Crusaders, Challengers triumph at Invitational
Despite losing a few of his top runners, St. Mary's cross country coach Joe Volk remains happy with his squad of runners.
And Cascade Christian coach Steve Williston is pleased with his group, as well.
Both schools created plenty of early optimism with sound showings at the Crusader Invitational at Bear Creek Park on Thursday.
Cascade Christian junior Hudson Eustace won the 5,000 meter boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 59 seconds, about four seconds short of his personal record. The Challengers' girls took first, while the boys finished in second.
Meanwhile, the Crusader boys earned first and the girls placed second. Senior Kira Heycke won the girls race in 21:17.
The St. Mary's girls are the three-time Class 3A/2A/1A defending state champions.
"I am very pleased with the girls," Williston said. "To start out by beating the best, that's pretty good."
St. Mary's standouts Mary Bennion and Morgan Martin both graduated, but Volk said he has a good group of returning runners.
"We have a talented, fresh mix," he said.
TEAM SCORES — 1, St. Mary's 35; 2, Cascade Christian 37; 3, New Hope Christian 70, 4, Illinois Valley 101; Triad inc.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS — 1, Hudson Eustace, CC, 16:59; 2, Christian Huttema, NH, 17:24; 3, Tate Jacobson, SM 17:26; 4, Julio Silva, SM, 17:44; 5, Alex Cummings, CC, 17:59; 6, David Johnson, NH, 18:02; 7, Loren Westland, SM, 18:39.00; 8, Ryan Alcantara, CC, 19:13; 9, Brett Marshall, CC, 19:16; 10, Will Oursler, SM, 19:21; 11, Henry Stout, SM, 19:22; 12, Mike Janeke, TC, 19:34; 13, Nick Brooks, SM, 20:02; 14, Chris Martin, SM, 20:03; 15, Zachary Smith, CC, 20:27; 16, Tyler Delaney, IV, 21:00; 17, Ian Wayman, SM, 21:15; 18, Eric Oliveri, CC, 21:17; 19, John Daniel Sutton, SM, 21:26; 20, Peter Schwartz, SM, 21:49.
TEAM SCORES — 1, Cascade Christian 24; 2, St. Mary' 31; Triad, inc.; Illinois Valley, inc.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS — 1, Kira Heycke, SM, 21:17; 2, Sarah Estabrook, TC, 21:58; 3, Stephanie Croy, CC, 22:05; 4, Jenna George, CC, 22:33; 5, Taylor Williams, CC, 22:40; 6, Anne Oursler, SM, 23:38; 7, Sophie Stiles, CC, 23:43; 8, Emily Reeder, SM, 23:46; 9, Lillian Martin, SM, 24:17; 10, Brittany Brown, CC, 24:48; 11, Samantha Milner, IV, 25:02; 12, Kayli Hankins, TC, 25:03; 13, Jessica Clement, SM, 25:27; 14, Brooklyn Gillespie, SM, 25:29; 15, Asnaketch Keating, SM, 26:39; 16, Jessica Nicholes, CC, 27:09; 17, Elana Hampton, TC, 28:30; 18, Gracie Bevan, CC, 28:50; 19, Sarah Humphrey, CC, 29:49; 20, Suzanne Savard, TC, 30:25.
KLAMATH UNION 3, EAGLE POINT 2 — At Klamath Falls, Klamath Union's Jose Meza scored the winning goal late in the game despite the Pelicans being down two players.
Meza beat Eagle Point goalie Juan De La Cruz one-on-one from about 12 yards with about five minutes remaining in the game.
The Pelicans received two red cards in the first half and were reduced to nine players.
Jose Lopez-Ramirez gave the Eagles (1-1) the initial lead on a long-range shot at the 18th minute.
Klamath answered with goals by Luis Serrato and Josh Luce to take a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Eagles tied the score 2-all at the 45th minute when Lopez-Ramirez notched his second goal of the game off an assist from Tyler VanDyke.
JUNCTION CITY 4, ROGUE RIVER 2 — At Junction City, Rogue River scored early in the second half on goals by Jason Daly and Brian Stinchcomb to cut into a 3-0 halftime deficit.
Junction City completed the scoring on a penalty kick with three minutes left in the game.
Senior goalie Tyler Donahue rejected a number of shots to keep the Chieftains (1-1) within striking distance.
- GRANTS PASS 1, MARIST 0 — At Eugene, Grants Pass dominated possession but got the game's only goal from Kathryne Hostkoetter in the 65th minute off an assist from Keeli Morse.
- HIDDEN VALLEY 9, DEL NORTE 0 — At Crescent City, senior Dana Powell scored three goals and had one assist and Rachelle Flick notched three assists for Hidden Valley (2-0).
The Mustangs scored five minutes into the game when Flick's corner kick was hit into the net by a Del Norte defender.
Bry Black, Katelyn Lambert and Cedar Wilkening added first-half goals as Hidden Valley led 4-0 at the break.
Powell and Flick teamed up for the first two goals of the second period. Then Ashley Hart, Char Tibbets and Powell's third goal completed the scoring.