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Vikings assault trask mountain, boxers stumble in second half, cross country club beginning

Vikings assault trask mountain

Forest Grove kicked off the 2011 cross country season with a strong showing at the Trask Mountain Assault, braving deep mud pits and swarms of bees to finish fourth overall in the girls race and fifth in the boys race.

'It was a hot one and the course had to be altered a bit after the Open Race due to bee nests,' said Forest Grove coach Sue Fleskes. 'But our kids did well, loving the mud and spirit of the day.'

Annually one of the season's most anticipated races, the Trask Mountain Assault features an extremely challenging 5K course with river crossings, mud bogs and steep uphill sections.

The Forest Grove girls claimed fourth place even without senior Olivia Masek-McIntosh, who was held out as a precaution due to a severe allergy to bee stings.

'She took it well, knowing that it just wasn't worth the risk,' Fleskes said.

Still, the Lady Vikings looked good, getting a 12th-place finish from junior Elena Torry-Schrag out of 223 varsity runners. Sophomore Emilia Anderson had a breakout performance with her 20th-place finish, and freshman Rubi Vergara-Grindell ran a very aggressive race and finished 25th.

The highlight for Forest Grove's boys was a second-place finish by senior Tyler Shipley, who went back and forth all race against Julian Heninger of Lakeridge.

'(Tyler) is racing so well right now,' Fleskes said.

Shipley was followed to the line by Viking teammates James McCahon (20th), C.J. Johnson (35th), Camden Kennedy (36th) and Ian Dehner (46th).

Next up for Forest Grove is the New Balance Festival of Champions on Saturday at Clackamas CC.

boxers stumble in second half

For the second straight week, Pacific saw the efforts of a well-played first half slip away on Saturday as Menlo scored the final 23 points of the game for a 23-16 come-from-behind victory over the Boxers in football action at Lincoln Park Stadium.

After pulling out to a 16-0 lead with 1:34 left in the first half, the Boxers (0-2) found themselves done in by turnovers and penalties. Pacific fumbled twice in the final 30 minutes and had all eight of its penalties in the second half.

'We go back to the fact that we are a young football team,' said Pacific coach Keith Buckley. 'We have led more than we have been behind this year, but we have come up on the short end twice.'

cross country club beginning

The Forest Grove Run Youth Cross Country Club will start up this fall, offering three practices per week and a total of seven competitive races for local runners.

The club is free and is open to fifth through eighth graders in the Forest Grove area. The club will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for practices at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, and races will be held in Portland and Hillsboro.

The club hopes to provide local youth with an opportunity to learn more about the sport of cross country and distance running, while promoting healthy and active lifestyles in a team setting.

For more information about the club, visit www.forestgroverun.com.