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Cross-country runners do ‘really well’ at Camp Rilea meet


September 27, 2017

Photo by Scott Swanson RICKY YUNKE powers through a water hole at the Three Course Challenge cross-country meet.

Two Sweet Home runners placed Saturday at the Three Course Challenge cross-country meet at Camp Rilea, north of Seaside, one of the largest meets of the season for the Huskies.

The course is well-named, taking runners up long sand hills and through a thigh-deep water hole this year. The meet, which drew 100 schools from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and California, is divided into three races over “easy” – which is comparable to a typical hilly cross-country course, “moderate” (longer) and “difficult” (still longer, with more challenging obstacles). Distances range from 4500 meters to beyond 5K. As with many hilly courses, the measurements tend to be a little fluid.

“I think all of them did really well,” said Coach Kambria Schumacher. “That race is more of a fun event. They’re not really going for time.”

Junior Tanner Sayers placed third in the “easy” race and first in Sweet Home’s division, in a field of 356 runners, clocking 15:27. Sayers said he ran that course because he is fighting off a nagging injury.

Newcomer Summer Hicks, a freshman, finished seventh in her division in the girls “easy” race, 42nd out of 236 total runners in 22:37. Katen Edwards was 152nd, running 26:31, in that race.

“I was really pleased that Summer placed in her division,” Schumacher said. “She’s coming along.”

Other finishers for the Huskies in the boys “easy” race were Connor Ford, 160th in 20:24; Bryce Porter, 166th in 20:29; Jaren Adams, 276th in 23:35; and Robert Watkins, 278th in 23:40.

In the 5000 moderate race, Ricky Yunke led the Huskies, finishing 91st out of 400 runners, in 22:39, followed by Noah Taraski, 26th in 23:42; Zach Zanona, 141st in 23:57; Tristan Saultz, 161st in 24:19;

Jake Hindmarsh, 206th in 25:16; Justin Kurtz, 20th in 26:09; and Corban Wright, 281st in 27:02.

The Huskies’ best team finish was in that race, 19th out of 38 schools.

Senior Cameron Taber was 153rd out of 411 runners in the “Hard” race, in 24:42, followed closely by Noah Dinsfriend, 163rd in 24:54; Gavin Walberg, 278th in 27:00; Tristan Caulkins, 320th in 27:59; and Eric Roddy, 370th in 29:50.

In the girls “hard” race, freshman Jessy Hart was 108th out of 238 runners, in 30:04; with Zoe James was right behind in 109th, in 30:06.

At right, Summer Hicks works her way through the pack.

“The ones who haven’t been running are starting to get more base in their legs,” Schumacher said. “They’re coming back around. It seems the varsity boys are starting to get little bit closer in their grouping. We’re going to work on packing them in so they can score better at district.”

She said the girls team has room for more runners. The Huskies have four who have competed thus far this year and they need five to score as a team at the district championships. Anyone interested should talk to a team member or contact Schumacher at (541) 990-9477.

Sweet Home will compete in a new – to the Huskies – meet Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Nike Portland XC at Portland Meadows Racetrack. The meet will include nearly 160 teams from five western states and British Columbia.


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