Both teams have strong performances at last week's meet

by: DAN BROOD - STRIDING -- Tualatin junior Matthew Lovos powers his way up a hill at last week's meet. TUALATIN — It was just a regular season dual meet.

But, for the Tigard and Tualatin high school boys and girls cross country teams, there was much more to it than that.

It was a chance for each squad to race against their rivals. And, maybe more importantly, it was the final meet before the upcoming Pacific Conference District Championships.

With all of that in mind, the Tigers and Wolves turned in strong runs at the Pacific Conference double dual meet, which also included Newberg, held Oct. 16 at Tualatin High School.

“It was fun,” said Tualatin junior Matthew Lovos, who placed first in the varsity boys race at last week’s meet. “Since the beginning of the season, we’ve gotten pretty good.”

“It went well,” said Tigard senior Elizabeth Dean, who triumphed in the varsity girls race at last week’s meet. “This was our last race before district. I’m so excited for district. We want to take the whole team to state. That would be big.”

Those state meet berths will be up for grabs today (Thursday) at the Pacific Conference district meet, which will be held at Clackamas Community College.

Action at the district meet starts with the junior varsity girls race, which will begin at 2:30 p.m. The junior varsity boys race will follow at 3 p.m. The varsity girls race will start at 3:30 p.m. and the varsity boys race will begin at 4 p.m.

The top two teams in each varsity race, as well as the top four individuals who are not part of the qualifying teams, will advance to compete at the Class 6A State Championships, which will be held Nov. 2 at Lake Community College in Eugene.

“We have a chance for state,” Lovos said. “It’s going to take a lot of heart.”

Lovos sees the Forest Grove boys, who went 7-0 in the Pacific Conference dual meet season, as they possible favorites. He says Tualatin could end up battling Glencoe, McMinnville and Tigard for the other team spot.

The Wolves showed that they just might be up to the challenge with their strong performance at last week’s meet, which also included runners from Horizon Christian and Westside Christian.

In the competition between the three Pacific Conference schools, Tualatin finished first with a team score of 24 points. Tigard was second at 37 and Newberg was third with a score of 69.

“We did great today,” Lovos said. “And it was nice to have this race on our course.”

by: DAN BROOD - LEADING THE WAY -- Tigard junior Elizabeth Dean sets the pace during last week's Pacific Conference meet held at Tualatin High School. Lovos got off to a quick start to the event and never seemed to let up. He ended up winning the 5,000-meter race in a time of 16 minutes, 33.6 seconds.

Now, he’s taking high hopes to today’s district meet.

“I’ve got to go for my P.R. (personal record),” he said. “It’s been a fun season. I hope to continue it.”

Tualatin sophomore Mark French finished in second place in last week’s race with a time of 16:57.4. Also for the Timberwolves, senior Tyler Snyder was sixth at 17:30.3, junior William Calder was seventh at 17:30.5, sophomore Malachi Seib was eighth at 17:31.7, junior Dakota Steppe was ninth at 17:31.9 and sophomore Jason Stallkamp was 14th at 18:01.0.

Senior Devin Roche paced the Tigard boys at last week’s race. He finished in third pace in a time of 17:16.5. Roche was followed closely by two other Tiger runners.

Tigard junior John Caufield was fourth in a time of 17:17.3 and senior Martin Ramos III ran to fifth place with a mark of 17:23.7.

Also for the Tigard boys, freshman Nicholas Speth was 10th in a time of 17:36.4, freshman Nicholas Schloss was 17th at 18:18.2, sophomore Zachary McFall was 23rd at 18:45.4 and senior Joel Harbolt was 27th at 19:24.5.

The Tigard and Tualatin boys both finished with final conference dual meet records of 4-3, putting them in a tie with McMinnville for third place in the final standings. Glencoe placed second at 5-2.

Dean sprinted to victory in the varsity girls race in a time of 20:10.3.

“I had to kick at the end,” Dean said. “I felt them (Newberg’s Debora DeLeon and Savannah Stanton) coming up on me,”

DeLeon was second in the race at 20:12.0 and Stanton was third at 20:13.9.

Tigard junior Hannaly Duff-McGaughey ran to fourth place at 20:23.3. Also for the Tigard girls, sophomore Bailey Hardinge was ninth at 21:14.7, junior Mckenna Masterson was 11th at 21:18.5, freshman Marley Johnson was 14th at 21:30.5, senior Katherine Soldewel was 18th at 22:02.6 and sophomore Kasey Kallevig was 19th at 22:04.2.

Freshman Kate Intile led the way for the Tualatin girls. She finished in fifth place with a time of 20:24.4.

Also for the Timberwolves, sophomore Sarah Krill was 12th at 21:19.1, senior Alyssa Fuji was 13th at 21:21.3, senior Emma Fanger was 16th at 21:51.5, freshman Nicole Oh was 17th at 21:59.9 and sophomore Amanda Keen was 23rd at 23:22.0.

Newberg finished in first place in the team standings at the meet with 27 points. Tigard was second at 36 and Tualatin third with a score of 59.

Newberg also took first place in the final Pacific Conference dual meet standings at 7-0. Forest Grove was second at 6-1.

Those look to be two of the squads that the Tigard girls, who placed third in the league standings at 5-2, will need to battle with at district for a state meet berth.

“I think we can do it,” Dean said. “I know we’ll work hard. We just have to give it our all.”

The Tualatin girls finished in fourth place in the final conference dual meet standings at 4-3.

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