The Dalles runners Savannah Strassheim, in front, and Elizabeth Tapia hit the pavement during the Tualatin Invitational Saturday. Both runners set personal records and, the team, as a whole, set 24 personal records. Paul Carson Photography
As of Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In their first regular season meet of the 2016 campaign, The Dalles cross country set 24 personal records, 16 on the junior varsity side at the 12th annual Tualatin Invitational Saturday.
Added to the 24 PRs and the best times ever put up for The Dalles program, there were 17 harriers who ran faster overall times at this event from last year.
“We had Jenna Miller winning the 5K Girls JV race. Our top boys’ junior varsity runner was Bill Burns, running an excellent race,” said TD head coach Bob Thouvenel. “On the girls’ varsity, Emma Mullins, a first-year runner, was our top finisher. Zeke Stelzer was our top varsity runner.”
Led by personal record times from Emma Mullins (21 minutes and 28 seconds), Aspen Cook (23:35) and freshman standout Tressa Wood (23:39), the Riverhawk varsity girls had 128 points for a fourth-place finish.
Paige McLeod had a solid time of 22:41 to secure 24th place, junior Bailey Nearing motored home in 27th place, and Marissa Heemsah added a final mark of 24:55 for 48th place out of the 82 participants
Tualatin won the varsity event with 24 points, followed by Central Catholic (41) and Lakeridge (71).
Miller captured top honors on the junior varsity side with a personal record of 22:20, and teammate Amy Requa went for 24:48 and 25th place.
Maria Keilman (25:26), Savannah Strassheim (26:15), Elizabeth Tapia (26:18), Brianna Webber (27:44), Yajaira Madrigal (28:23) and Samantha Beall (32:27) rounded out the rest of the junior varsity runners to move TD into fourth place with 98 points.
The varsity boys had five personal records and three runners posted final times of less than 18 minutes.
Ezekiel Stelzer, a senior, had the best time of 16:57, a personal record, and Luke McLean, another senior, had a PR of 17:23 to pick up 25th place in the standings.
Michael Lantz had a 17:56 for 40th place, Ethan Shubert scored 45th with a personal record time of 18:06 and John Miller was good enough for 49th place by crossing the line in 18:15.
Zerin Croover ended his race in 18:30 and sophomore Rey Aviluz set a personal record of 18:36 to end up 55th out of the 113 male harriers to give the TD varsity group 173 points for seventh place in the 15-team field.
Central Catholic (49), West Salem (76), Tualatin (83), Lakeridge (106), Jefferson (136) and Seaside (171) made up the six best teams in the standings.
Leading the Riverhawk male junior varsity team were Bill Burns (19:21), Chase Snodgrass (20:06), Cory Cameron (20:16), Evan Despain (20:22), Quinn Strassheim (20:38), Noah Holloran (20:39), Zack Ziegenhagen (21:02), Chase Nagamatsu (21:04), David Wring (21:19) and Leon Linebarger (21:38).
Quinn Wilson (22:25), Zain Hartsook (23:18), Jacob Holloran (23:44), Ayden Orion (25:20) and Tyler Heemsah (25:20) set personal records to lead the junior varsity team to 150 points and sixth place.
“We had some good times for an early-season meet,” Thouvenel said. “As coaches, we were surprised by some of the times and results after a hard week of some good practices by our runners. The kids have been working really hard and we hope for continued race results and more personal bests as the season progresses.”
TD heads to Hayden Canyon, Idaho for the Coeur d’Alene Invite at 9 a.m. MDT on Saturday.