PHOTOS


15TH ANNUAL NORTHWEST CROSS COUNTRY CLASSIC

5 K September 22, 2007

at LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, EUGENE, OR.

by Leo Collins

Lane County Community College once again hosted the Northwest Classic and runners from Oregon & California were able to reconnoiter the State Meet course. Although the temperature was quite comfortable, stiff winds made the course more of a challenge than usual. As usual the runners started near the baseball diamond and ran about 300 meters towards the hill on the far side of the track. As they raced up the hill Erin Jones of Hood River & Tate Murray of Lake Oswego held a very short lead over Taylor Wallace of Henley & Natalie Sojka of Mt. Shasta. Just behind lurked Amelia Yeager of Crescent Valley plus Aria Hemphill of Ashland & Sarah Auer of CV. The tone of the race had already been set by this time as these runners slowly drew away from their competitors.

Once they had crested the top of the hill they wound their way from the track to the far side of the soccer field. The top four opened up about a 5 yard leader over Yeager, who led a second group. At the mile mark Jones led with a time of 5:56. By the time she had ascended the hill for the second time she held about a 15 meter lead over Wallace, whose coach was telling her she was right where she needed to be. Trailing another 5 or so meters behind were Murray & Sojka who had the same gap over Yeager. Behind them was a line of separated runners led by Yeager & then Hemphill & Auer. The half way point was reached in just about 9 minutes flat.

In spite of the wind Jones led bravely into it & on the second lap on the back side of the course Wallace began to regain lost ground. Reaching the far side of the diamond the Henley star loomed just off of Jones’ shoulder & the race was joined. From there they ascended the hill together & raced on in unison above the track & then above the soccer field. They battled the last lap & were still together as they made the turn by the old pond and headed toward the track. Wallace gained the lead shortly before she reached the track and slowly drew away for 7 second victory. Jones easily took 2nd by almost a half minute with Tate Murray placing 3rd. Sojko finished 4th, while Yeager, Hemphill & Auer followed. Lorine Cruz of Grants Pass placed 8th & Maggie Strong of Mt. Shasta & Latane Cox of Lake Oswego rounded out the top ten.

For Wallace the race certainly vindicated her decision to drop volleyball to take up cross country. She defeated the best runners in Oregon & Washington in track last spring & her effort today bodes well for her future. She had intended to go earlier but was not feeling at her best, though it was hard to tell. She should only get stronger, which makes her goal of reaching Footlocker a believable dream. In the team race Crescent Valley’s Yeager & Auer were backed up well by Lizzy Vitello & Mackenzie Entrikin who took 15th & 16th. Claire Krizan & Maddy Entrikin added 27th & 28th place finishes to easily win the championship. Hemphill & Haley Beal led Ashland to a 2nd place finish.

If the wind was stiff for the girls, the guys had it even worse. The wind was so strong at times that the tents, which had been set up on the side, looked like they might soon blow away & for that reason no one was willing to push alone into the wind. A large pack led slightly by Elliott Jantzer of Phoenix crested the hill with everyone packed closely together. Included in that group were Mark Miner of Ashland, Leo Castillo of Hood River, Jacob Goertz of Oregon City, Elijah Greer of Lake Oswego, Max Long of Oakridge, who had won the Silver Falls meet, Connor Kasler of Hidden Valley, Max Peterson of Klamath Union, Russell Drummond of Churchill & Kian Banks of Saratoga.

There was no change as they raced above the soccer field but by the time they had completed the first lap the lead group had been reduced to just four runners: Jantzer, Miner, Castillo & Goertz. By the old pond they had opened up a five meter lead over Greer & Long who held the same margin over Kasler & then Peterson. Jantzer began to make a break, noting later he had no intention of taking on the wind alone any earlier, as he went down the hill towards the baseball diamond and by the time he had completed the second lap he held a good 20 meter lead. Behind him Mark Miner tried to hang with him, which allowed him to open up a five yard gap over Castillo. Further back were Greer, Long & Kasler.

The racers kept the same positions until they raced up the hill on the last lap. Jantzer remained in the lead but Castillo made a move that moved him into second place. He pulled away from Miner & then determined to catch the leader. The lead, which had stretched to a good 25 meters, began to slowly shrink. The Hood River runner was only 20 meters down when he reached the diamond for the last time. He cut the lead to probably about 15 meters by the time he reached the start. Many fans began to think that Castillo might overtake Jantzer but up ahead his friends were yelling: He’s coming. With that the Phoenix flyer opened up his stride and once on the track really opened up to regain a fair amount of the ground that Castillo had worked so hard to gain. The winning time of 16:04 is a bit hard to assess as the wind was so strong but he will be a force to reckon with at State. Castillo placed 2nd 11 seconds behind while Miner edged Goertz for 3rd. Greer t ook 5th ahead of Long while Kasler, Peterson, Drummond & Banks rounded out the top ten.

Ashland won the team battle with a total of 88 points & Lake Oswego earned 2nd. Third place went to Hidden Valley while Crescent Valley was just behind in 4th. Only 6 points separated second & fourth place.

