PREP ROUNDUP: South boys finish second at Oxford Classic
BEND — In a battle with one of the top 6A teams in the state, the South Medford boys cross-country team came within seconds of overtaking Summit for first place Saturday at the Oxford Classic.
Led by a second-place effort from South senior Michael Maiorano, who finished in 15 minutes, 25.97 seconds and battled first-place Grady Mylander of Nampa Christian (15:24.31), the Panthers finished with 41 points — just one point shy of first-place Summit.
South’s top five runners — Maiorano, Connor Singer (16:31.78), Chase Wallace (16:50.25), Adam Cannon (16:52.02) and DJ Scott (17:03.79) — all finished in the top 20.
“It was exciting,” South Medford coach Josh Wallace said, “because we could tell during the race that it was going to be close between us and Summit. I thought our guys ran really well.”
Ashland’s Nathan Stein took fourth place in 16:04.99 to lead the Grizzlies’ boys team. On the girls side, Ashland’s Grace Yaconelli placed fifth (19:18.27) against a Summit team that claimed each of the top four spots, led by Ella Thorsett, and six of the top 10 overall spots to run away with first place. Ashland’s girls team placed third.
The Oxford Classic has traditionally been held at Drake Park, but this year it was moved to Rockridge Community Park on a course that threw an early challenge for runners jockeying for position.
The course had a sharp turn just 50 meters in where the surface changed from grass to a bike path. In heavy traffic, Maiorano was pushed off the course and ended up in some bushes before weaving around some spectators to get back on the course.
Maiorano trailed the leader by an estimated 30 meters until the 800 mark when he pulled ahead and led much of the race over Mylander.
With about 600 meters left, Maiorano put in a surge but another sharp turn caused the senior to slip and reduced the distance between him and Mylander. The eventual winner took first place with less than 200 meters remaining and held on for the win. Mylander’s time, a personal best, was the third fastest time among Idaho high school boys this season.
“It was a close race the whole time,” Wallace said.
The Panthers were pleased with their overall result as a team, but were also left thinking about how close their team of seven came to taking first.
“We talked after the race and they were a little disappointed, of course, because they lost by one point to Summit — one of the perennial, better teams in the state,” Wallace said. “Just a good lesson for us to learn about how cross-country really is about place as opposed to time. Obviously they’re related, but cross-country is all about place. Being able to hold off some people or catch some people at the end of the race is the difference between first and second.”
Summit’s girls team finished with 16 points and its top four essentially raced in tandem with Thorsett.
Ashland’s Annika Wells finished 13th (20:36.65) and Kariana Austbo placed 19th (21:23.69).
TEAM SCORES: Summit 40, South Medford 41, Mountain View 86, Bend 141, Hermiston 166, Nampa Christian 166, Sisters 176, Hidden Valley 183, Klamath Union 244, Crook County 301.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 10): 1, Grady Mylander, NC, 15:24.31; 2, Michael Maiorano, SM, 15:25.97; 3, Jackson Keefer, Sum, 16:00.58; 4, Nathan Stein, A, 16:04.99; 5, Finn Anspach, R, 16:08.95; 6, Mason Kissell, Sum, 16:14.25; 7, Connor Singer, SM, 16:31.78; 8, Kyle Swenson, MV, 16:44.85; 9, John Deaver, Sum, 16:48.95; 10, Chase Wallace, SM, 16:50.25.
TEAM SCORES: Summit 16, Hermiston 59, Ashland 76, Bend 116, Klamath Union 124, Crook County 193, Hidden Valley 206, Nampa Christian 224, Redmond 237, Henley 240.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 10): 1, Ella Thorsett, Sum, 18:25.55; 2, Magdalene Williams, Sum, 18:25.93; 3, Payton Finney, Sum, 19:11.12; 4, Ashley Boone, Sum, 19:11.47; 5, Grace Yaconelli, A, 19:18.27; 6, Jorun Downing, Sum, 19:31.44; 7, Megan Joyce, Her, 19:34.21; 8, Camille Broadbent, Sum, 19:36.13; 9, Morgan Shaw, Ridge, 19:40.95; 10, Aubrey Syrnyk, KU, 19:50.62.
