Viking Vengeance road race declared a hit by organizers

Race draws a record turnout and raises money for cross country
by: John Schrag The annual Viking Vengeance 5K race, which drew a record 140 competitors and raised money for the Forest Grove cross country program, was preceded by a kids’ race on Thursday evening. Organizers said the event was a huge success.

A record number of runners turned out for the annual Viking Vengeance 5K on Thursday, and race organizers described the event as a smashing success.

The Viking Vengeance raises money each year for the Forest Grove High School cross country program, which has grown in recent years from 10 to 70 athletes and annually competes in a number of invitational meets, like the prestigious Nike Pre-Nationals in Portland.

The race, not surprisingly, was dominated by current and former Forest Grove runners, led by overall winner Kellen Peters.

Peters, a 2004 FGHS graduate, won the 5K race with a time of 15:59.86. He was followed to the tape by rising Forest Grove senior Tyler Shipley (16:25.15) and former Viking Dusty Klein (16:59.86). Another current athlete, rising sophomore Geremia Lizier-Zmodzinski, finished fourth with a time of 17:28.98.

Dashiel and Grayson Penfield finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Dashiel clocked a time of 17:49.56 and Grayson finished in 17:52.09.

Former Pacific University runner Kelsey Owens was the top female finisher, claiming seventh place overall with a time of 18:02.63. Laura Matzke, a FGHS 2010 grad, was second among women with a time of 20:37.61, and rising junior Elena Torry-Schrag was third in 20:38.47.