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Lady Viks race past Tigard

Forest Grove girls remain unbeaten in conference dual meets with a resounding win against Tigard

The Forest Grove boys cross country program has qualified as a team for the OSAA Class 6A state championships in six of the last seven seasons, while the girls program has sent just eight individuals to state in the same time period.

Is this the year the Lady Vikings turn the tables?

The Forest Grove girls remained undefeated in Pacific Conference dual meets this season with an impressive 20-37 victory over Tigard last Wednesday, landing four runners in the Top 5 to improve their record to 3-0 so far.

'We lead the league going into the second half of the season,' said longtime Forest Grove coach Sue Fleskes. 'It's the best start ever for one of our girls teams.'

Elena Torry-Schrag led the Lady Vikings against Tigard, winning the 5K varsity race with a time of 20:39.12. She was followed closely by teammate Olivia Masek-McIntosh, who took second in 20:44.11.

Freshman Rubi Vergara-Grindell also landed in the Top 5, finishing fourth with a time of 21:36.64, and Emilia Anderson placed fifth in 21:50.88. Julia Khoury rounded out Forest Grove's team score with an eighth-place finish (22:21.77).

The Lady Vikings also turned in a strong showing at the Harrier Classic in Albany over the weekend. Despite missing three varsity runners who were taking the SAT exam, Forest Grove managed an 11th-place finish out of 36 teams.

In a field of 255 runners, Torry-Schrag finished 38th in 20:11, Vergara-Grindell took 51st in 20:43 and Anderson was 73rd in 21:11.

The girls may be off to the best start in program history, but the Forest Grove boys have also been running well this year. Against Tigard, the Vikings dropped a narrow 27-28 decision, but they rallied to take fifth place out of 40 teams at the Harrier Classic.

Tyler Shipley continued his torrid start to the season, smoking the field at last week's dual against Tigard. Shipley's time of 16:59.74 was almost half a minute faster than runner-up Scott Rice of Tigard, and Shipley also earned a medal for his 16th-place finish (16:27) at the Harrier Classic.

Other Viking boys who ran well included James McCahon and C.J. Johnson. McCahon finished 41st in a field of 269 at the Harrier Classic, and Johnson took 71st place.