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Comets' Robison snags third place at state

EUGENE — Presley Robison would have been happy to place in the top 10 at the Class 5A girls cross country state championships Saturday.

Top five? Even better.

Top three? Now we’re talking.

Robison, a Crater senior, exceeded her hopes and finished third at Lane Community College, providing one of the top local showings as state competition for all classifications was held.

“It feels so good,” said Robison. “I’m really proud of me and my team. We came here to try and run our best race, and we had so many PRs.”

Robison had a personal-best 18 minutes, 10.4 seconds on the 5,000-meter course.

The Midwestern League champion came in behind Corvallis’ Madison Nason (17:51.6) and Wilsonville’s Samantha Prusse (18:05.7).

“My main goal was to stay with the top pack,” said Robison. “It’s harder to work your way up than it is to just be there. Take it out fast and hopefully stay with the top girls.”

She fell back briefly midway through the race, then rallied.

Robison and the Comets placed just outside of trophy range in fifth with 114 points. Corvallis won with 67.

Senior Jade Hopkins finished 21st for the Comets in a PR of 19:23.3.

Ashland, led by junior Sage Reddish’s 27th place in 19:44.1, was seventh.

In Class 6A, the South Medford boys sent their full team. The Panthers placed 15th.

Sophomore Michael Maiorano was the top South Medford placer, coming in in a personal-best 15:43.8.

Seven was a popular number for the Phoenix girls in the 4A meet.

The Pirates’ Sophia Stubblefield cracked the top 10 individually with a seventh-place showing, helping her team to the same position.

Stubblefield, the sophomore Skyline Conference champion, had a time of 18:57.3 seconds. She improved on her freshman season last year by 11 places.

Teammate Kyla Potratz was just outside the top 10, placing 11th in 19:18.1. The time was a personal record by 9 seconds for the freshman.

The two paced Phoenix to 168 points, the same as sixth-place Baker/Powder Valley, which was awarded sixth place based on their last counting runner finishing ahead of the Pirates’ fifth finisher.

Marist won the team title with 50 points.

On the boys side, Noah Marshall, a junior, represented Phoenix. He set a personal best of 16:21.6 in placing 11th.

In the 3A boys meet, Cascade Christian sophomore Jake Sorani placed ninth in 16:52.3.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479 or ttrower@rosebudmedia.com

Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneCrater's Presley Robison looks over at her time crossing the finish line placing 3rd in the 5A girls cross country championships in Eugen Saturday.
Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune Crater's Presley runs with the lead pack half way throuugh the race placing 3rd in the 5A girls cross country championships in Eugen Saturday.