It was a sweep for the Mt. Hood Conference, and by sophomores, at the state cross-country meet. Paige Rice of St. Mary's Academy and Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic scored victories at the Class 6A level.
Thompson's seven-second win over South Eugene senior Brian Eimstad helped the Rams take second behind the Axemen, with South Eugene winning 56-77. Thompson finished the Lane Community College course in 15 minutes, 41 seconds.
Crater took third among the boys with 93 points, and Jesuit was fourth with 97. David Leavy was sixth to lead the Crusaders.
In the rain, Rice edged South Eugene freshman Sara Teal by one second, winning in 18:09. South Eugene's girls also took the team title, scoring 53 points, followed by Crater with 63, Jesuit with 70, Sunset with 94 and St. Mary's with 146.
Jesuit's top placer was senior Adrienne Demaree, who took 11th. Lincoln senior Claire DeVoe was eighth. Grant was seventh with 203 points, with senior Christina Mulch 28th.
Rice was the runner-up as a freshman.
'It was a painful second,' she says. 'I finished second in cross-country and second in track and field. I was hungry for it (this year). … It was a tough race. I felt this year I was in it and had more control.
'My high school experience has been great. Freshman year was a blast, as I was able to test out the competitive waters that make up high school running.'
Thompson, who finished 18th as a freshman, trailed Leavy after the first mile, but made his move with a mile to go.
'It's a really a great honor,' Thompson says. 'It feels like a dream. There wasn't too much pressure. All season I've been out in the lead.'
The Rams had all five of their scorers in the top 26, with Thompson getting support from freshman Sam Truax (14th, the best showing ever by a CC frosh), junior Jordan Landstrom (22nd), freshman Sam Lomax (24th) and junior Andrew Green (26th).
The Rams earned a trophy (top four) for the ninth year in a row, garnering their seventh straight finish in the top two.
'We knew that we were going to be great next year,' Thompson says. 'Why not be great this year?'
Cleveland had one goal: Earn a trophy. And the Warriors did it, placing fourth.
'I was really, really pleased,' coach Tony Cantwell says. 'The team had a pretty good plan coming in, and executed it. I think our top four girls ran as well as I thought they could have. They just ran great.'
The top six teams were Summit (16 points), Bend (101), Marist (103), Cleveland (130), Corvallis (174) and Franklin (190).
Freshman Emma Wrenn of Cleveland placed 11th in 19:21, 26 seconds faster than her previous best. Warriors sophomore Bryn McKillop, the PIL 5A district champion, was 22nd. Junior Hannah Spencer placed 26th, junior Emma Rollins was 37th and junior Kelsey McCall took 62nd.
Franklin soph Margarita Lauer nabbed 13th in 19:30, with juniors Chloe Retallack (33rd), Mona Law (36th) and Allegra Hoenigman (53rd) next for the Quakers, and sophomore Caitlin Morrison (87th) scoring fifth for the team.
Behind third-place Jackson Baker, Franklin took fourth with 109 points. Summit (44), Hermiston (52) and Wilsonville (104) were the top three teams.
Summit junior Travis Neuman (15:32) edged The Dalles-Wahtonka senior Alex Dillard (15:36) and Baker (15:36) for the individual title.
Baker stayed with Neuman for much of the race before Dillard caught the Franklin PIL 5A district champ in the closing meters. 'I was going for the win as a senior,' Baker says. 'I never let (Neuman) go. I went with him.' Baker never saw Dillard coming. 'I was just dead,' Baker says. 'If I saw him, I would have had a little more energy in me.'
Quakers senior Fletcher Hazlehurst finished ninth in 16:11. For Franklin, then came junior Jackson Packham (20th), senior Josh Edel (41st) and junior Dane Hilts (48th).
Cleveland was sixth with 146 points. The Warriors' top finishers were juniors Christopher Hinkle (14th), Adrian Hinkle (26th) and Ethan Livermore (37th). Other scorers were senior Logan Banning-Shaughnessy (40th) and freshman Roba Sultessa (43rd).
The Oregon School Activities Association playoffs officially begin this weekend, with four Portland Interscholastic League teams, Central Catholic, Jesuit and Portland Christian among the local teams in the mix.
The 32-team 6A lineup includes a doubleheader at Lincoln, where the host Cardinals will meet Gresham at 4 p.m., and Grant will take on Grants Pass at 7:30 p.m. Across the street at Jeld-Wen Field, Central Catholic will play South Salem at 7 p.m. Jesuit has a 7 p.m. home game against McMinnville, and David Douglas travels to West Linn for a 4 p.m. match-up. The winner of Friday's 7 p.m. Westview-at-Canby game will meet the Grant-Grants Pass winner next week.
In the 5A ranks, PIL champion Jefferson treks to Mountain View for a Friday round-of-16 game. … Roosevelt, which rallied to beat Estacada 18-15 in last week's play-in round, gets a rematch with undefeated La Salle at 7 p.m. Friday at La Salle. The Falcons beat Roosevelt 62-40 in the season opener. … Portland Christian goes to Monroe on Friday to launch the 16-team 2A playoffs.
Two-time defending champion Central Catholic opens the eight-team 6A tournament with an 8 a.m. Friday match against West Linn. Jesuit's first match is at 10 a.m. Friday against Sprague. The tourney at Liberty High concludes Saturday. … Portland Christian is one of eight teams in the Friday-Saturday 2A tourney at Pacific University. The Royals open with Weston-McEwen at 10 a.m. Friday.
Cleveland and Wilson have reached the 5A quarterfinals. On Saturday, Cleveland will play at Sherwood at 3 p.m., while Putnam tangles with Wilson at Lincoln at 7 p.m. … In Saturday's 6A quarterfinals, Grant visits Clackamas at 3 p.m., and Jesuit goes to Lake Oswego at 4:30 p.m.
Cleveland is the last PIL team standing. The Warriors have a Saturday 5A quarterfinal noon game at home against Wilsonville. … In the 6A quarterfinals, Jesuit will be at home against South Salem at 1 p.m. Saturday. … The 3A/2A/1A quarterfinals also are Saturday, and will have Horizon Christian at Catlin Gabel at 4:15 p.m., and Blanchet Catholic at Oregon Episcopal School at 3 p.m.
(Jon Fuccillo contributed to this story.)