By Drew Wasmund
The Tualatin invite was hot - literally and figuratively . 15:52 for a 5k is a quick time for a high school boy regardless of any circumstance. Now let’s take into account a few of those “circumstances”. This was Dan Oekerman’s first race of the year, it was pushing eighty degrees outside, and there was a significant hill on the course. The 15:52 that Oekerman ran on wednesday at the Tualatin invite was more than a quick time, it was a message to the rest of the state.
Looking comfortable the entire race, Oekerman out dueled Nick Obletz of Oregon Episcopal who finished second in 16:11. Todd Macdonald of Lake Oswego finished third in the race running 16:15, while kicking in quicker than anyone else in the field. For a second, it looked like he had a chance of kicking down the tiring Obletz who sat on Oekerman’s heels through the beginning stages of the race.
Oekerman leads Obletz early in the race
The team race provided great entertainment. In the boys race, only 41 points separated the top four teams.
1st) West Linn (52)
2nd) Lake Oswego (73)
3rd) Tualatin (85)
4th) Beaverton (93)
5th) SW Christian (158)
6th Westside Christian (170) 7th Portland Lutheran (196)
Horizon Christian, Oregon Episcopal and South Salem fielded incomplete teams.
Gregoire separates early
Todd Macdonald leads Connor Cushman
In the girls race Erin Gregoire of Beaverton took off in a ferocious pace from the gun and held on to win in a time of 20:27. Gregoire, a sophomore, finished 12th at the state meet last fall.
The next two finished were a pair of Lake Oswego teammates in Shea Vallaire (20:50), and Becca Miles (20:58). The second and third place finish helped secure a narrow victory over Three Rivers rival West Linn.
1st) Lake Oswego (44)
2nd) West Linn (53)
3rd South Salem (59)
4th Tualatin and SW Christian tied with (131)
Horizon Christian, Oregon Episcopal, Portland Lutheran and Westside Christian fielder incomplete teams.