Metro boys hit the ground running in week two
- Miles Vance
- Beaverton Valley Times - Sports
Jesuit's boys win again, while Sunset picks up its third win in Metro competition
There were successes, challenges and great perform-ances in great supply in week two of the Metro League boys cross country season.
At Portland's Pier Park, Lincoln's boys notched three wins, beating Beaverton 20-40, taking out Westview 21-34 and Sunset 22-37 to move to 4-0 in league and a first-place tie with Jesuit. West-view's boys also picked up two wins, beating the Beavers 20-41 and Sunset 24-35, while the Apollos edged Beaverton 26-29 in the day's other pair-ing.
In upcoming meets, the Metro District championship is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Tualatin Hills. The top two teams, as well as the top four individual finish-ers from the league's other five teams, will all qualify for the Class 6A state meet.
Individually, Beaverton senior Hussein Mohamed ran away with the day's individ-ual title, completing the 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 25 seconds while Lincoln's Tanner Smith placed second at 16:40. The Beavers, how-ever, running without Dan Oekerman and Kevin Kava-naugh, didn't get their next runner home until Erik Olson crossed in 17th place at 17:45.
Westview junior RJ Mor-gan set the pace for the Wild-cats , racing home in fifth place at 17:01, followed by teammates Sam Curl (seventh at 17:06), Taran Hughes (11th at 17:25), Jake Schmerber (12th at 17:28) and Sean Clausen (13th at 17:32).
For Sunset, senior Nathan Brown stepped up to finish third at 16:49, while teammate Mark Sussman also cracked the top 10, placing sixth at 17:04.
In Metro action at Aloha, Jesuit's boys beat Southridge 22-39 to lift the Crusaders to 4-0, while the Skyhawks edged the Warriors 27-29.
Southridge senior Justin Rocereto took home top honors in the race, covering the 5K course in 15:42.92, while Jesuit's David Leavy, Hunter McGuirk and Sam Remington finished in second, third and fourth, with Leavy crossing at 15:47.35, McGuirk at 16:00 and Remington at 16:03.75.
Jesuit's other two varsity scorers -- Alex Joseph and Brian McDavitt - finished sixth and seventh, Joseph in 16:21.23 and McDavitt in 16:22.77.
Southridge's next-fastest finisher was Ryan Jones, who finished fifth overall at 16:10.4. For Aloha, Devin Sellers ran to 12th at 16:42.7 and Brennen Hewitt was 14th at 16:49.23.