Also: Susbauer shines at Nike Pre-Nationals
WEST LINN - Oregon City got strong performances from seniors Nathan Meeker and Bradley Laughlin, but it wasn't enough, as the Pioneers fell to cross-river rival West Linn 25-32 at a league-opening boys cross country meet here Sept. 21.
Meeker headed the 37-runner varsity boys field with a time of 17:01.3 for the Lions' 5,000-meter home course at Mary S. Young State Park. He beat out David Douglas senior Gus Arroyo Verra, who crossed the finish line seven seconds back.
Laughlin placed fourth (17:15.6), just back of West Linn junior Connor Cushman (17:13.7).
Rounding out Oregon City's scoring were junior Chris Durant, 12th (17:59.7); junior Keaton Stroh, 15th (18:10.7); and sophomore Al Lacey, 16th (18:12.5).
West Linn's top six runners placed in the top 14.
Runners from Canby, Gresham and David Douglas also took part in the boys meet.
Oregon City guys topped Canby 21-43 in the team dual scoring.
Oregon City junior Rachel Crawford (21:05.6) placed third in the 45-runner varsity girls field to pace the Pioneer girls. She finished well back of St. Mary's standout Paige Rice, who outclassed the field with an effort of 19:43.6.
Freshman Miranda Nelson placed 16th (21:59.2) to finish as the second runner for Oregon City girls.
Oregon City girls lost to both Canby (27-28) and West Linn (23-38).
Clackamas girls went 1-1 in Three Rivers League tri-dual action at Centennial on Sept. 21, defeating Lake Oswego 21-40, but yielding to Lakeridge 22-33.
The Cavalier girls were led by sophomore Kayla McNeeley, who placed 11th in a field of 51 runners, with a time of 22:12 for Centennial's 5,000-meter course.
Clackamas junior Kennedy Rufener (23:04) and Cavalier sophomore Olivia Brant (23:06) placed 25th and 27th respectively.
Lakeridge junior Kelly O'Neill (20:00) won the varsity girls race.
Teams from Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Centennial, Grant and Barlow took part in the meet.
Clackamas guys came up short, losing to Lakeridge 19-42 and to Lake Oswego 21-38.
Senior Ciaran Smythe placed ninth (16:59) in a 55-runner field to lead Clackamas guys.
Lakeridge junior Julian Heninger (16:21) edged Barlow junior Jackson Haselnus (16:22) for top individual honors.
PORTLND - Milwaukie senior Shannon Susbauer continued impressive over the weekend, placing 14th in the 98-runner elite Jim Danner Division of the prestigious Nike Pre-Nationals, held at the Portland Meadows Race Track on Saturday.
The meet had over 60 teams participating, and it included runners from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado, Texas and British Columbia.
Susbauer was clocked at 18:53.77. Maddie Meyers of Northwest High School out of Seattle set a blazing pace in the elite girls 5,000-meter race, at 17:38.25.
Milwaukie senior David Santillan ran in the boys elite race and placed 76th (16:47.93) in a field of 178 runners.
Oregon City senior Nathan Meeker (16:43.20), competing in the Division I varsity boys race, placed 14th in a field of 134 runners.
Oregon City junior Rachel Crawford, competing in the Division I varsity girls race, placed 20th (20:22.39) in a field of 118 runners.
In Class 4A, junior Madison Wease was the top performer for Gladstone, as the Gladiators last Thursday took part in a big 20-team invitational meet hosted by North Marion.
Wease placed 32nd in a time of 23:50 for the difficult Mission Bottom State Park 5,000-meter course.
'She raced very well and she raced smart on a tough course,' said Gladstone coach Jamie Breese.
Senior Sara Mejias (24:40) and sophomore Nicole Petersen (25:18) placed 45th and 55th respectively, as the Glad girls finished 10th overall.
Senior Ryan LeDoux (57th, 19:39), a first-year cross country runner, led Gladstone boys, who fielded an incomplete team.
Gladstone sophomore Nick Zerzan ran a good race, recording a three-minute PR of 22:39.
The Gladiators vie in the Stayton Invitational this Thursday.