Metro girls tune up in XC finale
Jesuit sweeps past three more foes to finish 2011 at 6-0
BEAVERTON - Jesuit's girls cross country team knew that it had some challenges ahead of it this year.
The Crusaders, after all, graduated five of the top seven runners from last year's Metro League and Class 6A state champion, including two of the state's top three finishers.
But what Jesuit might once have considered a rebuilding year is beginning to look much more like a reloading year.
The Crusaders showed that once again in their Metro League regular-season finale at Jesuit High School on Oct. 19, beating Beaverton 15-50 and Lincoln 23-36 to finish at 6-0. Jesuit and the rest of the Metro League also ran at district yesterday, held Wednesday afternoon after the Valley Times' press deadline.
'Lots of people doubted us because we lost five seniors, but we've really proven them wrong,' said Jesuit senior Adrienne Demaree, who won the 5-kilometer race at 17 minutes, 55.53 seconds. 'We're still fighting for it.'
'At he beginning of the season, we'd lost five of our top seven so we looked at it like a rebuilding year, but we've really showed up,' said Jesuit senior Olivia Artaiz, who finished third overall with a time of 18:22.12. 'I'm feeling really good. I'm really excited for district and state.'
Demaree and Artaiz got challenged last week by Lincoln senior Clair DeVoe. DeVoe took the lead early in the race and held until after the midway point, but Demaree stepped up, took control and raced home to win in her fastest time of the season by almost 31 seconds.
'We just planned to go out with her no matter how fast she went,' Demaree said. 'It ended up being really fast, but it worked because we both PR'd.'
DeVoe finished second at 18:07.50, followed by Artaiz in 18:22.12, Dylan Hite (fourth in 18:43.41), Megan Mullaney (ninth in 19:03.06) and Lindsay Sheaffer (10th in 19:06.41).
Aloha closed out its strong regular season by beating Lincoln 28-29 and Beaverton 15-48 to finish 4-2 and third in league, its efforts last week led by junior Desyre Blackburn. Blackburn ran to fifth overall at 18:44.46, while the rest of the Warriors' varsity scorers were Amanda Stowe (seventh at 18:58.84), Allison Martinez (13th at 19:30.31), Anna Miller (14th at 19:38.06), and Samantha Wight (18th at 19:55.52).
'I love this course. It's my favorite course,' Blackburn said after setting a new personal best by more than 21 seconds. 'It's very exciting. It's a great way to end the (regular) season.'
Beaverton, which competed without top runner Erin Gregoire - she missed the meet with illness - also lost to Lincoln 16-47 in the day's other dual match-up and finished the regular season at 0-6.
Junior Corinne Murray paced the Beavers' efforts by finishing 19th overall with a finishing time 20:01.25, a new personal best and a welcome relief after battling through a case of whooping cough.
'I was a little upset that Erin was having a sick day, but I decided to step it up and give Beaverton a little bit of a show out there. I'm happy,' Murray said. 'I'm just getting over whooping cough. It's a really long sickness and I'm still getting over it.'
Also scoring for the Beavers were Melissa Rutherford (29th in 21:13.56) Jessie Hansen (33rd in 21:24.37), Anisha Malynur (34th in 21:38.34), and Belle Ottinger (36th in 22:07.31).
In upcoming action, the Class 6A state meet is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. Nov. 5 at Lane Community College.
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