Pacific Conference Championships at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City

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PAC9 runners had reasonable running weather with cool temperatures & the threatening clouds for the most part holding back on the rain & a number of harriers took advantage of it. The girls’ race saw the Tualatin duo of Emily Wheeler & Kristin Coffman race ahead of the pack from the start, After around half a mile, as the runners raced down the hill towards the track, the pair had opened up a 15-20 meter lead over Laura Matzke of Forest Grove & Alexandra Cross of Tualatin. Another ten meters further back was Eredi Pinter of Forest Grove, who was followed in turn by McKayla Fricker. As the race progressed Wheeler gradually opened a gap over Coffman and raced home alone to win the PAC9 League in 18:21: a time that is the third-best ever in conference history. Coffman raced home alone in second in a time of 18:33 and her freshman team mate Ali Cross followed her home in third to seal the team victory. Tualatin's score was an impressive low of 24 points and bodes well for the upcoming State meet.

Canby's McKayla Fricker moved up nicely at the end to claim fourth & lead her team to a narrow victory over Forest Grove by a 64 to 70 margin. Maggie Ruwitch provided ample support for Canby by placing 12th & frosh Krissy Peterson moved nicely through the pack late in the race to finish 14th.

Laura Matzke ran a fine race to finish fifth in a time of 19:45 to earn a berth in the State meet, as did Newberg’s Emily Shelton, who early on had been well off the pace. Eredi Pinter of Forest Grove finished 7th to earn a trip to Eugene, as did Talli Koskela of Forest Grove, who finished just behind Tualatin’s Morgan Johnstone.

The boys’ race saw Nathan Love of Tualatin & Ian Walch of Tigard lead the way shadowed by Robin Fahy of McMinnville. After the first mile of running the race appeared to be between the lead duo, as Fahy had fallen a good ten meters off the pace. Love actually opened up a ten meter gap over Walch during the middle of the race but both Walch & Fahy regrouped over the final mile to close in on the leaders. Meanwhile Nick Robbins of Forest Grove was making a big move of his own to close on all three. I’d note that there had been another Tualatin runner near the front early but I was unable to identify him.

Robin Fahy of McMinnville made a late move to surge from third to first as they raced up & back down the last hill but Walch fought back on the track. In the end it was Fahy, who held on to claim the boys' individual title in 16:26. Ian Walch of Tigard placed 2nd to earn an individual berth to State as well. Forest Grove, led by third place finisher Nick Robbins, won the team title, as Newberg, led by Joseph Pia in fourth, earned the other team berth to State. The closing battle on the track was good as both Robbins & Pia registered times of 16:31.

The team scores were extremely close with Forest Grove and Newberg tied with 61 points through the first five runners, so it all came down to the sixth man tie-breaker. James McMahon was the crucial man on this day for FG with his key effort, which saw him place 23rd. Tigard had 64 points, so they narrowly lost a trip to Eugene. The other individual qualifiers Mark Medgin of Tigard, who finished fifth, & Nathan Love of Tualatin, who took 6th. Drew Bernhisel of McMinnville, Josh Johnson & Kino Kinoshita of Forest Grove & Taylor Johnstown of Newberg rounded out the top ten. A special word of note should go to Kyle Dreibelis of McMinnville, who had a stress fracture & had to wear protective gear, yet still placed 27th overall.

Girls Individual Results
1 Emily Wheeler 18:23.2 Tualatin 12
2 Kristin Coffman 18:33.3 Tualatin 10
3 Alexandria Cross 18:58.8 Tualatin 9
4 McKayla Fricker 19:38.8 Canby 12
5 Laura Matzke 19:45.9 Forest Grove 12
6 Emily Shelton 19:55.2 Newberg 12
7 Eredi Pintor 19:56.9 Forest Grove 11
8 Morgan Johnstone 20:04.6 Tualatin 11
9 Talli Koskela 20:06.7 Newberg 10
10 Lauren Morris 20:20.1 Tualatin 12
11 Kelsey Walker 20:22.1 Tigard 11
12 Maggie Ruwitch 20:29.9 Canby 11
13 Katie Humphrey 20:47.0 Tigard 11
14 Krissy Peterson 20:51.0 Canby 9
15 Sharon Rooker 20:54.7 Forest Grove 11
16 Tiffany Davis 21:11.3 Canby 11
17 Claire Lawson 21:11.6 McMnnville 10
18 Elizabeth Hintz 21:13.1 Canby 10
19 Elena Torry-Schrog 21:19.6 Forest Grove 9
20 Megan Freel 21:28.9 Tualatin 10
21 Julia Kennedy 21:41.9 Tualatin 11
22 Kristin Taylor 21:44.5 Tigard 12
23 Allison Pugsley 21:48.4 Canby 11
24 Tiffany Blackmun 21:50.7 Forest Grove 12
25 Kerstyn Miller 21:54.8 Newberg 12
26 Mary Kate Koch 22:05.6 Newberg 11
27 Kristin Vanderzanden 22:06.9 Forest Grove 12
28 Isabel Harger 22:07.8 Tigard 10
29 Sierra Pruitt 22:09.8 Canby 10
30 Anna Thomas 22:19.2 Newberg 12
Girls Team Results
1 Tualatin 24
2 Canby 64
3 Forest Grove 70
4 Newberg 96
5 Tigard 105
6 McMinnville 166
1 Robin Fahy 16:26.4 McMinnville 12
2 Ian Walch 16:27.9 Tigard 12
3 Nick Robbins 16:31.1 Forest Grove 12
4 Joseph Pia 16:31.9 Newberg 12
5 Mark Medgin 16:45.6 Tigard 11
6 Nathan Love 16:54.5 Tualatin 10
7 Drew Bernhisel 16:57.7 McMinnville 12
8 Josh Johnson 16:58.0 Forest Grove 11
9 Kino Kinoshita 17:06.4 Forest Grove 12
10 Taylor Johnston 17:08.1 Newberg 11
11 Aaron Kirch 17:09.6 Tigard 11
12 Danny Minor 17:21.1 Newberg 12
13 Ben Edwards 17:25.6 Canby 11
14 Myles Horton 17:26.9 McMinnville 11
15 Mitchell Hansen 17:27.2 Tualatin 12
16 Schyler Dickerson 17:29.8 Tualatin 12
17 Cristian Cosgrove 17:31.8 Newberg 11
18 Tyler Magill 17:32.8 Newberg 12
19 James Stallkamp 17:33.3 Tualatin 11
20 Keaton Kell 17:33.6 Forest Grove 11
21 Justin Seitz 17:33.9 Forest Grove 12
22 Austin Dean 17:35.4 Tigard 11
23 James McCahon 17:37.5 Forest Grove 10
24 John Walker 17:38.2 Tigard 9
25 Stephen York 17:40.8 Newberg 12
26 Tim Anderson 17:47.3 McMinnville 10
27 Kyle Dreibelbis 17:49.2 McMinnvill 12
28 James Myers 17:50.9 Forest Grove 11
29 Sam Lawson 17:52.3 Newberg 9
30 Michael Walker 17:53.6 Canby 9
Boys Team Results
1 Forrest Grove 61 (3-8-9-20-21 & 23)
2 Newberg 61 (4-10-12-17-18 & 25)
3 Tigard 64 (2-5-11-22-24)
4 McMinnville 75
5 Tualatin 88
6 Canby 152