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Lady Bowmen run strong at Salem invite

SALEM - The Sherwood High School girls cross country squad turned in another strong performance, placing third in the team standings at the Star City XClassic, held Oct. 5 at Bush Park in Salem.

The Lady Bowmen placed third out of 13 team in the varsity girls 5,000-meter event with a team score of 72 points. Sheldon placed first with a score of 25 and Marist was second with a total of 33.

Junior Devon Greene led the way for the Sherwood girls. She placed 10th individually with a time of 20 minutes and 44 seconds.

Greene was followed by a pack of Lady Bowmen runners. Senior Victoria Kalina was 15th with a time of 21:14, senior Cara Smurdon was 16th at 21:29, sophomore Avery Rosenbalm was 17th at 21:30, senior Kylie Thalhofer was 18th at 21:32, junior Kelsey Niebergall was 23rd at 21:43 and junior Kelli Mahoney was 35th at 22:34.

The Sherwood boys placed ninth in the team standings at the event with 203 points.

Senior Peter Alley paced the Bowmen, finishing in 23rd place in a time of 17:38.

Also for Sherwood, senior Evan Heslop was 34th at 17:57, junior Connor Anderson was 51st at 18:35, freshman Tristan Bishop was 53rd at 18:37, junior Erik Bennett was 55th at 18:39, sophomore Ryan Pierce was 63rd at 18:46 and sophomore Colin Auerbach was 68th at 18:58.

The Horizon Christian boys finished in 15th place in the team standings with 461 points.

Freshman Nathan McGill had the top finish for the Hawks. He was 110th in a time of 20:03. Also for Horizon Christian, sophomore Blake Phillips was 140th at 20:50, sophomore Jaspar Perkins was 162nd at 21:33 and freshman Ty Anderson was 189th at 23:03.

Sheldon took first place in the boys team standings with 47 points.

Horizon Christian had a pair of competitors in the girls two-mile race. Hawk freshman Hannah Cesario placed 19th in that event in a time of 13:28 and junior Kathryn Schifferdecker was 88th at 16:14.

The Sherwood teams were scheduled to run against Liberty, Sandy and Wilsonville Wednesday in a league meet held at Wilsonville Memorial Park. Results of that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.