Crusaders, Apollos run on to 6A state
Jesuit and Sunset ready to make big inroads at the 6A state meet
BEAVERTON - The Jesuit girls cross country team did not get everything it wanted from last week's Metro League district meet.
The Crusaders - who went unbeaten in the Metro regular season - came close, though, and they very well may just get everything they want at Saturday's Class 6A state meet. That race is scheduled for 2:25 p.m. Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Jesuit won the district meet again - it was held Oct. 26 at Tualatin Hills - taking top honors for the 10th straight time with 35 points, but saw Lincoln senior Claire DeVoe run away with the individual title, edging Jesuit senior Adrienne Demaree by just over six seconds.
'I'm happy I ran under 18 minutes again, and you can't win every race. Claire's a great runner,' said Demaree, who finished second at 17 minutes, 57.34 seconds. 'But I felt pretty strong, and there's always next week.'
While DeVoe took the individual crown at 17: 51.18, the Crusaders made sure they grabbed the team title, their 35 points good enough to hold off a spirited effort from Sunset, which finished second with 47 points and also qualified for state as a team.
'I think everyone did great today,' Demaree said. 'I'm happy with how we did. We trained really hard for this race and it all paid off.'
After Demaree, Jesuit senior Olivia Artaiz was third at 18:15.41, freshman Dylan Hite took sixth at 18:31.75, Megan Mullaney placed 11th at 18:52.72, and Lindsay Sheaffer rounded out the team's varsity scorers by crossing in 13th at 18:57.34.
Sunset, meanwhile, backed up its 5-1 regular-season record by landing three of its finishers among the day's top nine, and all five of its varsity scorers in the meet's top 14. That group was led by junior Karen Qu, who set a 30-second PR of 18:21.25 on her way to finishing fifth overall.
'That was good because that was under my season goal for myself,' Qu said. 'I felt pretty good for the first mile, but we went out really fast, and where I really started to hurt was coming out of that forest for that last mile. I had a little left, but I still had to push through it.'
Joining Qu in the top 10 were freshman Charlotte Corless in seventh at 18:37.15, and junior Sarah Fahmy in ninth at 18:40.69. The Apollos' other two varsity scorers were Emma Gosser (she was 12th in 18:53.34) and Greer Davis (14th in 18:59.31).
Now, the Apollos will get to test themselves against the rest of the state's best, running at the Class 6A meet for the first time since 2008.
'Our efforts finally paid off,' Qu said. 'It was a hard training season but it was worth it. We just want to go in with the same mindset, to keep doing what we've been doing and hopefully improve on some of the weaker parts of our race.'
After Lincoln's girls grabbed third at 93, Aloha was fourth at 100 points, its success led by led by junior individual state qualifier Amanda Stowe, who placed eighth overall at 18:38.88, and Desyre Blackburn's 15th-place finish at 19:00.15.
'I am so proud of myself and my team. I just really wanted to qualify for state, which I did, and I wanted to PR,' said Stowe, who bettered her previous best time by almost 30 seconds. 'As a team, we were so tight with Lincoln and Sunset, so we really wanted to go to state - that didn't happen, but we're all just proud of each other.'
Also headed to state from the Metro League is Beaverton freshman Erin Gregoire. Gregoire ran to fourth overall at 18:16.69 to earn her state-meet berth.
'I PR'd by like a minute. It feels good,' Gregoire said. 'I really like this course. It's a fast course so it's a good course for PR's.'
Westview's girls ran to fifth place with a team total of 128 points, with junior Sarah Medved setting the pace for the Wildcats at 18:47.15.
'It was a fast run,' Medved said. 'I was hoping to make state - that's always the goal - but I just wanted to do my best.'
Southridge finished sixth overall in the team standings at 138 points - ahead of Beaverton's 162. Senior Lily Mayko led the way for the Skyhawks after placing 16th in a time of 19:02.56.
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