Northwest XC Review 3
(for the week ending on Sat. Aug. 29th)

The early season saw harriers from Oregon & Idaho join their compatriots from Alaska,  as the best aim for the Mecca of the Foot Locker National meet in San Diego.

Alaska State Preview
This Saturday  race on the Bartlett Trails in Anchorage provided both a noteworthy upset in the gals' race and affirmation in that of the guys.   Ty Jordan of Chugiak  won again and looks to be the favorite to replace the graduated Levi Thomet.  His time of 15:42 gave him a six second margin over Gus Schumacher of Service.   West Anchorage runner Finn Walker also impressed with his 15:58 clocking, while Derek Steele of South Anchorage followed in fourth.  Finishing fifth  eight seconds later was Keith Osowski of Kodiak, who ran 16:18,  Tracen Knopp of Colony came in sixth with 16:21 & Hunter Kratz of Seward placed  seventh with 16:25.  Rounding out the top ten were Jacob Walsh of Eagle River (16:28), Russ Enlow of Unalaska (16:31) and Michael Parnell of Kodiak (16:34).

Molly Gellert of West Anchorage pulled off the surprise of the early season with her defeat of two time State champion Briahna Gerlach of Glenallen. She was a facile winner with 18:42and the only female to break nineteen minutes.  Morgan Lash of South Anchorage ran a fine race to claim second in 19:06, while Gerlach followed with a third place effort of 19:22.  Ruby Woodings of palmer garnered fourth with 19:27 giving her a second to spare over Emma Sees of Chugiak. Jill Bowker of Colony was credited with 16:29 as well & Joyce Calvert of Kenai was seventh with 16:29.  Fiona Fick of West came in 8th with 16:48 and led Ruby Lindquist (19:50) & Ithaca Bergholtz (16:52) who both represented Chugiak.

Interior Invitational
Kevin Brune of Lathrop led his team to victory over West Valley and scored an individual triumph with his time of 17:34. The race at Birch Hill in Fairbanks saw Keel Simon of West take second in 17:39 but Logan Mowry & Enoch Porter of Lathrop pretty much sealed the team deal with their third & fourth place efforts. Jenna Difolco topped the girls with her clocking of 21:08, as West Valley runners swept seven of the first eight places.  Grace Marks of West ran 21:11 for second but Lupua Oba of Lathrop stopped the string with her third place effort of 21:44.  Emily Maynard (22:10) then led a parade of  five WV runners with her time of 22:10.

Wilsonville  Night Meet
This meet was run on Thursday at Wilsonville High at a distance of only 3K and evidenced West Linn Lion Roman Ollar as the swiftest runner of the day with a time of 8:47.  Murimi Nyamu of Forest edged Grayson Ollar of West by a second with 8:53, while Luis Torres was a distant fourth in the senior Boys division with a time of 9:02. Henry Mong of Franklin led the Junior Boys with 9:17 thereby securing a victory by two seconds over Andy Muha of Sunset.  Jerik Embleton of Marist topped the sophomores with 9:27 & Ethan Reese of Sunset topped the Freshmen Race with 9:59.

Rennie Kendrick scored in the Senior girls race with her time of 10:47.6 but it is noteworthy that Grant did not run its leader Ella Donaghu. Alyssa Foote  of Aloha finished second in  10:50.1 & Maddie Fuhrman of Silverton ran 11:05.4 to take third.      Annika Steele of Lincoln  won the Junior Girls' race  with 10:50, and Johanna Briscoe of West Linn placed second with 11:09.  Linnaea Kavulich of Scappoose earned a twelve second victory by clocking 11:09 and Ember Stratton of Sunset was easily the best of the Freshman with her mark of 10:11.

Portland Catholic Preview
This 4K was held in West Linn with Makenna Schumacher of Jesuit getting the victory over her teammate Elizabeth Rinck by three seconds with her time of `4:35.  Lacey Conner of St. Mary's garnered third in `4:51. Hallie DeVore supported the triumphant Crusaders with the fourth place in 14:56. It is noteworthy that the three Jesuit leaders were all freshmen. Joshua Schumacher, a sophomore, led Jesuit to victory with his time of 12:29.22. Jesuit also got a second from Max Hite who ran 12:41. Zack Lavier led second place Central Catholic with his time of 12:51.

Jimmy Driscoll Classic
Kari Taylor of Capital improved over her time run last year at State by over minute, as she won this 5K held at Bishop Kelly.  Eve Jensen of Boise was second in 18:37 and Reagan Badger of Mountain View followed in third with18:46.  Katie Weedin of Centennial just missed breaking the barrier by running nineteen flat.   Audrey Rustad of Boise took fourth with 19:19 and Carli Corpus led victorious Rocky Mountain with her fifth place effort in 19:28.

Noah Horsburgh (15:51.00) of Mountain View (ID)  and  Michael Slagowski  (16:01.30) of Rocky Mountain were the top returnees from State last year & they finished in that order in the year 's first meet. Joe Petty of MV, who placed only 36 at State, made a huge improvement by placing third 16:10 - a 40 second improvement over his State time.  Jacob Davis of Capital took third in 16:12.10 & Porter Wilkes of  Vallivue followed in fourth with 16:15.

Camels Back Classic
It harkened back to the halcyon days of Sawyer Bosch & Sean Huey, when Siyad Matan (16:54.6) & Abdi Maqtal (17:10.59) led Borah to victory at Camelsback Park in Boise. Ty Mills of  Kuna placed  third in 17:20. Eagle got a 1 - 2 finish from McKenna Emerson & Diana Holmberg, who finished a second apart with the former winning in 19:02.  Brittney Hansen (19:25) & Mia Klopfenstein of Meridian placed third & fourth respectively with times of 19:25 & 19:27.

