Here are your Week 6 cross country headliners ranging from Washington to the friendly confines of the Beaver State from this week:
Foerster Wins At Lakewood – Robertson And Richman Go In The Top 5
The massive Nike Hole In The Wall Invitational took place Saturday in Lakewood, WA, featuring 116 teams from a wide range of areas. Oregon prides itself as a cross country and track kingdom, primarily through Eugene’s claim as Tracktown USA with Hayward Field. Jesuit’s Chloe Foerster upheld that reputation on Saturday, as she would take the massive event by 12 seconds over Franklin’s Kaiya Robertson, with Charlotte Richman from Wells rounding out a strong performance by Oregon runners up at Lakewood. Oregonians would take six of the top ten overall with Ella McGillis (Central Catholic), Emma Bennett (Jesuit), and Nancy Biegel (Sherwood) going in straight 8th, 9th, 10th place finishes. Foerster is ranked 10th in the nation, and showed why on Saturday with her huge dub in Lakewood.
Marist Wins The Paul Mariman Invitational, Lead 4A Pack
I was told down in Florence that Siuslaw was going to roll to another state title this season after their one this spring, but 4A has had completely different ideas in mind so far to this point of the fall campaign. Led by Jennifer Tsai, the Spartans upheld their ranking as the top dog in 4A with win in Philomath on Saturday. Tsai won the overall event by 23 seconds over Siuslaw’s Rylee Colton, with fellow seniors Emilie Nelson and Alina Niggli sneaking in fourth and sixth place finishes. These strong finishes would propel Marist to a comfortable win with 44 points to Siuslaw’s 65, with host Philomath having 85 points in the third place spot. Marist is the best 4A team in the state so far, and fully capable of bringing home a championship in their own backyard in November.
Lincoln Rolls At Champoeg State Park, Overcome Powerful Sunset Duo
Apollos duo Kailua Balazs and Paige Wiley took second and third place in Newberg, but it wasn’t enough to propel them past an even stronger Lincoln squad. Kendall York took the race by 2.9 seconds over Balazs, while Keira Saavedra, Riley Cash, and Eva Novy-Hildesley went in the fourth, sixth, and tenth positions for Lincoln. This combination was more than enough to win the meet with 31 points, compared to Sunset’s 54 points. These two torched the competition, as the next closest team was Tigard with 122 points. It was a great duel between two Top 10 teams in 6A, both of whom continue to jostling for contention for a podium at the state championships in Eugene come November.