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Holland sets course record in MWL win

NORTH BEND — EJ Holland of Ashland continued his torrid junior season, setting a course record and, literally, running away with the Midwestern League boys cross country championship Wednesday.

Crater, meanwhile, tuned up for a run at its third straight Class 5A state crown by taking the boys team title ahead of runner-up Ashland.

The Comets also won the girls meet, as Churchill of Eugene placed second and Ashland took third.

It was the fifth straight league crown for the boys and fourth straight for the girls, who were paced by champion Mariah Kinney.

Holland eclipsed the 15-minute barrier for the third time this season, covering the 5,000-meter route at Tugman State Park in 14 minutes, 59 seconds. It broke the record of 15:19 by Siuslaw’s Mitchell Butler in 2013.

His season best — which is also the state best for all classifications — is 14:53.2, set Oct. 13. No one in Oregon has come within 15 seconds of that mark. Holland’s other sub-15 mark was 14:59.2.

Crater’s Jantz Tostenson was second in 15:33.0, and Ashland’s Arlo Davis was third in 15:34.6.

Crater scored 31 points to Ashland’s 41.

In the girls team race, Crater registered 30 points, Churchill 61 and Ashland 64.

The top four teams and top five individuals qualified for the state meet Nov. 3 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

The Comet boys will be going for their eighth state title in 13 years.

“The boys really ran a team race,” said Crater coach Justin Loftus. “All five guys came and did their jobs. Ashland ran really well today. I have to give them their props. But we held tough and came through with the win.”

The race went out fast, he said, thanks to Holland.

“He doesn’t mess around,” said Loftus. “He’s very talented. He’s pushed every race that I’ve watched this year. He’s the real deal.”

Crater had five of the top 10 finishers.

Kinney, a sophomore, produced a 25-second personal record in 18:53.2. Ashland’s Alexa Hague was second in 19:00.0 and Comet Presley Robison was third in 19:17.5, both setting PRs.

“She shot up to the lead right away,” said Loftus, “to the front pack and started pushing the leaders. That might have been a surprise for some of the girls up front. On paper, there were faster girls than her. Mariah winning, that was huge.”

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: Crater 31, Ashland 41, Churchill 58, Springfield 104, Thurston 148, Willamette 179, North Bend 196, North Eugene 216.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, EJ Holland, Ash, 14:59.0; 2, Jantz Tostenson, Cra, 15:33.0; 3, Arlo Davis, Ash, 15:34.6; 4, Peter Lechman, Chu, 15:41.8; 5, Gage Reed, Cra, 16:07.2.

LOCAL TEAMS

CRATER (31): 2, Jantz Tostenson, 15.33.0; 5, Gage Reed, 16:07.2; 6, Ryland McCullough, 16:11.8; 8, Matthew Schenk, 16:49.1; 10, JC Herring, 16:56.2.

ASHLAND (41): 1, EJ Holland, 14:59.0; 3, Arlo Davis, 15:34.6; 7, Reed Pryor, 16:25.9; 14, Cameron Stein, 17:05.8; 16, Jordan Mortensen, 17:11.7.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Crater 30, Churchill 61, Ashland 64, Springfield 90, Thurston 134, North Bend, 150.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Mariah Kinney, Cra, 18:53.2; 2, Alexa Hague, Ash, 19:00.0; 3, Presley Robison, Cra, 19:17.5; 4, Natalie Elstone, Chu, 19:35.3; 5, Abby Raven, Thu, 19:45.3.

LOCAL TEAMS

CRATER (30): 1, Mariah Kinney, 18:53.2; 3, Presley Robison, 19:17.5; 6, Elezebeth Allen, 19:59.2; 8, Gracen Hokanson, 20:06.4; 12, Jade Hopkins, 20:16.3.

ASHLAND (64): 2, Alexa Hague, 19:00.0; 10, Sage Reddish, 20:10.2; 13, Hazel Richards, 20:29.4; 19, Milan Hague, 20:46.6; 22, Kariana Austbo, 21:21.2.

SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE: At Roseburg, South Eugene won the boys and girls district team titles, South Medford placed second in both meets and Panthers sophomore Emma Schmerbach cruised to her second straight individual title in the girls race at Stewart Park.

Schmerbach finished in 18:16.10 to beat runner-up Madison Elmore of South Eugene (18:28.30) by 12 seconds and lead a Panthers’ contingent that placed four runners in the top 17. Also for South Medford, Gabi Wisnovsky placed 10th in 19:14.90 and Deanndria Shields 14th in 20:00.00.

South Eugene had four of the top six runners to grab the team title with 24 points. South Medford finished with 68.

Grants Pass senior Daniel Beckstead won the boys race in 15:24.70, while South Eugene’s Ian Twyman took second in 15:35.40 to lead five Axe runners who placed in the top 10. That helped the Axe win the team trophy with 35 points, while South Medford finished with 65.

For South Medford, Tanner Sayers took third in 15:38.20 and Truett Bostwick fifth in 15:42.60.

