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Beavers 1-2 punch leads to two wins

Beaverton takes out Westview and Southridge in Metro competition
by: MILES VANCE, TWO TO GO — Beaverton’s Vincent Kirse (right) and Hasson Hamadi ran to a 1-2 finish last Wednesday at Westview High School and led the Beavers to Metro League wins over both Westview and Southridge.

ROCK CREEK - The weather was hot, the competition was hot and so was the Beaverton boys cross country team.

Beaverton, racing against Westview and Southridge at Westview High School in last Wednesday's 85-degree temperatures, showed the Wildcats and Skyhawks their heels, beating Westview 14-46 and Southridge 22-36 to improve to 2-1 in Metro League competition. Southridge also beat Westview to improve to 1-2 while the Wildcats fell to 0-3. Jesuit leads the Metro boys race at 3-0.

'If we have our team together, I think we're pretty hard to beat,' said Beaverton Vincent Kirse, who won the 5-kilometer boys meet with a finishing time of 17 minutes, 12 seconds. 'We were expecting first place as a team. We want to make our presence known.'

'The boys ran well but we need to take advantage of our pack more,' said Beaverton coach Jim Archer.

While Archer wasn't entirely thrilled with his team's day, the Beavers were pretty darned good.

In addition to Kirse's win, teammate Hasson Hamadi ran to second in 17:24, followed by Kyle Schytz in fourth at 17:42.52; Andrew Hair in eighth at 18:02.51 and Marcus Himelhoch in ninth at 18:11.28.

For his part, Kirse said he wasn't put off by the day's heat in the least. Indeed, it seemed to suit him just fine.

'Personally, I kind of like it hot,' he said. 'I was hoping for first place (so) I don't have any complaints.'

The Skyhawks, meanwhile, ran without one of their top two athletes, senior Kurtis Semph, yet still managed to pick up their team's first win of the season thanks to the third-place finish of junior Michael T. Brown. Brown, while happy with his third-place effort, felt he was capable of even more but for the day's unusually warm temperatures.

'Tactically, I felt good, but (physically) I just felt terrible the whole time, right from the start,' Brown said. 'I was just going to go with the leaders and try to win, but I just felt terrible the whole time. I don't know what was up; I just felt really bad.'

In addition to Brown's effort, teammate Kyle Schenone was fifth at 17:42.76; Jordan Brock was seventh in 17:57.71; Kurtis Semph was 11th in 18:24.79, and Kyle Bailey was 16th in 18:49.02.

Likewise, Westview's top finisher, sophomore Alex Emberlin, suffered with the day's heat and the lingering effects of a couple days illness. Emberlin ran to sixth overall with a finishing time of 17:47.

'I know most of the obstacles and I know how to run (Westview's home course), but this heat just makes all the difference,' Emberlin said. 'I've been sick for a day or two and ... this heat is crazy. I don't even know how to run in it.'

As much as the heat, though, Emberlin knew that part of his troubles were caused by Beaverton's solid day.

'The Beaverton guys definitely had a good pace going,' Emberlin said. 'Beaverton came out of nowhere.'

In upcoming meets, Beaverton and Westview both run in the Jim Danner Invitational at Blue Lake Park in Gresham at 9 a.m. Saturday.