The Crusaders remain unbeaten, while Sunset's girls move to 4-1

The Metro League's best girls cross country runners stepped up big-time in week two of the 2011 cross country season.

At Portland's Pier Park, Sunset raced past Beaverton (20-41), Lincoln (22-33) and Westview (17-40) and improved to 4-1 in the league standings, trailing only 4-0 Jesuit there.

The Apollos' success came courtesy of a strong pack effort that saw all five of the team's varsity scorers finish within 47 seconds of each other. Karen Qu led the way for the Apollos, running to third at 19 minutes, 19 seconds, while Charlotte Corless was close behind in fourth at 19:22, followed by Sarah Fahmy (fifth at 19:24), Emma Gosser (eighth at 20:00), and Greer Davis (ninth at 20:06).

While Beaverton was less successful on the team front, freshman Erin Gregoire challenged Lincoln star Claire DeVoe for top honors before finally settling for second place in a finishing time of 19:17. DeVoe won the event at 18:56.

For Westview, Sarah Medved led the way by finishing sixth at 19:41, followed by Laura Engle (12th at 20:30), Rebecca Scheer (13th at 20:33) and Sophia Zhou (14th at 20:34).

In Metro action at Aloha, Jesuit knocked off Southridge 15-48 while the Warriors beat the Skyhawks 21-39.

The Crusaders placed all five of their varsity scorers in the day's top six, with Adrienne Demaree winning the 5K race at 18:26.68. She had plenty of help, though, with teammate Olivia Artaiz second at 18:42.1, Dylan Hite third at 18:56.73, Megan Mullaney fourth at 18:58.66, and Lindsay Sheaffer sixth at 19:09.3.

Aloha's Desyre Blackburn and Amanda Stowe did their best to break up all that Jesuit green up front, though, with Blackburn fifth at 19:06.28 and Stowe seventh at 19:09.75.

For Southridge, Lily Mayko ran to ninth overall at 19:29.21 while teammate Rachel Niesen took 10th at 19:35.33.

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 finishers from the league's other five teams, will all qualify for the Class 6A state meet.

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