The Tualatin girls and Tigard boys get dual meet wins in last week's event
by: Dan Brood, HILL CLIMBERS — Tualatin’s Kelsey Stilson (right) and Hannah Points power their way up a hill.

LAKE OSWEGO - Neither rain, nor cold, nor some wet and muddy conditions were going to slow them down.

No, we're not talking about postal workers here. We're talking about the Tualatin High School girls cross country team.

In last week's meet held under far less than ideal conditions at Lake Oswego Junior High, the Wolves ran strong, they ran as a pack and they ran to victory.

'We're in our element,' rain-soaked Tualatin junior Kelsey Stilson said after the race.

Tualatin, at the Sept. 20 meet, opened its Pacific Conference dual meet schedule by running to a 17-44 win over rival Tigard. The Wolves also finished in first place among the four teams at the meet - Lake Oswego and Clackamas were competing in a Three Rivers League dual meet at the same time - with 27 points. Clackamas was second with 47.

'We've got a strong team,' said Jeanette Jones, who was the only senior to run for the Tualatin varsity last week. 'And we're pretty young. But we all run pretty well together. We practice running in packs.'

That certainly looked to be a key for Tualatin in its winning performance.

Timberwolf junior Devon Frazier finished first among all Tigard and Tualatin runners in the race with her time of 20 minutes and 39 seconds for the 5,000-meter course. She finished second overall to Clackamas' Claire Michel, who won the Class 4A state title last year.

Not far behind Frazier was a group of Tualatin runners.

Freshman Emily Wheeler was fourth overall in a time of 20:41. Stilson was fifth at 20:53, junior Hannah Points was sixth at 20:59. Jones ran to 10th at 21:27, sophomore Amanda Welter was 12th at 21:48 and freshman Kathleen Shangraw was 13th at 21:49.

'I think the team did pretty well,' Stilson said. 'And we're a close team.'

Even in the rain and cold.

'The conditions didn't really bother us,' Jones said.

Juniors Cassie Carroll and Sarah Walch led the way for the Tigard girls at the race. Running nearly side-by-side, Carroll and Walsh finished eighth and ninth overall, respectively, with identical times of 21:08.

Tigard junior Ali Davis was 14th at 21:51, sophomore Stephanie Fekete was 19th at 22:19, sophomore Andrea Kirch was 31st at 24:00, junior Brooke Lange was 38th at 26:26 and sophomore Megan Hannon was 39th at 26:53.

The Tigers finished third in the overall team standings with 76 points.

On the boys side, Tigard edged Tualatin 26-33 to get the victory in the Pacific Conference dual meet opener.

Tiger senior Nick Lennartz, with a strong finish, placed sixth overall in a time of 17:39. Senior Jerry Carroll was 12th overall at 18:07. Right behind him in 13th was Tiger senior Michael Hinds in a time of 18:09.

Sophomore Ryan Humphrey was 16th at 18:31, senior Brian Westlund was 17th at 18:48, sophomore Zane Rogers was 19th at 18:54 and sophomore Dylan Hallums was 20th at 18:57.

Sophomore Timothy Plunkett paced the Wolves, finishing fifth overall in 17:36. Tualatin senior Gary Roberson was 10th at 17:57, sophomore Kevin Oliver was 15th at 18:20, senior Michael Nelson was 22nd at 19:03, sophomore Patrick Kubisiak was 27th at 19:32, senior Brandon Glissmeyer was 28th at 19:36 and senior Neil LaTourette was 29th at 19:41. Tigard finished third among all the teams competing at the meet with 64 points. Tualatin was fourth with 78.

On Friday, the Tigard boys finished in third place at the 10-team invitational it hosted with 75 points. Lennartz was the individual winner of the race, triumphing with a mark of 16:23.

Hinds was sixth in the race with a mark of 16:57, Jerry Carroll was 15th at 17:27, Humphrey was 26th at 17:44 and Westlund ran to 27th in 17:47.

West Salem won the boys team title with 54 points.

In the girls race, the Tigers finished in third place with 82 points. Walch led the way for Tigard, finishing fourth in a time of 19:31. Cassie Carroll was fifth at 19:48, Davis was seventh at 20:13, Fekete was 25th at 21:45 and Andrea Kirch was 41st at 23:32.

The Tigard and Tualatin teams were both slated to run in league races on Wednesday. Results weren't available.