The Crusaders win the 2011 Metro title at 6-0
BEAVERTON - The Jesuit boys cross country team felt the need for speed last week.
And the Crusaders satisfied that need big-time.
Jesuit beat both Lincoln (18-45) and Beaverton (15-50) at Jesuit High School on Oct. 19 to complete an unbeaten league run at 6-0, and brought four of its top five runners home in under 16 minutes in the process.
'To see my team come through like that - that's awesome,' said Jesuit senior David Leavy, who won the 5-kilometer race with a time of 15:22.69. Lincoln 'went hard the first mile, but our pack just took over.'
'It was phenomenal,' added Jesuit junior Hunter McGuirk, who placed second overall in a personal-best time of 15:45.31. 'One of our goals was to have our top seven under 16 (minutes) and I think today we had four guys under 16. It was a very good race.'
Leavy's efforts resulted in a personal best of almost 25 seconds and gave him hopes of even better things ahead at district (held Wednesday afternoon after the Valley Times' press deadline) and state.
'I've known I could run that (time) for a long time and it feels good to finally go out and do it,' Leavy said. 'The last race of my career at Jesuit - it couldn't be better.'
Jesuit's other varsity scorers were tough too, with Sam Remington fourth overall at 15:57.78, followed by Brian McDavitt (fifth at 15:58.24) and David McCaslin (sixth at 16:00.09).
In the day's other dual match-ups, Aloha beat Beaverton 16-45 and lost to Lincoln 21-35 to finish the regular season at 2-4, while the short-handed Beavers also lost to Lincoln 15-50 and ended their regular season at 0-6.
For Aloha, sophomore Devin Sellers also notched a PR, finishing in 16:28.52. He was followed by Brennen Hewitt (19th in 16:39.93), Bae Garmondeh (21st in 16:52.41), Joel Kramer (22nd in 16:53.88), and Jay Garmondeh (26th in 17:09.12).
'It was a fast course, I ran my hardest and I gave it my all out there,' Sellers said. 'My coach told me to get out faster and I really tried that today. That was my biggest thing - getting out faster than I have been.'
Beaverton competed without its top two runners - junior Dan Oekerman and senior Hussein Mohamed - but still believes it can battle with the league's top teams.
'We just wanted to go out and compete with the other guys,' said sophomore Drew Larabee, who placed 24th overall at 17:00.12. 'Coach (Jim) Crawford told us to get out and compete early in the race and I thought we did OK. I think if we had our top two guys and we got the rest of us like we did today, we'd do pretty well.'
Beaverton's other varsity finishers included Erik Olson (30th in 17:16.15), Zachary Collins (31st in 17:17.59), Jake Fenger (34th in 17:27.69), and Joseph Hill (40th in 18:28.28).
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