Madras sophomore Sunny Runsabove turned in his best time of the season last Friday at the annual Oxford Classic held at Bend's Drake Park.
>Madras to run at Pleasant Hill Saturday
Runsabove finished the 5,000-meter varsity invite in 18 minutes, 5 seconds for 34th place overall.
"Sunny shaved nearly 40 seconds off his time and if he can drop another 20 seconds or so, he will have an excellent chance of qualifying for the state meet," Alire said.
Madras has not qualified a runner for the state meet in three years.
"He is steadily improving and I think if he believes in himself, he could qualify for state," Alire said of Runsabove.
Also for Madras, Isaac Fisher placed 65th in 19:11, J'Von Smith (19:51) was 78th, Miguel Vasquez (20:00) was 82nd, Chris Lay (20:25) was 86th, Bryce Vincent (20:52) was 90th and Joshua Pilette (21:49) finished 94th.
"Isaac is a slow starter and he's working hard on improving early in his races," Alire said. "He just needs to be more confident.
Alex Dillard of The Dalles-Wahtonka was the top boys runner in the varsity invite, crossing the finish line in 16:03. Travis Neuman of Summit was the top male runner in the boys varsity elite, finishing in 15:20.
On the girls' side, Stephanie Quinn of Madras placed 26th in 24:59 and Stephanie Garcia was 60th in 28:31.
Alisha Luna of Klamath Union was the top girls varsity runner with a time of 18:32, while Megan Fristoe of Summit was the top girls varsity elite runner with a time of 18:12.
Madras ran at La Pine Tuesday after press deadline and will compete in Pleasant Hill Saturday.