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Sandy runners get win over the Broncos

Pioneers beat Parkrose by 23 points in dual


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: PATRICK FREEMAN - Sandy girls cross country runner Aspen Weller runs during the Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet.

The Sandy boys cross country team put a tight pack of runners in front of the Broncos’ No. 2 racer last week to beat Parkrose by 23 points in a NWOC dual held at Sandalie Golf Course in Wilsonville.

The Pioneers dropped decisions to Wilsonville and Liberty at the meet, giving up a perfect score to the host Wildcats.

Blake Thompson led Sandy in 36th overall, covering the 5K course in 18:31.6, while Jimmy Frasier came in 56th with a time of 19:12 pacing a pack of four Pioneers that hit the finish line less than 40 seconds apart.

Julian Heninger of Lakeridge won the race in 16:01.7, while Wilsonville’s Ty James was the top NWOC finisher, taking fourth in 16:51.3.

The Sandy girls scored an automatic win over a Parkrose squad that didn’t field a complete team. Zayna Salveter led the Pioneers in 31st overall with a time of 22:12, while Marie Schmitz was 50th in 23:04. The Pioneers lost duals against Wilsonville and Liberty.

Kelly O’Neil of Lakeridge won the race in 18:56.3, beating Wilsonville’s Taryn Rawlings by five seconds.

“Last week’s race was tough primarily because we’re dealing with sickness and injuries,” Sandy cross country coach Anouxa Vixathep said. “Zayna Salveter was a welcome suprise finishing as our No. runner. She joined the team late in the season and has contributed a great deal with her work ethic. Blake Thomson also had the best race of the year for him. He was also our No. 1 runner.”

LOCAL PAIR MAKE TOP-50 AT MARATHON

Sandy High graduate Ryan Cornwell, 28, of Boring and Tim Hanson, 33, of Troutdale each placed among the top-50 overall among more than 8,000 runners at Sunday’s Portland Marathon. Cornwell crossed in 30th place, covering the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 50 minutes, 55 seconds, while Hanson finished 47th in 2:55:41.

Portland had three hometown runners among the first five to cross the line, led by Ian Nurse, 33, who won the race by more three minutes with a clocking of 2:27.38. John Keane, 30, was second in 2:30:45, and Tyler Green, 27, was fifth in 2:37:11.

Marci Kimek, 24, of Bend was the first women’s finisher in 22nd overall with a time of 2:46:28.