Tigard opens its league dual meet slate by sweeping Glencoe

by: DAN BROOD - SIDE BY SIDE -- Tigard High School sophomores Hannaly Duff-McGaughey (left) and Elizabeth Dean are in the lead during last week's Pacific Conference dual meet with Glencoe. Both Tiger teams won. TIGARD — Last year, as a freshman, Elizabeth Dean earned a berth to compete at the Class 6A state cross country championships.

This year, Dean, now a Tigard High School sophomore, wants to go back to the state meet. But, this year, she’s hoping to be going to state with all of her Tiger teammates.

The Tigard girls cross country squad, with Dean helping lead the way, has set its sites set on one of the two Pacific Conference team berths to the state event.

“We’re hoping to get to state as a team,” Dean said following her winning performance in the girls varsity race on Sept. 19, when the Tigers hosted Glencoe in a Pacific Conference dual meet held at Tigard High. “I went to state last year, but it wasn’t the same without the team.”

Meanwhile, the Tigard boys team has similar goals this season.

“We want to get to state as a team,” Tiger junior Devin Roche said at last week’s meet. “It’s going to be tough. Forest Grove and Tualatin look strong. But we’ll come along. We’ve got a lot of good runners. We just need to work on more strength training.”by: DAN BROOD - AROUND THE CORNER -- The Tigard boys cross country team takes a turn during the early part of the meet with Glencoe.

Both Tigard teams came out victorious in last week’s league dual meet opener with Glencoe. The Tiger boys triumphed by a 25-31 score while the Tigard girls rolled to a 21-35 victory over the Crimson Tide.

“This is a fun course. I like running at home,” Tigard sophomore Hannaly Duff-McGaughey said.

Dean and Duff-McGaughey set the pace throughout the near 5,000-meter event. Dean placed first while Duff-McGaughey took second place (times were not available).

“We were both hurting a bit, but we pushed through,” Dean said. “We push each other a lot.”

Tigard senior Katie Harbolt was fifth in the race.

The Tigers are now looking for more positive results as the season goes on.

“It’s looking good. We’ve got a strong team,” Duff-McGaughey said.

“We’re all young, and we’ll grow together,” Dean added.

The Tiger girls see Forest Grove as being the league favorite, but they also think they have the potential to earn a state-meet bid.

“We need to train hard and keep getting good times,” Duff-McGaughey said.

“And we need to stay healthy,” Dean said.

The boys race at Tigard last week was a bit mixed up, as the Glencoe varsity ended up running against the Tigard junior varsity and the Tigard varsity ended up running against the Crimson Tide JV squad.

Still, the Tigers showed their pack mentality during the race.

“We try to stay together as a team,” said Roche, who was awarded third place, overall, in the varsity event. “We don’t have any all-star runners, so we try to work on a team strategy. That can be a strength.”

Tigard sophomore John Caufield took fourth place at last week’s race and senior Matt Carlson was fifth. Tigard also got strong runs from senior John Walker, junior Nathanael Ditton and junior Martin Ramos III.

“It’s going to be a fun season,” Roche said. “I think we’re going to step up.”

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