La Salle Prep guys sweep the first five places en route to their eighth straight team title

by: DAVID BALL - La Salle Prep boys were all business from start (pictured) to finish at last weeks Tri-Valley Conference District Cross Country Meet, where they swept the first five places. Pictured (left to right) are: Logan Veasy, Colton Passmore (155), Nathan Tamashiro (back), Truman Rae (156), Will Thompson and Davis Keeney.The La Salle Falcons made a statement at last week’s Tri-Valley Conference District Cross Country Meet, placing their five scoring runners in the top five, for a perfect score of 15, and capturing their eighth consecutive boys district team title.

The Falcons’ top runner, senior Will Thompson, set the pace for the McIver State Park 5,000-meter course, at 16:35.80; and La Salle’s fifth man was just 20 seconds back.

“It’s how we’ve run all year,” said La Salle coach Tyrone Stammers. “Running as a team, in a tight pack, and helping one another from start to finish....

“We had a good team last year, but this team has taken it to a new level. They’ve been a dedicated group of athletes. They trained through winter and all through track and through the summer....

“They’ve had a vision, a dream since last year’s state meet. They were somewhat inspired by the girls winning a state title. They’re talented and they’re dedicated....”

A year ago, La Salle girls became the first La Salle cross country team in the history of the school to win a state title, while La Salle boys placed third, finishing back of Siuslaw and North Valley.

Getting the job done at this year’s TVC district meet were the boys team of Thompson, junior Jason Rae (16:48.70), and seniors Davis Keeney (16:50.80), Logan Veasy (16:52.80) and Colton Passmore (16:55.30).

And La Salle sophomore Truman Rae was right up their with the top five, placing seventh, with a 17:33.90 clocking.

North Marion, with 50 points, was a distant second in the boys district meet team scoring.

Molalla girls scored 18, with six runners in the top eight, and the Indians ran away with the girls meet. Estacada (52 points) finished second.

Sophomore Carly Veasy (20:56.90) and freshman Olivia Cooper (22:12.35) placed sixth and 11th respectively to lead La Salle girls (70 points) to third place.

Molalla senior Emily Bever set the pace in the girls race, at 18:56.63. She crossed the finish line 37 seconds in front of the next highest finisher.

The Falcons travel to Lane Community College Saturday for the Class 4A State Championship Meet. The Class 4A girls race is set for 11:15 a.m., with the Class 4A boys meet to follow at 11:50 a.m.

“It’s a strong field,” said Stammers. “Like I tell our boys, we could finish first. And we could finish fourth and still run a solid race, and I’d be very proud of them.”

Stammers said that Siuslaw, Marshfield, Phoenix and Tillamook all have teams that could give his Falcons a run for their money.

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