Winning the Southern Cascade League title seemed like a pretty bold goal this spring considering the recent history of the Cascade Christian...
EUGENE — Phoenix junior Nevina De Luca finished second in the girls 5A/4A/3A/2A/1A division, and North Medford senior Ray Schireman placed third in the boys 6A/5A race to lead a strong contingent of local cross country runners in the 5,000-meter Northwest Classic on Saturday.
De Luca was clocked at 19 minutes, 1 second to help the Phoenix girls place second in the 17-team girls event, while in the boys race, four Pirates came in together between 17th and 20th to garner another second-place effort in the 19-team race.
De Luca's time was seven seconds faster than her previous personal record.
Cascade Christian senior Stephanie Croy came in fifth in 19:28, and Phoenix freshman Danielle Jantzer was eighth in 20:23. Randy Mena (17th, 17:25), Nate Goodnature (18th, 17:29), Nigel Leonis (19th, 17:29) and Leif Amundsen (20th, 17:30) led the Phoenix boys.
The Cascade Christian boys, who placed sixth, were led by junior Tim McPherson, who was eighth in 16:45.
Schireman was clocked at 15:57 in the boys 5A/6A race, which was 27 teams strong. His teammate, junior Jon Serna, finished 20th in 16:34. North Medford was eighth and South Medford ninth in the final boys team standings.