Cross-country squads stay busy

It was a busy week for local cross-country teams, with Liberty and Hillsboro competing at Nike Pre-Nationals on Saturday in addition to a mid-week race at Meriwether National Golf Club, while Glencoe and Century participated in a Pacific Conference meet last Wednesday.

Among the many highlights for local runners were a pair of strong performances from Liberty’s Rachel Khaw and Michael Francy. On Wednesday at an NWOC and Pacific Conference dual meet, Khaw finished second in the girls race with a time of 18 minutes, 7 seconds, and Francy took third in the boys race in 15:47.

That pair also traveled to Portland Meadows over the weekend to represent the Falcons at Nike Pre-Nationals. Running in the Division 1 varsity race, Khaw turned in a fourth-place finish out of 148 participants, clocking the 5K course in 20:00.06. Francy finished 13th in the boys race, running 17:33.78.

For Hillsboro, senior Lauren Lykins had the top performance at Pre-Nationals, taking 35th place in the Division 2 girls race with a time of 21:53.58, while Johnathon Waters finished 52nd in the Division 3 boys race (19:20.86). Those two led the way in the mid-week event as well, with Lykins taking 12th place in the girls 5K event (20:18) and Waters finishing 30th in the boys race (17:49).

Century hosted last week’s Pacific Conference meet that also featured Glencoe and Newberg.

Glencoe won the boys event with 26 points, landing three runners in the top four spots. Mason Rouches won the race in 16:27, with Abe Teklu in third place (17:12) and twin brother Miles Rouches in fourth (17:16). Century’s Angel Salazar finished second (16:42).

On the girls side, Century’s Braanna Weber emerged victorious with a time of 20:16, and Glencoe’s Kari Zickel was seventh (21:10).

Hops’ GM earns league award

The Hillsboro Hops announced last week that team vice president and general manager K.L. Wombacher was voted as Executive of the Year by his peers in the Northwest League. This is Wombacher’s second Executive of the Year award, having been selected for the honor in 2008 as general manager of the Yakima Bears.

The award acknowledges the totality of Wombacher’s efforts in a very hectic year in which he oversaw the team’s move from Yakima to Hillsboro, the team’s interests in the construction of a new state-of-the-art ballpark, the creation of a new award-winning team brand and leading the Hops sales staff in setting an all-time franchise record for tickets sold in a season (135,167 fans for 38 home games).

The Hops also established themselves as an integral component of the Hillsboro community as well as a regional asset to baseball-starved fans in the Portland metropolitan area.

“I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of our entire front office,” Wombacher said. “Our first-year success has been a true team effort. To be recognized by fellow executives in a league as special as the Northwest League is quite an honor.”

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