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Loftus, Comet runners take home top honors in SWC voting

Crater's Justin Loftus was named the boys cross country coach of the year and four Comet runners made the Southwest Conference first team.

Southwest Conference

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR — Matthew Melancon, Sheldon; Amelia Helmick, South Eugene.

COACHES OF THE YEAR — Justin Loftus, Crater (boys); Jeff Hess, South Eugene (girls).

BOYS

First Team

Matthew Melancon, Sheldon; Jon Obeso, Crater; Kyle Ruhlin, Thurston; Hunter Sanders, Crater; Ryan Perry, South Medford; Max Runia, Crater; Jackson Darland, Sheldon.

Second Team

Devyn Baldovino, North Medford; Alex Mauro, South Eugene; Stetson Smith, North Medford; Joe Holvey, South Eugene; Neil Seibert, Crater; Jack Wilson, South Eugene; Daniel Stober, Crater.

Honorable Mention

Ben Harter, Sheldon; John Talik, Roseburg; Alex Johnson, Sheldon; Piers Rasmussen, Crater; Niko Tutland, South Medford; Cameron Martin, South Eugene; Kevin Chang, South Eugene.

GIRLS

First Team

Paige Kouba, South Eugene; Erin Clark, South Eugene; Demaris Remigio, Crater; Lauren Morgan, South Medford; Maggie Schmaedick, Sheldon; Kelsi Klotter, Sheldon; Brenna Phelps, North Medford.

Second Team

Jessica Vig, Crater; Nora Wilson, South Eugene; Louise Mulvey, Sheldon; Gracie Tostenson, Crater; Natalie Mosman, South Eugene; Britney Wimberly, Crater; Sarah Hastings, Crater.

Honorable Mention

Amelia Helmick, South Eugene; Alia Mowery, South Eugene; Meredith Bothman, Sheldon; Carmen Mejia, South Medford; Alex Ebert, North Medford; Blair Shanklin, South Medford; Jennifer Zhu, North Medford.