The top three teams and top seven individuals qualified for the state meet Nov. 3 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: South Eugene 35, South Medford 65, Sheldon 84, North Medford 97, Roseburg 123, Grants Pass 125.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Daniel Beckstead, GP, 15:24.70; 2, Ian Twyman, SE, 15:35.40; 3, Tanner Sayers, SM, 15:38.20; 4, Jacob Allmaras, NM, 15:38.50; 5, Truett Bostwick, SM, 15:42.60.

LOCAL TEAMS

SOUTH MEDFORD (65): 3, Tanner Sayers, 15:38.20; 5, Truett Bostwick, 15:42.60; 15, Reed Hungerford, 16:30.30; 19, Johan Jordaan, 16:37.70; 23, Ethan Foster, 16:56.30.

NORTH MEDFORD (97): 4, Jacob Allmaras, 15:38.50; 14, Trey Driskell, 16:28.30; 18, Brodie Dick, 16:37.30; 30, Joshua Scull, 17:20.60; 31, Grant Lulich, 17:30.40.

GRANTS PASS (125): 1, Daniel Beckstead, 15:24.70; 22, Ethan Bland, 16:54.10; 29, Cedar Davis-Frankfort, 17:16.80; 34, Avery Church, 17:42.70; 39, Marcus Loghry, 18:14.30.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: South Eugene 24, South Medford 68, Sheldon 80, Grants Pass 87, Roseburg 91, North Medford 184.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Emma Schmerbach, SM, 18:16.10; 2, Madison Elmore, SE, 18:28.30; 3, Hannah Seubert, SE, 18:36.90; 4, Kaylin Sheley, SHE, 18:42.80; 5, Gretchen Schwartz, SE, 18:47.90.

LOCAL TEAMS

SOUTH MEDFORD (68): 1, Emma Schmerbach, 18:16.10; 10, Gabi Wisnovsky, 19:14.90; 14, Deanndria Shields, 20:00.00; 17, Abby Burton, 20:10.20; Emily McAllister, 21:00.40.

GRANTS PASS (87): 12, Faith Schultz, 19:38.20; Samantha Dara, 19:55.70; 16, Mary Sturley, 20:05.70; 21, Emily Bath, 20:39.60; 25, Sage Hartsfield, 20:56.60.

NORTH MEDFORD (184): 31, Cammeo Ramirez, 21:32.40; 36, Saundra Parsons, 22:03.50; 38, Emily Cowan, 22:46.60; 39, Lucy Lytle, 23:16.50; 40, Ada Ebert, 23:22.80.

SKYLINE CONFERENCE: At Klamath Falls, second-place finisher Ben Blake led Klamath Union to the boys team title and runner-up Kira Morrow led Henley to a narrow girls team victory over Phoenix at Steens Sports Park.

Zach Wallace of Mazama won the boys race in 17:16.54, edging runner-up Blake (17:18.0) by less than two seconds, while North Valley’s Patrick Clayburn took third in 17:27.86.

Klamath Union’s top five boys all placed in the top nine, helping the Pelicans run away with the team title with 29 points to runner-up North Valley’s 88.

The top two teams and top five individuals qualified for the state meet Nov. 3 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

The Phoenix boys, who placed fifth, had one top-10 finisher — sophomore Noah Marshall, who took 10th in 18:50.43.

Klamath Union’s Eliza Blake dominated the girls race, winning in 20:56.52, while Morrow was a distant second in 21:48.46.

Henley was powered by five runners who placed in the top 11, while Phoenix had three place in the top eight.

The Pirates were led by third-place finisher Lupita Alegria (22:04.54), a senior, and fourth-place finisher Sophia Stubblefield (22:19.17), a freshman.

Another Phoenix freshman, Scarlet Moit, took eighth (24:02.52).

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: Klamath Union 29, North Valley 88, Mazama 90, Henley 96, Phoenix 96, Hidden Valley 106.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Zach Wallace, MAZ, 17:16.54; 2, Ben Blake, KU, 17:18.0; 3, Patrick Clayburn, NV, 17:27.86; 4, Asa Marwick, HV, 17:37.17; 5, Brady Monteith, KU, 17:37.17.

LOCAL TEAMS

PHOENIX (96): 10, Noah Marshall, 18:50.43; 12, Yovanni Bazan-Chavez, 18:56.34; 21, Dilan Mathieu, 20:02.5; 23, Justin Vermillion, 20:06.38; 30, Elwood Hosking, 20:52.34.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Henley 31, Phoenix 38, Klamath Union 71, Mazama 104.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 5): 1, Eliza Blake, KU, 20:56.52; 2, Kira Morrow, HEN, 21:48.46; 3, Lupita Alegria, PHO, 22:04.54; 4, Sophia Stubblefield, PHO, 22:19.17; 5, Sally Berg, HV, 22:38.11.

LOCAL TEAMS

PHOENIX (38): 3, Lupita Alegria, 22:04.54; 4, Sophia Stubblefield, 22:19.17; 8, Scarlet Moit, 24:02.52; 13, Shelby Platt, 24:36.08; 15, Heidi Taylor, 24:48.35.

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