Oxford Classic  

Fri. 10/4/13    Drake Park   Bend   5K


The Oxford Classic in Bend has always been one of the more pleasant stops during the harrier season.  Not only does it afford a pleasant trip over the mountains at a time, when fall colors are resplendent but there are majestic views of the Three Sisters towering over the scene. Drake Park for its part has a decent hill, which is ascended twice and the course even includes both sides of the Deschutes River.  Add to it that the meet is always well organized and presents an enjoyable post race party and a XC fan has all he needs for a fascinating day.   One other major bonus is that Oregon fans get the opportunity yo watch some of their compatriots from Idaho.  Borah has long made its presence felt and happily this year Bishop Kelly returned to the venue.

Another aspect, which a fan can seemingly always expect, is an impressive performance by Summit and the Storm dominated both individually and collectively.   Matthew Maton of Summit continued his brilliant season with a front-running effort of 15:01.  His time is a course record I believe. Reilly Bloomer of South Eugene raced essentially by himself to a fine time of 15:25 and Caleb Hoffman of Bend earned third with 15:53.   Mountain View (Or.) runners Sam King (16:05) and Gabe Wylie (16:12) came in 4th & 5th respectively and Michael Martin of the Axemen took sixth in 16:15.   Tom Perry of Bishop Kelly had the best Idaho time with his 7th place effort in 16:18.  Tyler Jones led a trio of Summit runners, who swept the remainder of the top ten places by running 16:20 & was followed in turn by Thomas Schoderbek (16:26), who edged Alex Martin by a second.  

The Summit guys won the team title with a low of 43 points with South Eugene taking second with 57.  Mountain View nipped Bishop Kelly for fourth 83 to 84.   Tim McPherson of Cascade Christian won the other boys’ race with his time of 16:19 but Borah, led by fourth place effort of Sam Powell, who ran 16:43.  Hood River topped Borah in that race 69 to 85.   While we are dealing with team scores the Summit gals overwhelmed their competition with a low of 26 points.  Mountain View was second with 63 and South Eugene had 70, while host Bend was 4thwith 98.    Borah won the other varsity race with 48 points and was led by the second through fourth place finishes of Sara Christianson (19:14), Emmalee Thomas and Katelyn Powell but the individual winner was Sascha Bockius of Hood River Valley, who ran 18:54.

The Elite varsity race witnessed a solo performance by Hannah Gindlesperger of Summit, who ran a scintillating 17:46.  Her time blew away the meet record of 18:02, which was set by Katie Leary in 2003.  When you consider that Kellie Foley, Casey Masterson, Taylor Wallace, Megan Fristoe, Nicole Cochran, Nicole Nielsen, and Karleigh Gempler all won this race and the like of Emily Nist, Alicia Luna & Kayleigh Tyerman also tried their hand the time is even more impressive.   As far as my memory serves only Kimber Mattox, who ran the course in another meet, ever broke eighteen minutes, the time is all the more startling.   Hannah was the first of four Summit runners, who swept the top of the placements as Olivia Brooke (18:25), Kaely Gordon (18:45) & Piper McDonald (18:48) all contributed to the Summit triumph.   Sage Hassel of Mountain View placed fifth in 18:51 and had the dubious honor to lead all runners not hailing from Summit.

Nevine DeLuca of Phoenix took sixth in 18:52 and Stephanie Croy of Cascade Christian garnered 7th with 18:57.  Phacelia Cramer of South Eugene followed in 8th with 19:04 and Tia Hatton of MV secured 9th with 19:15.  Tenth went to Brighton Glassman of South Eugene in 19:19and Madison Leapaldt of MV was eleventh in 19:35.


Dry Side Shootout

David Ribich of Enterprise ran three miles at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande with a 14:37 clocking.  Evan Krohn of Baker took second in 15:41 and Ian Krohn was third with 15:45.   Josie Lonai of McLoughlin led the girls with 18:12, while Amanda Welch of La Grande followed in 18:54.  Third went to Susi Romero-Diaz of McLoughlin with 19:08. 

In the girls Middle School race, which was run at a mile and a half Emily Collinsworth was victorious.  The Stanford harrier was timed in 9:14.  Abriel O’Reilly of Union, whose sister Katriel will run today in Richland, placed second with 9:38 edging Eliza Irish of Enterprise, who was credited with the same time.  Jeremy Baxter of Union topped the boys with 8:30.  Micah Flippo of Elgin took 2nd with 8:45 and Andy Gebhardt of Enterprise was the last runner under nine minutes with a second to spare.