St. Mary’s Mary Bennion, right, and Morgan Martin run together during the District 6 cross country meet Tuesday at Valley of the Rogue State Park. Bennion placed third and Martin fourth. - Jim Craven

St. Mary's girls nab title, head to state

VALLEY OF THE ROGUE STATE PARK — The St. Mary's girls cross country team overcame tired legs, much in part to a scheduling change, to earn the team title at the District 6 Championships in Rogue River on Tuesday.

Coming off a competitive meet at the Mt. SAC relays in Walnut, Calif., last Friday, the Crusaders only had two days to recover when the District 6 meet, originally scheduled for the following Friday, was changed to Tuesday.

"We were a little flat coming out because we raced in a big invite (last) Friday," St. Mary's coach Joe Volk said. "I told the girls they don't have to run great today to win, they just have to run well and they did. We were the favorites coming in."

The runners also had to battle the heat Tuesday, but St. Mary's sophomore Mary Bennion managed a third place finish with a time of 19 minutes, 27 seconds, sophomore Morgan Martin came in fourth at 19:35 and junior Rebecca Tribelhorn finished sixth at 20:35 to help St. Mary's edge out Lakeview for the top spot. Freshman Emily Reeder (22:22) and junior Elise Marquart (22:32) finished 10th and 11th, respectively.

"All the girls that went were pretty tired," Martin said. "We ran good but not our best. We all just went out there and sort of knew we were going to win."

St. Mary's now has ample time to recover before the Nov. 3 state meet held at Lane Community College in Eugene.

"I feel very confident that we're going to do really well (at state)," Bennion said. "We're all excited and pumped."

The Cascade Christian girls finished fourth and did not have any individual qualifiers with its top finisher being Jenna George, who came in 14th with a time of 23:25.

The Challengers' boys, a team with no seniors, nearly stole the show.

They finished one point behind Lakeview for second place, and an automatic bid to state, and 13 points behind top finisher Triad Christian.

Cascade Christian may have had the most impressive day overall with its top seven runners placing in the top 18. Unfortunately for the Challengers, only the top five count toward team scores.

"Painful, absolutely painful," Cascade Christian coach Steve Williston said. "If you count the top seven, we are in first place. I'm pleased with our effort. We just came up one point short.

"That's sports for you. There are winners and losers."

Sophomore Jared Nichols was the Challengers top finisher with a time of 18:38, which qualifies him for the state meet. The top four individuals not part of qualifying teams earn invitations. Nichols finished ninth overall and was the final runner to receive an individual invitation. He was the last runner left out of the state meet last year.

The St. Mary's boys team, seeded fifth, ran to form by finishing fifth overall. But the Crusaders will send senior Lewis Kerwin to state. Kerwin finished seventh with a time of 18:12.

"Every race, I try to go out there and run myself to death," Kerwin said. "I felt like I did that (Tuesday). That kind of makes it doubly satisfying. I'm thrilled."


TEAM SCORES — Triad Christian 46, Lakeview 58, Cascade Christian 59, New Hope Christian 95, St. Mary's 126, Glendale 180, Hosanna Christian 188, Paisley 193.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 25) — 1, Jacob Bowdoin NHC, 16:39:43; 2, Seth Walker, Lak, 16:48:14; 3, Shawn Elliott, TC, 16:53:61; 4, Eli Cunningham, NHC, 17:19:51; 5, Logan Moore, TC, 18:00:10; 6, Cy Swartzlender, Lak, 18:08:42; 7, Lewis Kerwin, StM, 18:12:18; 8, Caleb Aguiar, TC, 18:30:01; 9, Jared Nichols, CC, 18:38:12; 10, Jon Marcu, CC, 18:53:94; 11, Brent Corning, Lak, 18:55:33; 12, Matthew Eyman, CC, 19:10:19; 13, Valdimir Jensen, CC, 19:12:69; 14, Daniel Frentzko, TC, 19:18:76; 15, Marty Stiles, CC, 19:23:96; 16, Matt Zaiger, TC, 19:25:79; 17, Tim Stieglitz, CC, 19:39:21; 18, Matthew Morley, CC, 19:40:21; 19, Tony Zamudio, Lak, 19:53:78; 20, Jarrod Seehawer, Lak, 19:56:41; 21, John Pittman, Lak, 20:00:03; 22, Elliot Anderson, StM, 20:10:30; 23, Corey Collins HC, 20:10:94; 24, Jared Aguiar, TC, 20:16:31; 25, Ryan Dillard, Glen, 20:45:77.

OTHERS — 31, Alex Gentry, StM, 21:33:53; 32, Matt Wing, StM, 21:40:71; 34, Loren Westland, StM, 22:07:45; 42, Steve Sagert, StM, 24:13:17; 43.


TEAM SCORES — St. Mary's 32, Lakeview 42, Triad Christian 50, Cascade Christian 95.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (Top 25) — 1, Ashley Baldovino, Lak, 19:07:82; 2, Rachael Estabrook, TC, 19:23:15; 3, Mary Bennion, StM, 19:27:37; 4, Morgan Martin, StM, 19:35:56; 5, Talissa Baldovino, Lak, 20:33:98; 6, Rebecca Tribelhorn, 20:35:06; 7, Erin Kroeker, TC, 21:31:06; 8, Lacey Vandenberg, Lak, 21:52:86; 9, Julianne Shepard, Glen, 22:05:79; 10, Emily Reeder, StM, 22:22:95; 11, Elise Marquart, StM, 22:32:67; 12, Kate Ortwein, Lak, 22:36:95; 13, Mindy Cordle, TC, 22:53:23; 14, Jenna George, CC, 23:25:59; 15, Maddie Parsons, TC, 23:52:06; 16, Emily Assavapisitkul, TC, 23:55:52; 17, Ashley Zornes, CC, 24:02:20; 18, Sierra Price, Lak, 24:45:58; 19, Tawna Stancliff, Lak, 24:46:95; 20, Svetlana Hunt, StM, 25:08:16; 21, Ashley Turley, CC, 25:56:65; 22, Bethani Brown, Glen, 26:10:76; 23, Martty Slater, TC, 26:12:50; 24, Hannah Morley, CC, 26:28:83; 25, Holland Foley, StM, 26:56:81.

OTHERS — 26, Lauren Croy, CC, 27:00:29.

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