Forest Grove boys and girls sweep Tualatin, Century at their only home meet
In their final tune-up before this week's Pacific Conference district cross country meet, Forest Grove earned yet another dual meet sweep in a season that has been full of them.
Hosting their first and only home meet of the season, the Vikings cruised to victory against both Tualatin and Century last Wednesday at Anderson Farm, capping an outstanding regular season that saw the team lose only one dual meet - a one-point loss to Tigard that ultimately decided the boys league championship.
The undefeated Forest Grove girls, meanwhile, clinched the regular-season league crown with Wednesday's dual meet sweep. The Lady Vikings, led by runner-up Elena Torry-Schrag, won a pair of relatively easy decisions - 15-48 against Century and 20-39 against Tualatin.
The Forest Grove boys, led by race winner Tyler Shipley and four other Top 10 finishers, posted a 15-48 win over Century and a 25-31 victory against Tualatin.
'We're very excited,' said Forest Grove coach Sue Fleskes. 'This is the first time the girls have won a league championship in the history of the school, and the boys just lost out by one point. This is a pretty exciting time for our program.'
Shipley sizzled on the Viks' home course last Wednesday, winning the boys 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 17 seconds. Tualatin's Nathan Love finished second in 18:31.
Forest Grove had all five of its scoring runners in the Top 10 individually. Sophomore Michael Garcia finished third in 18:55, and the trio of James McCahon, Seth Berdahl and C.J. Johnson swept positions six through eight - McCahon was sixth (19:22), Berdahl was seventh (19:29) and Johnson was eighth (19:36).
Tualatin's Alexandria Cross pulled away from the rest of the field in the girls 5K race and won by more than a minute, posting a time of 22:21.
Torry-Schrag was Forest Grove's top female finisher, taking second place in 23:25. She led a contingent of five straight Lady Vikings to the tape, followed by Olivia Masek-McIntosh in third place (23:45), Emilia Anderson in fourth (23:59), Suly Rosales-Moreno in fifth (24:31) and Rubi Vergara-Grindell in sixth (24:33).
That consistency on the boys and girls sides should be a huge benefit on Thursday as the Vikings travel to Clackamas Community College for the district meet, where they will try to qualify both teams for the OSAA Class 6A state championships. The Forest Grove boys have qualified as a team in six of the last seven seasons, while the girls have yet to send a full team in that same time period.
'I never want to make predictions, but I went ahead and reserved 11 rooms in Eugene next week for state,' Fleskes said. 'This has been our focus all along. We want to be running our best at district and then at state.'