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Corless, Jesuit girls make their case at state


The Crusaders are third and Sunsets girls fourth at state

EUGENE — For the second year in a row, the Metro League had two teams earn top-four spots on the podium at the Class 6A girls state cross country championships.

And just like last year, it was Jesuit finishing third overall and Sunset finishing close behind in fourth on Saturday at Lane Community College.

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - METRO THREE - Charlotte Corless of Sunset (left) leads Ellie Kallgren and Dylan Hite of Jesuit during the Class 6A state meet at Lane Community College in Eugene on Saturday.

The Crusaders placed five runners in the top 26, while Sunset — paced by junior Charlotte Corless, the only runner from the Metro League who placed in the top 10 — had five runners finish in the top 35.

“We ran our hardest, we did it for each other, for the team, and that’s all that’s important right now,” said Jesuit sophomore Ellie Kallgren, who led the way for the Crusaders with a 12th-place finish in 18:45.

The Apollos were equally satisfied with their performance.

“We were hoping for anywhere from first to fifth,” Corless said. “Last year we finished fourth, and we were able to match that with three freshmen running this year.”

Corless earned a spot on the top-10 podium by clocking in at 18 minutes and 36 seconds, good for eighth place overall.

“At the beginning of the season my goal was to make it to this meet and then (finish in the top 18) and make it to Border Clash,” Corless said. “After the Metro League meet, my mom was telling me, ‘Maybe you should make a goal to make the top 10 instead,’ and I was like ‘OK, sounds like a good goal.’”

Corless was closely followed by freshman teammate Nicole Griffiths, who placed 13th overall with a time of 18:51.

“It was really nerve-racking at first, but the race was really fun,” Griffiths said. “I like the course. It was hard with all the hills, but overall I think I did pretty good.”

For the Crusaders, senior Megan Mullaney (19th at 19:19) and freshman Nicole McCollough (20th at 19:20) each notched top-20 finishes. Junior Taylor Moscoe finished 22nd overall with a time of 19:28, and senior Lindsay Scheaffer (19:35) and freshman Katie Leavy (20:29) finished 26th and 43rd, respectively.

Though Jesuit has a rich history in the sport — the Crusaders won nine straight state titles from 2002-10 — Mullaney said this year’s team was focused on what it was capable of accomplishing.

“Yeah, we have a good past, but I think a lot of the girls were just happy with how it turned out with ourselves,” Mullaney said. “We used to have a lot of pressure because of that, but right now we’re just focusing on our pack this year and making sure we’re as good as we can be.”

Kallgren echoed her teammate’s sentiments after the meet.

“As long as we tried our hardest, first our third it doesn’t matter,” Kallgren said.

Grant won the team title with 66 points, followed closely by runner-up St. Mary’s Academy (68 points).

Westview junior Sarah Medved finished fifth among Metro League runners, coming it at 17th overall in 18 minutes and 59 seconds, while Beaverton sophomore Erin Gregoire finished 23rd at 19:30. Other Metro League individual participants included Southridge junior Rachel Niesen (37th at 20:11) and Aloha senior Amanda Stowe (55th at 20:51).