Moore, Allred lead the way for Tualatin at the home meet

by: DAN BROOD - MOORE ON THE MOVE-- Tualatin High School senior Kayla Moore is running strong during last week's Tualatin Invitational cross country meet. Moore finished in fifth place in the varsity girls race. TUALATIN — Last year, as a Tualatin High School junior, Kayla Moore didn’t finish a cross country race and was hampered by an ankle injury.

She’s off to a better start to her senior season — much, much better.

Moore, after struggling last year, opened her 2012 season for the Timberwolves by running to fifth place in the varsity girls race at the Tualatin Invitational, held Sept. 5 under warm, sunny skies at Tualatin High School.

“It was good, in my opinion,” a happy Moore said after the race. “It was warm out, but really fun.”

The Tualatin boys, showing a pack mentality, also had fun at the season-opening meet.

“We have a bunch of scrappy guys, and we run together well,” Tualatin senior Scott Allred said. “We seem to piece it together.”

That looked to be the case at last week’s meet, as the Tualatin boys finished in third place in the team standings at the invitational with a score of 85 points. Three Rivers League powers West Linn, with 52 points, and Lake Oswego, with 73, took the top two DAN BROOD - IN STRIDE -- Tualatin senior Scott Allred keeps it going during the varsity boys race at the Tualatin Invitational.

“It is really hot out, but we ran well,” Allred said. “I’m proud of our guys.”

Allred led the way for the Tualatin boys at the meet, placing ninth with a time of 17 minutes and 22 seconds for the 5,000-meter race.

“It was good,” Allred said. “This year, I learned how to take it back and save it to the end, that’s where I thrive.”

Also for the Tualatin boys, junior Tyler Snyder was 12th in a time of 17:33. Sophomore Matthew Lovos ran to 13th place in 17:35. Sophomore Benjamin Love was 23rd at 18:21, sophomore Malachi Seib was 28th at 18:50, sophomore Ryan Elder was 33rd at 18:58 and sophomore Daniel Ennis was 36th at 19:07.

The Wolves are hoping the strong performance at the invitational is a good sign for the season.

“I want us to win the league title and get to state,” Allred said. “And I want everyone to know that we’re going to state. I don’t want it to be a surprise.”

Meanwhile, Moore was pleasantly surprised with her performance at the invitational.

“I didn’t finish a race last year and I had a high ankle sprain,” she said. “So my goal was just to finish the race. But (Tualatin assistant) coach (Andrew Bonica) said ‘you want to race, don’t you?’ And I said ‘OK.’”

And race, she did.

Moore started strong and never seemed to let up as she took fifth place in a time of 21:12.

“I’m extremely happy with that,” she said. “It’s my senior year and I said ‘go for it.’”

Also for the Tualatin girls, senior Christine Ho placed 28th in a time of 23:23, junior Alyssa Fuji was 30th at 23:34, senior Sarah Jacobson was 33rd at 23:55, freshman Amanda Keen was 37th at 23:24, senior Emma Williams was 43rd at 24:59 and senior Olivia Schrimp was 49th at 26:32.

The Tualatin girls finished in fifth place in the team standings with 131 points.

“We all motivate and support each other,” Moore said.

Lake Oswego placed first in the girls team standings at the invite with 44 points.

Beaverton’s Dan Oekerman won the varsity boys race in a time of 15:52 and Beaverton’s Erin Gregoire won the varsity girls race in 20:27.

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