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Valiants shake it out at home, prep for district

Both VC cross country teams think they can win state berths


BEAVERTON — Tuned up, tuned in and ready for top gear.

That’s exactly where the Valley Catholic cross country teams are and exactly where they want to be as they head into today’s (Thursday’s) District 1 Championship Meet at Tualatin Hills.

by: MILES VANCE - ALL ALONE - Valley Catholic junior Josephine Chau left the rest of the field far behind to win the girls race at the Valiant Invitational on Friday at Valley Catholic High School.

The Valiants got one last chance to stretch their legs before the district meet when they hosted Friday’s Valiant Invitational at Valley Catholic High School, and made the most of it. The VC girls won their half of the day’s meet, finishing with 24 points while runner-up Southwest Christian ended at 33.

Senior Josephine Chau set the pace in that girls meet, running to victory with a winning time of 11 minutes, 3 seconds in the 3-kilometer event, giving her a 21-second cushion over the day’s runner-up, freshman teammate Maricela Jaroch (11:24).

“I felt really good,” Chau said. “My legs are really fresh, and especially since we’re going to taper, my legs are probably going to feel a lot better (for district). I’m excited.”

As evidenced by Jaroch’s finish, Chau had plenty of help, including a sixth-place finish by Sophia Chau (12:07), and eighth from Annika Holstrom (12:11) and a ninth by Ermina Lee (12:15).

That performance has the Valiants thinking big as they look ahead to today’s District 1 meet, set for 3 p.m. at Tualatin Hills, and for the upcoming Class 3A/2A/1A state meet, set for 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

“We’ve been working on pack running, keeping together, staying as close as we can so I think we’re ready,” Josephine Chau said. “We’re pretty confident for district, but we’re going for our best at state because we know Union is really close and they won state last year. But we raced them once this season and they were a bit ahead but I think our chances are pretty good if we keep together.”

Boys Race

The Valiants boys had a nice run too in the day’s cool, damp weather, running to second place with a team total of 48 points while Southwest Christian topped the field with 25 points.

VC junior Cooper Roach led the way for the Valiant boys, taking second place overall at 9:35 and trailing just SWC’s Trevor Lane who won the event in 9:25.

“I’m happy. I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into it but it was a good race,” Roach said, adding that Lane is “really fast. I know we were really competitive in track last year, so it’s good to have someone who has a time close to you in cross country.”

After Roach’s finish, it was VC’s Wilder Boyden (fifth at 9:44), Nathaniel Trobough (13th at 10:41), David Gehlen (15th at 10:58), and Michael Leslie (16th at 10:59).

Now, the Valiants can set their sights on district, and they hope, the state meet that follows.

“I think I’ll try to go out with the lead pack at district and try to win it. That’s the goal,” Roach said. “The team’s goal is a district title, but we want to go to state for sure. Our goal is just to get to state.”

Should the Valiants finish first or second at district, the boys state race is set for 10:35 a.m.

To see a complete photo gallery from this meet, please go to www.milesvance.exposuremanager.com.



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