WL runners see fast times at Blue Lake
- Matthew Sherman
- West Linn Tidings - Sports
West Linn's cross country teams put together some strong races at Blue Lake Park last week in a crossover event featuring all of the teams from the Three Rivers League and Mt. Hood Conference.
The West Linn boys finished in a tie for sixth with Oregon City and were edged out by the Pioneers whose sixth runner finished ahead of the Lions'.
Connor Cushman and Dillon George finished neck and neck for West Linn.
Cushman took 15th place in 16:51, taking more than 30 seconds off of his lifetime best time.
George was just one second behind in 16th and also posted the best time of his career.
Tyler Griffin was next for the Lions, taking 31st overall with his best-ever time and Braden Krellwitz finished in 44th, turning in a best time by nearly 20 seconds.
John Goetze was fifth for the Lions, just barely missing out on breaking 18 minutes for the first time.
For the girls, West Linn finished in eighth place just behind Lake Oswego but ahead of Canby.
Julia Boyd-Helm led the way for the Lions once again, taking 15th place individually with a time of 20:50.
Leah Henningsen wasn't far behind in 24th place, just 30 seconds off of Boyd-Helm's pace.
Elie Clow was the third Lion to cross the finish line, putting together a top-50 performance.
She was followed by Cailin Guerins and freshman Hanna Morford.
Sixth place finisher Hannah Carr also ran extremely well, finishing 12 seconds faster than her previous best time.
West Linn had hosted another Mt. Hood Conference/Three Rivers League meet at Mary S. Young State Park on Wednesday and, next week, the team will travel to Concordia.