We’re near the halfway point of the season, which means teams are starting to travel out of state for meets and things are starting to heat up across the cross country landscape. Here are some headliners from cross country this week:
Wisniewski Is Victorious Again
Add another dub to the short career of Emily Wisniewski, the Crescent Valley freshman that has taken 5A by storm with her great start for the Raiders. She cruised to victory in Albany on Saturday, taking the Harrier Classic by 13 seconds over Lakeridge’s Breckyn Kornachuk and talented runners Sara Abbott, Ansley Johnston, Isabel Swain, and Ava Betts. While the team took third in the event, Wisniewski once again showed her potential to capture an individual title this season in 5A and the future she might have in front of her if she keeps improving over the next few years!
Summit Teammates Drag Race At The Oxford Classic
In Bend, the top ranked Summit Storm stayed in their own backyard for a change, competing in the Oxford Classic on Saturday. As anticipated, the Storm torched the field by picking up the top four positions and six out of the top ten spots overall. At the front of the field, Ella Thorsett and Magdalene Williams drag raced to the finish line, with Thorsett picking up the dub by edging her senior teammate by 0.38 seconds. It was a great race, one that will definitely be remembered by these teammates for a long time. The Storm won the event overall with 16 points, with Hermiston finishing in a distant second with 59 points on the day.
Philomath Takes Down Siuslaw
In another direct battle between the 4A contenders Philomath and defending state champion Siuslaw, the Warriors went and got the dub by a sizable amount on Saturday. Freshman Adele Beckstead edged out Siuslaw senior Rylee Colton by 0.4 seconds to win the event, and her teammates rounding out their top scoring inside the Top 20 while Siuslaw stretched into the early 30s to finish their day. Although there are no “records” in cross country, and both teams finished behind meet winner North Medford, its the first head to head victory for the Warriors. These two are a couple favorites to take the 4A state title, so this is another preview to how the state championships will look like in Eugene come November!
The Axe Chop Down At The Harrier Classic
South Eugene brought their axes to Albany on Saturday and had the goal of winning the event, and they edged 5A favorite Corvallis to take the dub over the Spartans. Freshman Ansley Johnston lead the way for the Axe, taking a top four position and beating out Corvallis’s Ava Betts in sixth. Cameron Gupta was the difference maker for South Eugene, as her eighth place finish put a sizeable gap between her and the Spartan duo Kate Middleton and Avery Nason back in the 15th/16th positions. With Anna Tavakolian and Nora Black placing immediately after the Spartan duo, it was enough to edge Corvallis by seven points with 65 compared to the Spartans 72. It was a great competition between quality teams, and a good taste of what both can achieve this season!