troy claim victory by nearly half a minute with a time of 18:13. Rachel Ploeger on Monroe finished second with 18:42, while Allie Zofkie of Wapakoneta was a distant third in 19:22,

Conant Smith of Middletown ran away with the boys race by just dipping under sixteen minutes (15:59) Jackson Siddall of Lebanon was second with 16:25 as he nipped Long Lin of Butler & Ethan Shade of Northmont, who shared the time.

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Great Meadows XC Invitational
Sat. August 27, 2016
The Plains, VA

Led by sophomore Kelsey Chmiel Saratoga launched a successful invasion of Virginia to easily capture the Great Meadows Invitational. Chmiel won easily with a time of 17:36 & was supported by a sweep of placements from fifth through eighth to easily out-distance Oakton 27 - 118. Heather Holt of George C. Marshall ran a fine time of 17:58 & Casey Kendall of Oakton placed third with 19:12. Ava Hassebrock of Tuscarora finished fourth in 19:13 & Ciara Knott led the Saratoga sweep with her fifth place time of 19:23.

Loudoun Valley runners went 1 - 2 in the boys’ race as Peter Norris & Colton Bogucki shared the winning time of 16:04. Derek Johnson of Tuscarora earned third with 16:29 & Duke DiEugenio of Stafford garnered fourth with 16:35. Loudon Valley easily annexed the team trophy with a low of 53 points with a margin of over a hundred.