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Westviews girls go 2-0 to kick off the 2012 Metro cross country season

HILLSBORO — The Metro League made sure that its 2012 cross country league opener really fit the bill.

In the three-way meet between Beaverton, Southridge and Westview at Rood Bridge Park on Oct. 3, runners battled their way up and down grassy hills, slid around corners covered in bark chips, raced along paved pathways and wound their way through forests.

by: MILES VANCE - HEADED FOR HOME - Beaverton sophomore Erin Gregoire left the rest of the field in her wake in winning the individual crown at the three-team Metro League meet at Hillsboro's Rood Bridge Park last week.

“I really like this course. There’s not much pavement so it’s a real cross country course,” said Beaverton sophomore Erin Gregoire, the day’s overall winner. “It’s a hard course and it was pretty hot out, but I ran my best.”

“I like flatter courses — this one not so much,” said Southridge junior Rachel Niesen, who finished fourth overall. “The view is nice, but there are so many loops. After a while it’s like ‘Oh no. Where am I?’ It’s really confusing.”

“I like running up and down hills, and it’s nice to get a little bit of a change,” added Westview junior Sarah Medved, the runner-up last week. “It was a hard course but it was a lot of fun. That’s what cross country’s all about.”

by: MILES VANCE - IN TANDEM - Westview runners Sarah Medved (left) and Liliana Considine finished 2-3 in their  meet at Rood Bridge Park last week.

When it was all over, it was Westview’s girls team that had put its best foot forward, knocking off Beaverton 22-36 and beating Southridge 20-37 to go 2-0 in Metro competition. Southridge beat Beaverton 24-35 in the day’s other dual meet to move to 1-1 while the Beavers start league at 0-2.

That fast start has the Wildcats hoping that they can keep their momentum going through the next three weeks and win one of the league’s two team berths to the Class 6A state meet.

“I really hope (we’ll have a chance). I think we can do it,” said Medved, who finished second overall at 19 minutes, 39.15 seconds. “I think we can make it this year. We have a lot of new people who are really pushing themselves, running hard this year.”

Following Medved’s success, the Wildcats put all four of their other varsity scorers into the day’s top nine, with Liliana Considine taking third at 20:00.06, Rebecca Scheer grabbing fifth at 20:45.75, Mallory Hiefield placing eighth at 21:15.88, and Lauren Gastineau finishing ninth at 21:25.78.

Niesen set the pace for the Skyhawks with a finishing time of 20:15.66, followed across the finish line by teammates Heather LaPlante (seventh at 21:05.84), Elle Walton (10th at 21:32.75), Madison Tasker (12th at 21:36.96) and Jessica Sparks (13th at 21:52.09).

“I just hope I can keep improving throughout the season. I want to qualify for state ... and I want my team to qualify because we have really good girls this year.”

While Beaverton went 0-2 on the team front, Gregoire ran away with the day’s individual crown with a finishing time of 19:19.15 to beat Medved by 20 seconds. Given that the league opener came just four days after her participation in the Nike Pre-National meet, Gregoire was happy with the final result.

“I felt pretty good,” Gregoire said. “Saturday was a really hard race for me. It was really hot and it was in the middle of the day, but I feel like I’ve been able to recover pretty well.”

In upcoming meets, Westview runs in the Fernhill Race in Portland at 8 a.m. Saturday, then faces Aloha, Southridge and Jesuit at Jesuit High School at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Beaverton will run next against Sunset and Lincoln at Pier Park at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

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