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Photo by Sean C. Morgan AUSTIN STEVENS catches kick with his head, whileTristan Graham backs him up.


September 27, 2016

SYDNEY NICHOL of East Linn Christian, who is from Sweet Home, leads Huskies Bethany Gingerich, left, and Lauren Taber, right, at the start of the girls varsity race at Rock n River. Nichol was the overall winner for the girls.

Sweet Home’s boys finished fifth Saturday at the Rock n River 5K cross-country meet at Elijah Bristow State Park outside Pleasant Hill, their best run of the season.

The girls do not have the five runners necessary to score as a team, but junior Bethany Gingerich, who is doubling with soccer this season, was 27th out of 73 runners in 23:28.7.

Philomath won both the boys and girls team titles, the boys scoring 70 to outrun North Bend (87), Pleasant Hill (101), Willamette (102), Sweet Home (106) and East Linn Christian Academy (113).

Senior Trey Reed led the Husky boys with a sixth-place finish in 17:45.7 in the field of 103 runners.

“Trey ran a great time,” Coach Dan Bixler said. “He was a little faster than I thought he’d be.”

Tanner Sayers was second for Sweet Home, finishing 15th in 18:35.1, followed by Ricky Yunke (25th, 19:00.0), Noah Dinsfriend (29th, 19:12.5), Kobe Olson (41st, 19:59.4), Cameron Taber (55th, 20:33.3) and Noah Taraski (74th, 21:48.5).

“Tanner placed pretty well,” Bixler said. “He ran about the time I thought he would, but he placed a little better than I though he would.”

Also finishing for the girls were senior Elea Hewitt, 71st in 34:47.1, and freshman Lauren Taber was 73rd in 39:18.1. Both are new to cross-country this year.

East Linn Christian senior Sydney Nichol, who is from Sweet Home, won the girls race in 19:30.0.

On the boys side, ELCA’s Wesley Anderson, also of Sweet Home, battled Reed down the homestretch to finish seventh in 17:47.7.

Sweet Home’s JV boys finished fourth with 114 points, behind Philomath (28), North Bend (48) and Willamette (65). Freshman Connor Ford led the Huskies with 19th place in a field of 53 (21:32.6), followed by Jake Hindmarsh (25th, 21:55.9), Brad Wolthuis (27th, 21:59.7), Tristan Saultz (34th, 22:33.2), Gabe Aiello (36th, 23:05.2) and Christian Baham (51st, 30:32.3).

Up next for Sweet Home is a new race for everybody on the team, the Harrier Classic at Bryant Park in Albany Saturday, Oct. 1, which will feature 39 high school teams. Races start at 9:30 a.m., with the varsity girls at 12:40 p.m. and boys at 1:20 p.m. The field ranges from 6A South Eugene to 1A McKenzie, with teams from Washington, as well as many 5A schools and fellow Sky-Em member Junction City from the 4A division.

“It’s a nice course – fast. It will be interesting to see what happens,” Bixler said.

Halfway through the season, Bixler the Huskies are reaching a point where they can compete with the other five teams in the Sky-Em Conference, he said.

“We’re making progress,” he said. “The separation right now is about 20 points between first and sixth. It could be any one of us. We could be first, we could be sixth.”


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