Klein triumphs at opening invitational
HILLSBORO — Tualatin High School senior Adam Klein, and the Timberwolf cross country teams, got their seasons off to flying starts.
Klein ran to victory in the varsity boys race, and both Tualatin squads had third-place finishes in the team standings at the Nike Bill Chapman Invitational, held last Thursday at Rood Bridge Park.
Klein was victorious in the 5,000-meter varsity boys race in a time of 16 minutes, 1.42 seconds. Jesuit sophomore Shaw Powell was second with a mark of 16:08.39.
Powell led a parade of five straight Jesuit finishers. They were followed by Tualatin sophomore Andrew Payton, who finished in seventh place in a time of 17:01.58.
Also for the Tualatin boys at the race, junior Julian Marsh was 29th at 17:56.50, sophomore Ethan Klein was 10th at 18:00.47, senior Justin Atkins was 38th at 18:12.78, senior Abraham Romero was 42nd at 18:14.52 and junior Graehm Alberty was 45th at 18:18.25.
Tualatin finished in third place in the 21-team boys field with a score of 107 points. Jesuit finished in first place with a total of 20. Lakeridge was second at 93.
The Timberwolves finished in third place, out of 15 schools, in the girls team standings with 110 points. Jesuit was first with a score of 26 and Sunset was second at 106.
Junior Sarah Hanson led the way for the Tualatin girls, finishing in 14th place in a time of 20:44.66. Sophomore Kaitlyn Gearin was close behind, in 16th place, at 20:54.21 and senior Madi Lowry was 18th at 21:02.65.
Also for the Wolves, freshman Averi Lewis was 37th at 22:33.09, sophomore Taylor Cockrell was 43rd at 23:03.31, junior Mason Springer was 46th at 23:08.27 and freshman Rachel Beddes was 58th at 23:42.92.
Jesuit sophomore Kelsey Gripekoven won the varsity girls race in a time of 19:24.83.
The Westside Christian teams also competed at the event.
The Westside Christian boys finished in 16th place in the team standings with a score of 487.
Sophomore Davis Raz paced the Eagles, finishing 69th at 19:02.27. Also for Westside Christian, junior Kellen Petersen was 73rd at 19:05.30, sophomore Sam Smith was 79th at 19:15.95, sophomore Gabe Askew was 129th at 21:00.91, junior Jack de la Motte was 133rd at 21:09.38, junior Grant Gardner was 137th at 21:30.28, junior Zach Hendrix was 146th at 21:46.24 and senior Kenny Pratt was 161st at 23:27.10.
Sophomore Becca Gurnee led the way for the Westside Christian girls. She finished in 96th place at 26:01.07. Also for the Eagles, sophomore Dee Anna Bricker was 115th at 28:26.47, senior Clara Adams was 117th at 30:14.73, freshman Lilly Stephenson was 121st at 30:50.62, sophomore Grace Vermillion was 124th at 34:15.76 and sophomore Claire Shearer was 126th at 37:17.68.
The Westside Christian girls finished in 15th place in the team standings with 460 points.
The Tualatin teams will be back in action on Saturday, when they host the 13th-annual Tualatin Invitational, to be held at Tualatin High School. The girls varsity race is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m., with the boys varsity race to follow at 11:15 a.m.
A total of 23 schools, including Horizon Christian and Westside Christian, are scheduled to compete at the meet.
On Wednesday, the Wolves will be hosting Tigard and West Linn in a Three Rivers League-opening double dual meet. Varsity girls are slated to start at 5:30 p.m., with varsity boys to follow at 6 p.m.