Alberty helps Wolves run past Newberg
NEWBERG — There's something to be said about being healthy.
There's something to be said about having a solid strategy.
There's something to be said about wanting to help your team.
Well, Graehm Alberty put those all together and ran a heck of a race.
Alberty, a Tualatin High School junior, turned in a strong performance as he helped the Timberwolf boys cross country team run to an impressive win over Newberg in a Three Rivers League dual meet held Sept. 27 at Newberg High School.
"I felt great," Alberty said after the race. "It was a great opportunity. I felt mentally and physically strong. I was pleased."
The Tualatin boys ended up scoring a 17-44 win over the Tigers at last week's meet. With the victory, the Wolves stayed perfect in TRL meets, improving to 5-0 on the season.
"I'm really proud of the team," Alberty said. "We've been looking to form packs. That's what good teams do."
Alberty, at last week's meet, finished in second place with a time of 17 minutes, 41.77 seconds for the 5,000-meter course, putting a smile on his face.
He was also smiling because he's healthy this season.
"I've been injured the past couple of years," Alberty said. "I'm looking forward to having an injury-free season."
Tualatin's Adam Klein continued his strong senior season with the Wolves. He took first place at last week's race with a time of 17:28.19.
"We talked together, and came up with a plan," Alberty said about running along side Klein for most of the race. "There was a little incident, where the cones were misplaced, so we had to run a little extra. But it was great. The course was pretty fast."
Also for the Tualatin boys at last week's meet, senior Justin Atkins finished third in a time of 17:57.47, sophomore Sam Smith was fifth at 18:01.53, sophomore Ethan Klein was sixth at 18:25.50, senior Abraham Romero was seventh at 18:35.05 and sophomore Andrew McDade was 10th at 18:47.84.
The Tualatin girls came up with a split at last week's meet. The Timberwolves scored a 23-35 win over Newberg, but they fell 18-41 to league-power St. Mary's Academy.
"It has been a rough week," said Tualatin junior Sarah Hanson, who finished in third place at the meet.
"We've been fighting injuries, and we expected to be more competitive," Timberwolf senior Madi Lowry added.
With the split, the Tualatin girls moved to 5-1 in TRL meets.
Hanson took third place in the race with a time of 19:56.38. Timberwolf sophomore Kaitlyn Gearin also had a top-10 finish, placing 10th at 21:22.58. Lowry was right behind her in 11th, at 21:35.64.
Also for the Wolves, freshman Avery Lewis was 12th at 21:41.32, junior Mason Springer was 13th at 22:12.61 and freshman Rachel Beddes was 14th at 22:13.63.
St. Mary's junior Sarah Lyell won the girls race in a time of 19:19.17.
The Tualatin girls are looking to use last week's meet, and the loss to St. Mary's, as fuel for their fire.
"This is definitely motivation for district," Lowry said. "Everyone want to take St. Mary's down."
"We don't have any races for two weeks now," Hanson said. "So we're going to train hard and get our injuries healed."
"The big thing for us it to stay positive," Lowry added. "This is motivation."
The Tualatin teams will be back in action on Oct. 11, when they face Lake Oswego and Lakeridge in a TRL dual meet to be held at Tualatin High School. Westside Christian and The Dalles are also scheduled to take part in that meet.
The varsity girls race is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity boys race to follow at 6 p.m.