INVITATIONAL GIRLS TEAM RESULTS

Crescent Valley 4 6 13 14 25 (26) (45) = 62

Ashland 5 18 28 33 34 (53) (65) = 118

Mt. Shasta 3 7 17 44 61 (76) = 132

Lake Oswego 2 8 24 48 62 (67) = 144

Wilsonville 15 21 30 35 54 (55) (69) = 155

Phoenix 19 22 23 27 78 (84) (85) = 169

7 Sheldon 16 36 38 42 57 (79) = 189

8 Southridge 10 41 43 46 52 (64) = 192

9 Marshfield 20 31 32 47 63 (66) (68) = 193

10 Roseburg 11 29 49 51 56 (70) (75) = 196

11 Klamath Union 9 37 58 60 72 = 236

12 Henley 1 50 71 73 89 (91) = 284

13 Illinois Valley 39 40 59 86 87 (88) (90) = 311

14 Oregon City 12 74 77 80 81 (82) (83) = 324

Indiviudal Girls RESULTS

1 347 Taylor Wallace Henley 11 18:55

2 386 Erin Jones Hood River Valley 11 19:02

3 572 Tate Murray Lake Oswego 10 19:31

4 689 Natalie Sojka Mt. Shasta 12 19:42

5 230 Amelia Yeager Crescent Valley 12 19:47

6 126 Aria Hemphill Ashland 12 19:49

7 178 Sarah Auer Crescent Valley 12 20:04

8 314 Lorine Cruz Grants Pass 12 20:13

9 690 Maggie Strong Mt. Shasta 10 20:23

10 542 Latane Cox Lake Oswego 9 20:29

11 452 Chelsa McDonnell Klamath Union 11 20:33

12 1039 Audrey Farr Southridge 9 20:41

13 913 Bryanna Oelrich Roseburg 10 20:42

14 806 Hannah Groshong Oregon City 11 20:49

15 225 Lizzy Vitello Crescent Valley 11 20:51

16 189 Mackenzie Entrikin Crescent Valley 11 20:52

17 1246 Tessa Scott Wilsonville 12 20:54

18 953 Becca Eddy Sheldon 9 20:56

19 681 Cynthia Laiacona Mt. Shasta 11 20:58

20 115 Haley Beal Ashland 11 20:59

21 840 Anne Hagy Phoenix 12 21:01

22 627 Jana Sadler Marshfield 10 21:08

23 1215 Hilary Collins Wilsonville 11 21:09

24 847 Jordi Hurd Phoenix 12 21:11

25 841 Sarah Hagy Phoenix 9 21:14

26 573 Lauren Ohlson Lake Oswego 12 21:14

27 204 Claire Krizan Crescent Valley 9 21:15

28 190 Maddy Entrikin Crescent Valley 9 21:16

29 842 Kayla Heath Phoenix 11 21:17

30 136 Camelia Mayfield Ashland 10 21:19

BOYS INVITATIONAL BOYS TEAM RESULTS

Ashland 2 10 11 27 38 (72) (89) = 88

Lake Oswego 4 15 20 40 46 (47) (67) = 125

Hidden Valley 6 21 26 32 43 (48) = 128

Crescent Valley 13 16 30 35 37 (49) (70) = 131

Sheldon 19 23 29 36 45 (56) (60) = 152

Saratoga 9 12 25 41 65 (80) (95) = 152

Klamath Union 7 18 28 53 73 (76) (86) = 179

Southridge 17 22 31 55 61 (68) (74) = 186

Wilsonville 14 34 44 52 54 (85) = 198

Phoenix 1 33 58 69 77 (88) = 238

Oakridge 5 57 62 64 93 (100) = 281

La Salle 42 50 51 66 75 (87) = 284

Churchill 8 39 71 83 90 (96)(102) = 291

Henley 24 63 78 81 84 (91) (92) = 330

Oregon City 3 59 79 97 98 (103)(104) = 336

Grants Pass 82 94 99 101 105 = 481

INVITATIONAL BOYS RESULTS

1 Elliott Jantzer Phoenix 11 16:04

2 Leo Castillo Hood River Valley 12 16:15

3 Matt Miner Ashland 12 16:27

4 Jacob Goertz Oregon City 12 16:30

5 Elijah Greer Lake Oswego 11 16:37

6 Max Long Oakridge 12 16:42

7 Connor Kasler Hidden Valley 11 16:45

8 Alex Peterson Klamath Union 11 16:56

9 Russell Drummond Churchill 12 16:58

10 Kian Banks Saratoga 11 16:59

11 Wilder Schaaf Ashland 10 17:01

12 Ryland Karlovich Ashland 11 17:02

13 Alan Menezes Saratoga 11 17:09

14 Benjamin Condrea Crescent Valley 10 17:10

15 Ben Wiedensmith Wilsonville 12 17:10

16 Chris Caldwell Lake Oswego 12 17:18

17 Mark Bozarth-Dreher Crescent Valley 12 17:18

18 Cole Watson Rogue River 12 17:25

19 Kurtis Semph Southridge 11 17:33

20 Mason Aspera Klamath Union 11 17:34

21 Caleb Patrick Sheldon 10 17:36

22 Alex Martin Lake Oswego 12 17:37

23 Andrew Watson Hidden Valley 11 17:39

24 Michael Brown Southridge 12 17:40

25 Matthew Melancon Sheldon 9 17:40

26 David Carruth Henley 11 17:43

27 Nick Olsen Saratoga 10 17:44

28 Jason Arbour Hidden Valley 11 17:47

29 Cord Walsh Ashland 10 17:50

30 Charles Warrington Klamath Union 10 17:54