PORTLAND Both the Hermiston and Pendleton girls and boys cross country teams participated at the Nike Pre-Nationals on Saturday in at Portland Meadows Race Track. It is one of the top events on the west coast, brining in teams from eight states, even Canada and China.
Hermistons Hayden Earl competed as an individual in the top tier 5,000-meter Danner Championships, finishing 42nd out of 175 runners with a personal record of 16 minutes, 16 seconds.
The Hermiston boys competed in the Varsity 1 division and took ninth, compiling 298 points from junior Angel Castellanos, freshman Isaac Sanchez, junior Josiah Niederwerfer, junior Donell Rome, and senior Tim Swarat.
Castellanos (16:50), Sanchez (16:57), Niderwerfer (16:58) and Swarat (17:22) all set personal records on the day, and each finished in the top half of the 175-runner field.
I was very impressed with the boys performance and excited to see them continue to improve, coach Troy Blackburn said in an email.
Redondo Union (CA) took the team title with 111 points, led by Carlos Suarez who won the race by eight seconds.
Pendletons boys placed 19th in the Varsity 2 race with 423 points, and were led by Andrew Porter (17:33) and Garison Alger (17:34) in 42nd and 43rd, respectively.
The Buckaroo girls competed in the Varisty 1 race and placed 21st with 481 points. Junior Delaney Clem was their top finisher in 32nd with a season-best time of 20:07.
Led by junior Sofia Gispert, the Hermiston girls finished 22nd with 477 points in the Varsity 2 race.
Gispert finished in a time of 21:54.
Mac-Hi Cross Country
CONNELL, Wash. Top 15 placings by a pair of seniors highlighted a strong race by the Mac-Hi girls as they ran to fourth place at the Connell Invite on Saturday.
Josie Lonai placed fourth in 20 minutes, 41 seconds, and Susie Romero-diaz was 12th in 22:10 to boost the Pioneers 100 team points.
Riverside (WA) won the meet with 62 points.
The Mac-Hi boys placed 16th with 392 points in a race that was also won by Riverside (31 points).
Senior Austin Cousineau paced the Pioneers in 13th place with a time of 18:09.
RIVERSIDE 1, UMATILLA 0 At Umatilla, Riverside took advantage of a short field and scored in the 45th minute to slip by the Umatilla Vikings on Saturday in a Special District 4 game.
The Pirates (4-3-1, 3-0-1) secured the possession after Umatillas defenders lost the ball in their own end, said Umatilla coach Pedro Ortiz.
He said the Vikings (2-3-2, 2-1-1) responded well, but Riverside was able to turn away their best scoring chances.
Umatilla will play again on Saturday when it hosts Irrigon at 1 p.m.
Riverside hosts Culver on Saturday at 7 p.m.
IRRIGON 1, CULVER 1 At Irrigon, the Knights took a 1-0 lead into intermission but couldnt make it stick as Culver forced a draw in their Special District 4 match on Saturday.
The tie broke a three-game losing streak for Irrigon (1-3-1, 1-2-1), which has its next game on Saturday at Umatilla at 1 p.m.
MAC-HI 3, LA GRANDE 0 At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers snapped a three-game losing streak and opened Greater Oregon League play with a shutout over La Grande on Saturday.
It was the Pioneers third clean sheet of the season and their highest goal output since a 3-2 win over Umatilla on Sept. 11.
Mac-Hi (4-3, 1-0) will play at Prescott (WA) today at 4 p.m.
MAC-HI 2, LA GRANDE 1 At Milton-Freewater, the Mac-Hi Pioneers opened Greater Oregon League play on Saturday by snapping a two-game skid.
The Pioneers (3-3, 1-0) will continue league action on Saturday when they host Ontario at 2 p.m.
HELIX 3, WALLOWA 2 At Helix, the Helix Grizzlies split an Old Oregon League double dual on Saturday.
After falling to Joseph 3-1, the Grizzlies rebounded to edge Wallowa 25-18, 16-25, 29-27, 19-25, 18-16.
Scores in the loss to Joseph were 25-21, 25-13, 18-25, 25-19.
Helix plays at Nixyaawii tonight at 5 p.m.
CONDON/WHEELER 3, ECHO 1 At Prairie City, the Condon/Wheeler Knights won their sixth and seventh matches in a row on Saturday in a non-league double dual.
The Knights (14-3) swept hosting Prairie City 25-19, 25-22, 25-10, and overcame a hitch against Echo to win 25-21, 25-14, 7-25, 25-17.
Emma Logan led the Knights with 16 kills on the day and Matney Jamieson had a team-high 25 digs while Sydney Edwards led them with 37 serves.
Echo (7-5) also fell to Prairie City (8-5) 25-15, 25-17, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8.
Condon/Wheeler returns to league play at Arlington on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Echo plays at league foe Powder Valley on Friday at 3 p.m.
ARLINGTON 3, GILCHRIST 1 At Mitchell, the Honkers dropped a back-and-forth match to host Mitchell/Spray, but rebounded to split the day with a win over Gilchrist in a double dual on Saturday.
The Loggers (7-8, 1-2 Big Sky League) edged Arlington 3-2 by scores of 26-24, 15-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-10.
The Honkers (4-4, 0-2) came back to beat the Grizzlies (3-7) in a non-league match. Scored were not reported.
Arlington hosts Condon/Wheeler on Thursday at 5 p.m.