Sweet Home graduates make their marks in college competition

Sweet Home alum Kambria Schumacher, a junior running for the Oregon State University cross-country team, placed 34th in 22:57.88 over the 6,000-meter course at the Sundodger Invitational Sept. 19 in Seattle, eighth among the Beaver runners.

Her sister Cassandra Schumacher, a sophomore, was 48th in 23:34.07. OSU finished second at the Sundodger meet behind No. 1 Washington, defeating six other teams with 70 points. OSU held off third place Western Washington by 13 points.

Kambria Schumacher finished 16th and in scoring position for the Beavers in the Pre’s Trail Preview cross-country meet Sept. 4 at Eugene’s Alton Baker Park.

Cassandra Schumacher, running unattached, finished 25th in 19:35.1.

The Beavers are scheduled to run Friday, Oct. 2, in the Bill Dellinger Invitational at The Springfield Country Club. The women’s race begins at 3:30 p.m., with the men at 4:15 p.m.

No. 1 Oregon leads a men’s field that also includes No. 8 Portland, No. 10 Alabama, No. 12 Brigham Young, No. 21 Cal Poly and No. 30 Villanova. The rest of the men’s field includes Colorado State, San Francisco, Texas-El Paso and Weber State.

On the women’s side, the race has No. 2 Oregon, No. 5 Villanova and No. 13 Baylor as the headliners. Colorado State,

Hawaii, Oregon State, Portland, San Francisco, Texas-El Paso and Weber State round out the women’s teams.

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Amanda Basham, a sophomore from Sweet Home, ran to a collegiate cross-country best at 5,000 meters to lead a strong Pacific University women’s team effort at the Northwest Cross Country Classic, held at Lane Community College.

Basham cut 10 seconds off of her best in the cross-country version of the distance, finishing fourth with a time of 19:36 and moving up to ninth on Pacific’s all-time list. She led the Boxers to a second- place finish out of four teams with a score of 48 points.

The University of Oregon Running Club finished 12 points ahead of the Boxers, winning the meet with a score of 36 points. The club’s Kristen Mohror won the race in a time of 18:39.

Basham opened her 2009 cross-country season with a 17th-place finish to lead the Boxers at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Sept. 12, running the 6,000-meter course in 23:57.40, five seconds off her best time for 2008 at the Northwest Conference Championships.

Joe Deardorff, a freshman who ran for Central last year, running in just his second collegiate race, finished fifth in the men’s 6.450-meter race, in 21:39.

Pacific returns to action in the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on Sat., Oct. 11.

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Brandon Martin, a 5-11, 260-pound senior defensive tackle at Whitworth University in Spokane, led the Pirates in tackles , including two for losses, during a 23-8 win over Chapman Saturday, Sept. 26. Martin is a team captain for Whitworth, 2-2, and leads the team in solo tackles with 13, including four for losses.