WOAHINK LAKE INVITATIONAL: At Florence, North Medford’s Estella Gutches, Reese Meager and Saundra Parsons finished 4-5-6 in a 61-person field to help the Black Tornado girls win the team title near Honeyman State Park.
Gutches finished in 20:43.60 to pace her team, followed by Meager (21:15.60) and Parsons (21:21.50), with teammate Eleanor Nichol also placing eighth in 21:28.80.
North Medford totaled 43 points to edge Philomath (51), which saw freshman Adele Beckstead win the individual title in 20:04.70.
North Medford senior Trey Driskell paced the boys team by placing 20th (18:34.20), while Trent Wayman finished 30th (19:13.70).
Siuslaw senior Chad Hughes won the boys race in 17:00.50.
TEAM SCORES: Siuslaw 62, Nampa 78, Philomath 85, Roseburg 88, Cottage Grove 102, Newport 123, North Medford 158, North Bend 201.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 10): 1, Chad Hughes, S, 17:00.50; 2, Brody Bushnell, P, 17:18.90; 3, Kyle Hughes, S, 17:19.20; 4, Sam Laurel, N, 17:27.70; 5, Mateo Candanoza, P, 17:33.40; 6, Jaden Owens, CG, 17:38.10; 7, Preston Smith, R, 17:38.10; 8, James Lackey, N, 17:51.00; 9, Carter Bengtson, CG, 17:54.20; 10, Ethan Petersen, CG, 18:02.50.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 43, Philomath 51, Siuslaw 75, Roseburg 89, Newport 142, Myrtle Point 152, North Bend 161, Cottage Grove 165.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 10): 1, Adele Beckstead, P, 20:04.70; 2, Rylee Colton, S, 20:05.10; 3, Aliya Larsen, N, 20:30.40; 4, Estella Gutches, NM, 20:43.60; 5, Reese Meager, NM, 21:15.70; 6, Saundra Parsons, NM, 21:21.50; 7, Corinne Childers, R, .21:24.80; 8, Eleanor Nichol, NM, 21:28.80; 9, Addison McNeill, S, 21:29.90; 10, Kateri Pindell, P, 21:32.00.
ASHLAND 1, GRANTS PASS 1: At Ashland, Grants Pass and Ashland waged a well-played tug-of-war that resulted in a nonleague tie despite quality opportunities on each end to break the deadlock.
Davidson Graham opened the scoring in the 10th minute for Ashland (4-2-1) off an assist by Pedro Guimaraes.
With the clock ticking down toward halftime, Grants Pass (3-3-1) was barely able to get a corner kick off in time in the final two seconds and Porter Boersma’s kick was volleyed in nicely by Cade Brandes for the tying goal.
The defense on each side stepped up in the second half to keep the other at bay.
CHURCHILL 1, CRATER 0: At Central Point, Churchill senior Emanuel Contreras scored on a free kick in the 52nd minute for the lone goal in a physical but balanced Midwestern League affair.
Crater junior Cooper Hopkins saw a shot narrowly get tipped off the crossbar in the first half and joined Diego Estrada in a couple free kick opportunities that seemed destined for the back of the net. Gabe Grant also had a pair of breakaways, with one shot going just wide and the other getting tipped away by the goalie.
Estrada had another solid game in goal for the Comets (1-6, 1-3 MWL) and Ben Plankenhorn was key in the midfield, while Braiden Tester joined Carson Le Bel in anchoring a good showing by the defensive back line.
ASHLAND 1, GRANTS PASS 0: At Grants Pass, Ashland senior Emmeline Clark scored in the 15th minute and the Grizzlies’ defense made that hold up in nonleague action.
Clark scored off an assist from MaKenna Page to break the ice for Ashland (5-0-3), which held a 6-2 advantage in shots on target over host Grants Pass (0-7).
Zadi Burke registered the shutout in goal for the unbeaten Grizzlies.
CRATER 0, CHURCHILL 0: At Central Point, Crater held an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal but had to settle for its fourth tie of the fall — third that finished in a scoreless draw — in Midwestern League action.
Sophomore Mary Nadauld had a strong shot just lifted over the crossbar for Crater (0-3-4, 0-1-3 MWL), while freshman Ella Heppner also came close to breaking the tie with a shot from the right side that just barely went wide of the post.
Freshman Clio Andries got the start in goal and made a pair of on-frame saves to post a clean sheet.