Twin Falls/Jerome Invitational
Cannon Leavitt, a sophomore from  Twin Falls won this 5K in 17:49 with Dallon Suitter of Jerome finishing second in 18:09.  Abby Hurst of Blackfoot annexed the girls' crown in 21:26 & her team mate Michelle Pratt placed second in 21:32.

Around the Nation

Cheyenne Mountain Stampede
There were around 1,300 runners at the Norris Penrose Center on Friday to try out the new course, where the State meet will be held later this year.  It is not a new venue but rather an altered course, which was the result of whining by some course that the former hill was just too daunting. Times therefore were a bit misleading, and, of course, the old records were sort of set aside
given the new look. Katie Rainsberger lived up to her billing as one of the finest female preps in the nation with an easy triumph in the Girls 4A race.  Her time of 18:10 saw her finish 48 seconds before Kayla Young of Denver North.  Young had a large amount of space  between her & third place finisher Reagan Hausmann of Valor, who ran 19:27.  Chantae Steele of Classical Academy placed fourth in 19:34 & Lauren Offerman of Mountain View came in fifth with 19:46, while Mikayla Gaffney of Silver Creek was the final runner in the division to get under nineteen minutes as she placed sixth in 19:59.  Officials had seventeen different races, so the talent pool was watered down so Catherine Liggett of Legend was not pressed as she claimed the 5A raise with her mark of 18:35.  Kacey Doner finished alone in second with nineteen minutes flat, while  Luna Slater of Poudre was a distant third with 19:37. Lily Tomasula-Martin of Estes Park  scored in the 3A division with a time of 19:36, which saw her finish almost a minute in front of her closest rival. Soleil Gaylord of  Telluride topped the  2A field with  21:31.9. For both Gaylord & Martin it was their second triumphs in the event.

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Ben Dingmanof Rampart recorded the fastest time of the day, when he sped home in a time of 15:48.  Bryan Bird of Rocky Mountain gave chase & made it one of the closest races of the day, when he finished in 16:05. Connor McCabe earned third in 16:35, which gave him a three second margin over Ernie Franssen of Pomona. Taking fifth was Harrison Scudamore of Denver East, who clocked 16:39, as he nipped Scott Johnson of Legend by a second.

Tanner Norman of Classical Academy scored in the 5A race with a fine 16:09 & Maximilliano Martinez  of Widefield ran 16:25 with Luc Hagen of Air Academy placed third in 16:32.  Jake Rogers of Lamar scored in the 3A race with 17:09 and Jack Plantz of Telluride claimed the 2A division with a time of 17:01.

Cherry Creek Steve Lohman Invitational
It  has long been coaches reminder to their runners that ever runner counts & that adage was in evidence, when Cherry Creek was victorious over Monarch due to the sixth runner tie breaker. Monarch's Holly Bent was the individual winner with her time of 19:01 for 5K but her team was tied with Cherry Creek after the total of each team's top five had been calculated. So the final verdict came down thanks to the 25th  place finish of Hannah Mimmack of Cherry Creek, who was timed in 21:03. Savanna Dalton of Castle View finished second with 19:03. Debon Peterson clocked 19:14 & her Cherry Creek team mate Lillian Markusch followed in 4th  hree second later.

The Monarch boys won handily as Cherry Creek was a distant second by a margin of 52 to 83. Ben Hogan, also from Monarch, finished second with 16:35, while Jeremy Romero of Heritage followed in third with 16:37.  Cherry Creek was led by the fourth place effort of Kyle Moran, who ran 16:49.

Great Meadows XC Invitational
Fitsum Seyoumof Tuscarora  flew over the Plains course in a brisk 15:46 to defeat Saurav Velleleth of Thomas Jefferson by 25 seconds. Andrew Carlin of New Kent was third in 16:02 with Nate Foss of TJ following four seconds later.  Emma Wolcott of Tuscarora topped the girls in 18:53 & Georgie Mackenzie of Heritage (Leesburg) finished second in 19:13.

North Carolina
Providence Invitational
Libby  Davidson, a Foot Locker national finalist in 2014, started her season right with a victory here with a time of 18:09.  Surprisingly her greatest challenge was presented by 8th grader Jessica  Crowley, who ran 18:16.  Crowley must be a precocious talent as she defeated Elly Henes, who was finalist in the Mud Bowl last fall in Portland. The senior from Green Hope is the daughter of Bob Henes & Laurie Gomez Henes, who are both former Foot Locker finalists.  Sophomore Carter Marchbanks of Riverside finished fourth in 18:37 & Savannah Jones of Broughton took fifth in 18:38. Mitchell Resor of Weddington scored in the guys' race  by clocking 15:23 & Zachary Marchinko of Carson garnered second in 15:31. Third & fourth place honors went to Alex Cornwell, a senior from Hickory Ridge  and Matt Conner of Weddington, who ran 15:34 & 15:36 respectively. Nelson Russ of Mount Tabor earned fifth in 15:38.

Tiger Run (St Xavier)
Cole Dowdy of South Oldham & Matt Thomas of Xavier broke away from the pack & dueled each other down the stretch with Dowdy winning by three seconds with a time of 15:41.  Alena Sapienza-Wright of  duPont Manual  easily claimed the girls' title in   18:26. Kaitlyn Lacy was the only other girl to break nineteen minutes (18:40) as she placed second.