ROGUE RIVER — Crater’s boys and girls cross country teams put on a show Saturday, easily sweeping the competition for team victories in the Hidden Valley Mustang Invitational at Valley of the Rogue State Park.
Crater posted the top four runners in the boys meet, led by first-place finisher Derek Tripp, and saw Ariana Marks place first in the girls meet to lead a path that included five Comets among the top-eight finishers.
Tripp led a parade of Crater runners to the finish line with his winning time of 16 minutes, 24.92 seconds and was followed in order by senior Erik Olsen (16:28.67), junior Jantz Tostenson (16:29.28) and sophomore Gage Reed (16:38.92). For good measure, sophomore Ryland McCullough was seventh in 16:58.61.
The Crater boys totaled 17 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Grants Pass (39) and third-place Ashland (108). Hidden Valley was fourth at 113, followed by St. Mary’s (120) and Mazama (135).
Ashland freshman Cameron Stein was 16th (18:09.79) and sophomore Zach Williams 17th (18:17.27), while Cascade Christian sophomore Isaac Rubus finished 18th (18:23.21).
On the girls side, Marks cruised in with a winning time of 19:35.22, while freshman teammate Mariah Kinney was third in 20:10.10. The Comets also got strong showings from freshman Taryn Dance (fifth, 20:14.12), sophomore Presley Robison (seventh, 20:22.62) and sophomore Gracen Hokanson (eighth, 20:36.02).
Crater scored 24 points to edge Grants Pass (43), St. Mary’s (70) and Mazama (100).
St. Mary’s junior Emma Bennion finished fourth in 20:12.10 to pace the Crusaders, while Ashland junior Maddie Armstrong placed ninth in 20:38.24 and Eagle Point junior Jessica Heady was 11th in 21:02.26.
HARRIER CLASSIC: At Albany, South Medford’s boys team placed second and the Panther girls were fourth despite a third-place individual showing by freshman Emma Schmerbach in the 5,000-meter event at Bryant Park.
Schmerbach was the top local finisher after crossing the finish line in a personal-best time of 18:26.60 to finish off a blistering pace set by Sprague junior Ginger Murnieks, who won in 17:19.
South sophomore Gabi Wisnovsky finished 31st (19:56.50) and senior Jazmin Duncan placed 34th (20:04.80) as the Panther girls totaled 163 points to finish behind Crescent Valley (93), Sheldon (107) and Sprague (124).
Phoenix senior Robby Vos scored the top local effort in the boys race, finishing ninth in 16:08.90 against the mostly 6A and 5A competition.
For South Medford, senior Luke Ramirez was 13th in 16:21.90 and sophomore Truett Bostwick was 17th in 16:26.60 to help the Panthers total 141 points and finish off the pace set by Lakeridge (106) and just ahead of Sheldon (150).
Senior Ty Boster (36th, 17:02.60) and juniors Reed Hungerford (41st, 17:09.60) and Johan Jordaan (47th, 17:16.60) rounded out the leading effort for South Medford.