Year In Review: Forest Grove cross country thrives
Before the season started, Forest Grove cross country coach Adrian Shipley said his goals for his boys and girls teams were to win the league and finish in the top-10 in the state meet.
The Viking boys finished eighth, while the girls placed a spot behind them in ninth place.
"As the team has done all season, the kids showed up to race," Shipley said. "It was really awesome for the program to put both teams in the top-10."
The Forest Grove boys were led by freshman Quincy Norman (16:04), whose 12th place finish earned him second team all-state honors. Quincy's brother Max (16:15) finished in 16th, which earned the junior honorable mention all-state honors, marking the second year in a row that two Viking harriers have earned all-state honors. The Norman brothers were followed by seniors Riley Stewart (16:49), Hyrum Hansen (17:28), Garrett Stewart (17:44), Ivan Camacho (17:53) and David Thacker (17:59).
"The senior boys all ran smart races," Shipley said, "which led to their best performances at the state meet."
The girls were paced by Hannah Aguirre (19:39) and Ellie Khoury (19:40), the latter of whom was one of only eight girls in the 6A race to run a personal best. Hannah Berdahl (20:04), Ellie Schnorr (20:18) and Joelle Thacker (20:33) rounded out the scorers for the Vikings, while Shipley said Thacker and Mila Lumae (20:49) "ran well at their first state meet." Senior Brittany Pitarresi also ran her best time at the state meet, finishing in 21:40.
Both the Viking boys and girls teams won the Greater Valley Conference District Championships. The boys were led by Max and Quincy Norman's second and third place finishes, coupled with Riley Stewart's fifth. The girls were paced by Hannah Aguirre and Hannah Berdahl, who finished fifth and seventh overall.
The conference championship was the third straight for the Forest Grove girls, and fifth in their last six attempts. The boys also won for the fifth time in the last six years after winning four straight before their second place finish last season.