Lady Indians not in contention for title repeat, but still trophy
The Scappoose boys and girls cross country teams turned in some decent races at the 4A state cross country meet on Saturday at Lane Community College and brought home one trophy.
The Tribe girls won the state meet last year by a single point, but knew going in that a repeat would be unlikely. Their goal was to finish with a state trophy and they accomplished that with a fourth-place finish.
In addition to the trophy, the highlight for the Scappoose girls had to be the finish of Charlie Davidson. She came into the last 300 meters running around 11th place, but took flight once she reached the bright blue track and surged into seventh. She ran down a trio of girls that finished 1-2 seconds behind. The top 10 receive all-state honors.
Davidson, also a forward on the Scappoose High soccer team playing in the state tournament, was 17th last season, 12th in the team scoring.
The girls knew it would be tough to repeat as champions, but continued to strive and work hard all the way to the end, Coach David Harley said. For the seniors, they had a state championship, a fourth place finish, and a fifth place finish. Not too shabby.
The race was disappointing for senior Tia Carnahan. She was fifth in the overall standings last year, and had won the district championship, just ahead of Davidson a week earlier. After her 42nd-place finish this year, she said she wasnt feeling very well during the race.
Harley pointed out that even if Carnahan had run a standard race, they team still would likely have finished fourth behind La Salle, Klamath Union, and Molalla.
Freshman Lucy Davidson, Charlies sister and also a soccer player, finished third for the Tribe, 46th overall.
We would have needed some faster races from all the girls to move up, he noted.
Harley added, It sounds like I always say the same thing, but maybe there is a reason for that. Hard working runners with tremendous attitudes and desire, lead to success. Looking at the improvement over the course of the season, and the various meets and performances, I hope that the athletes feel good about how things went. Overall, while some of them probably wished that they had run better at various points in the season, and particularly at state, I think they will feel good about what they accomplished.
The coach was particularly pleased by the boys efforts. Winning district was something of a surprise and their fifth-place finish at state was an accomplishment.
The boys were simply terrific down the stretch these past three weeks, Harley emphasized. From where they started last June, to develop into a team that ended up finishing fifth at state is really remarkable. If you recall, I said that we met with the core group in June and mapped out a three-year plan, and also that they would surprise some people this year. Done! They more than exceeded those plans and that is because each of them were hard working and had great attitudes from day one. They are a very good team that is going to get even better as they get older and stronger.
Dan Carrier, a sophomore, led the way for Scappoose with a 27th-place finish, while Hunter Hoyt, a junior, was 35th, and freshman Mason Reardon 37th.
I think that if someone had told the team (boys and girls) at the start of the season that they would finish fourth and fifth in the state they would have been excited about that possibility, and I believe now that they have done that they really are, Harley said. The future will be only as good as the returning runners want to make itand I believe we have a solid core returning that will continue to bring new faces into the program and continue the strong tradition that they continue to uphold.
Team scores: (top five): La Salle 54, Klamath Union 70, Molalla 76, Scappoose 175, Siuslaw 184.
Scappoose individuals: 7) Charlie Davidson, 19:57; 42) Tia Carnahan, 21:41; 46) Lucy Davidson, 21:56; 57) Sarah Carrier, 22:18; 61) Lindsey Marquardt, 22:34; 2) Anna Hernandez, 22:39; 93) Lucia Morud, 24:46.
Team scores (top five): Siuslaw 29, North Valley 52, La Salle 93, Hidden Valley 122, Scappoose 198.
Scappoose individuals: 27) Dan Carrier, 17:19; 35) Hunter Hoyt, 17:36; 37) Mason Reardon, 17:39; 50) Stephen Gift, 18:01; 75) Colby Wedgworth, 18:50; 84) Jacob Harley, 19:10; 97) Jim Cutrona, 19:53.