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Beavers escape Sunset threat

Beaverton battles past Sunset 27-28 to go to 3-1 in Metro competition
by: MILES VANCE, IN THE WOODS — Sunset’s Ryan Kavanaugh leads Beaverton’s Paul Fowler out of the woods en route to victory in his team’s race against Beaverton while Fowler finished second last week.

BEAVERTON - The little things.

Coaches harp on doing the little things right every day in practice and sometimes, the world proves just how important those little things are.

The Beaverton and Sunset boys cross country teams found that out big-time last week at Tualatin Hills when the Beavers nipped the Apollos 27-28 in the next-to-last round of Metro League competition. The win, on Oct. 11, lifted Beaverton to 3-1 in league while Sunset dropped to 2-2.

'They were gunning for us,' said Beaverton coach Jim Archer. 'They did an excellent job of coaching on their part for this meet.'

Beaverton's runners built their win by finishing second, third, sixth, seventh and ninth, and a loss of one place by any of the five would have tipped the balance in the Apollos' favor.

'We know that if we all run our best races we should win, but we've been kind of inconsistent,' said Beaverton senior Paul Fowler, who finished the 5-kilometer race in second place at 17 minutes, 13 seconds.

After Fowler, Vincent Kirse was third in 17:15, Kyle Schytz was sixth in 17:30, Tom Semph (a recent transfer from Southridge) was seventh in 17:33 and Andrew Hair was ninth in 17:42.

Besides Sunset, the Beavers were also battling the injury bug last week, with Fowler still on the mend from an earlier hip injury and Maneesh Arora (14th overall) still hampered by shin splints.

While Sunset didn't get the win on the team front, it did get a strong performance and individual win from senior Ryan Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh used a strong effort in the second half of the race to win in 16:55.

'I didn't expect anything coming in, but I wanted to win,' Kavanaugh said after the race. 'I just wanted to stick with the front guys and then halfway or three-quarters of the way through let myself go. It felt good.'

Also scoring for the Sunset varsity were Grady Guerrant (fourth in 17:26), Arslan Quarishi (fifth in 17:28), Peter Fey (eighth in 17:36) and Sean Reilly (10th in 17:48).

Despite the loss, Sunset was still confident of its chances to earn one of the Metro's two team berths to state at the coming (Oct. 25) district meet.

'We'd like to go (to state) real bad. That would be real nice,' Kavanaugh said. 'Jesuit is pretty much untouchable, but after that, we think we have a chance.'

Sunset and Beaverton, which both finished their regular seasons yesterday after the Valley Times' press deadline, will both run in the Metro District meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Tualatin Hills.