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BEND — Nevina De Luca broke the Phoenix school record for the 5,000 meters in cross country Friday at the Oxford Classic.
The junior placed sixth with a time of 18 minutes, 52.6 seconds in a meet dominated by Class 5A power Summit — the Storm had the top four finishers.
It placed her second in the 4A state ranks, and Cascade Christian's Stephanie Croy was one spot back in seventh in 18:57.9, putting her No. 2 in the state 3A/2A/1A ranks.
De Luca bettered Marci Klimek's 2005 record of 19:00. De Luca's previous best was 19:01 at the Northwest Classic two weeks ago.
Phoenix coach John Cornet rated the course "average" in terms of difficulty, noting it has hills and flats but is also at elevation.
That seven girls ran sub-19 minutes was indicative of the class in the field, he said.
"Nevina ran a great race," said Cornet. "She went out aggressively with the leaders and wasn't going to let them take it over. Then she battled through that middle mile. The racing conditions were perfect."
Summit's Hannah Gindlesperger won in 17:46.7. She was followed by teammate Olivia Brooks in 18:25.7.
The senior Croy, the lone Challenger competing, improved her personal best as well. It was 18:59, set in the first meet this season.
While De Luca toppled one record, one of hers fell. The Pirates' Danielle Jantzer set the freshman school mark in 19:58.3, besting the 20:00 De Luca ran in her final meet of 2011.
TEAM SCORES — Summit 43, South Eugene 57, Mountain View 83, Bishop Kelly 84, Valley Catholic 143, Bend 152, Phoenix 153.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5) — 1, Matthew Maton, Sum, 15:01.8; 2, Reilly Bloomer, SE, 15:25.2; 3, Caleb Hoffmann, Ben, 15:53.2; 4, Sam King, MV, 16:05.0; 5, Gabe Wyllie, MV, 16:12.2.
PHOENIX — 24, Randy Mena 16:56.9; 29, Phillip Todak 17:17.3; 33, Nate Goodnature 17:30.8; 34, Nigel Leonis 17:35.1; 37, Leif Amundsen 17:51.3.
TEAM SCORES — Summit 26, Mountain View 63, South Eugene 70, Bend 98, Phoenix 122, Bishop Kelly 128.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5) — 1, Hannah Gindlesperger, Sum, 17:46.7; 2, Olivia Brooks, Sum, 18:25.7; 3, Kaely Gordon, Sum, 18:45.2; 4, Piper McDonald, Sum, 18:48.8; 5, Sage Hassell, MV, 18:51.2.
PHOENIX — 6, Nevina DeLuca 18:52.6; 18, Danielle Jantzer 19:58.3; 28, Ashlee Vos 20:53.1; 35, Lindsey Vermillion 21:47.5; 39, Arin Fitch 22:33.6; 40, Katie Vermillion 23:37.3.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN — 7, Stephanie Croy 18:57.9.
PROSPECT 3, TRIAD 2 — At Prospect, Taylor Bernhardt recorded 17 kills and five blocks to help guide Prospect to a 25-14, 25-27, 25-21, 16-25, 15-9 victory in Mountain Valley League action.
Haylee VanWormer had 14 assists and 16 digs and Alee Pinkerton 10 assists for the Cougars (7-1, 5-1 MVL).
Libero Marissa Raines chipped in 25 digs and Halee Hedgpeth was 14-for-14 serving with five aces against Triad (5-6, 4-4 MVL).
NORTH LAKE 3, BUTTE FALLS 0 — At Butte Falls, errors doomed Butte Falls in a 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 loss to North Lake in Mountain Valley League play.
ASHLAND GIRLS SWEEP, BOYS FALL— At Eugene, Sabrina Scoggin scored eight goals on the day as the Ashland girls water polo team beat South Eugene, 9-6, and Sheldon, 16-2, at Amazon Pool.
The Ashland boys fell short in both of its contests. South Eugene earned a 6-4 decision and Sheldon got a 10-9 edge.
Scoggin tallied five goals and two assists against South Eugene. She also had two assists and a steal.
Maddy Longshore pitched in three goals and two steals for Ashland with Sadie Kasiah getting a score to go with a pair of assists.
In Ashland's romp over Sheldon, Scoggin and Longshore both scored three goals. Scoggin also logged three assists and two steals.
Ashland's Aubrie Georgevitch scored once and added three assists and seven steals while Kasiah went for two goals, three assists and five steals. Leilani Sukles scored three goals and Sydney Wisdom two.
Ashland goalkeeper Kaya Boehm had five blocks against South Eugene and seven more against Sheldon.
For the Ashland boys, Taos Cadarette-Stewart scored a goal and had four steals against South Eugene before putting up four goals and two steals on Sheldon.
Also for Ashland vs. Sheldon, Hoku Eggertsen recorded three goals, four assists and a steal and Tristan Gavin had one goal, four assists and three steals.
Ashland goalie Vincent Wright racked up 10 blocks against South Eugene and chipped in four blocks and four saves against Sheldon.