2013 - 6/7/2013 to 6/8/2013 


     Over the years the Portland Track Festival has produced a number of impressive races as well as marks but on Saturday fans were able to witness a national record.   Mary Cain, who early in the race trailed pace makers Brie Felnagle, a former Bellarmine Prep star, and Kellyn Johnson, as she ran in approximately tenth place established a new American record for 5K of15:45.46.   Karolina Jarzynska, who has no sponsored, broke away early and left even the chase pack well behind cruised to a splendid 15:25 but Cain held back for the bulk of the race before finishing sixth overall.  Cain recorded splits of 6:15 for 2K and 10:13 for two miles on her way to her new American standard.   The new American had little more than a minute to catch her breath and smile a bit before her coach, whisked her away from reporters & allowed no interviews.   Apparently it is not worth celebrating a record by a young high school runner, who that very weekend had passed on her own State championships in New York.  One can only hope there was time for a well done but we will never know.  Overshadowed yet running brilliantly was Katie Knight of North Central, who came home in 16:15.

   Jake Leingang, a two-time Foot Locker national finalist from North Dakota, won the Boys Invitational High School Mile wit 4:07.   Joe Hardy of Seattle Prep ran 4:10 to top Matt Maton of Summit by a second for third.  Levi Thomet from Kodiak, Alaska earned fourth with 4:13nipping Garrett Corcoran of Villa Park.  Gig Harbor’s Logan Carroll & Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic each ran versions of 4:14 to garner sixth & seventh respectively.  Austin Brower of Westlake & Tanner Anderson of North Central ran 4:15 & change to round out the top nine and Poli Balthazar of Aberdeen followed in tenth with 4:16.  Tristan Peloquin, just sophomore from Gig Harbor, ran an impressive 4:17 to take eleventh.

    Not to be overlooked was the Women’s High Performance 1500, which Violah Lagat won in 4:09. Placing sixth and seventh were Elise Cranny and Alexa Efraimson of Camas, who recorded times of4:15 & 4:16.  Cranny is from Niwot High School in Colorado, while Efraimson is a sophomore from Camas.    

    There was much more on the line this day than some may have thought and it included a fine 3K Steeplechase effort of Amy-Eloise Neale of Glacier Peak.  Amy, who will enroll at the University of Washington this fall placed eleventh in the professional field but earned a spot on the World Junior Track team, which will represent the United Kingdom later this summer.

    Nicholas Hauger of Shadle Park annexed the regular Prep Mile with a time of 4:26, which barely brought him home ahead of Andrew Vandine of North Central.   Oliver Reed, also from North Central which brought a larger group of runners, ran 4:27 to top a trio of runners, who all ran that time.  Sissay Gillock of Portland Christian & Jesus Medina of Eisenhower also recorded that time.  Prep girls ran in a 1500 race for Open runners and Brooke Chuhlantseff of West Salem & Gracie Tostenson of Crater placed 7th & 8th with times of 4:49 & 4:50 respectively.

      Since its inception the Portland Track Festival has featured Middle School Miles for both boys and girls and this year’s race produced an excellent girl’s race.  Sophie Cantine of Bellevue, Washington stamped herself as one to watch in the future by running away from all challengers.  Her scintillating time of 4:34.36 just eclipsed the former mark of Paige Rice, a former state champion from St. Mary’s Academy, of 4:23.91.   McKenna Henke of Corvallis earned second with 4:52 nipping Olivia Brooks of Bend.  Delaney Hartman of Portland (4:55) & Makenna Schumacher, also from the Rose City – 5:01 followed in fourth & fifth.  Tom Schodererbek of Bend topped the boys’ field with 4:51.  Joshua Schumacher, whose father coaches for that shoe company in Beaverton secured second with 4:52.   Jack Ammon of Colbert, Washington took third with 4:47, which barely clipped Miguel De La Melena of Vancouver. Washington.  Joseph Wakom of Bellevue (4:53), Hank Knight of North Central (4:56) & Bradley Peloquin (4:58) of Gig harbor were the only other runners to break the five minutes:  the magic barrier for Middle school runners.

  The meet, which once again was held at the fine track at Lewis & Clark College is always a pleasurable event.  It also offers a chance for young runners to record strong times as their prep careers conclude.  The meet included some races on Friday and Erin Clark of South Eugene won her race against mostly older runners with a fine mark of 16:41.  Gracie Tostenson of Crater finished tenth with 17:46.  As usual Craig Rice & his staff put on a fine event.