STANFIELD - The Tiger cross country team, which just a few weeks ago wasn't even sure they would field a team this year, hosted the first-ever Eastern Oregon 2A/1A Championship meet Thursday.

While there were no complete teams on the girls' side, the boys managed four teams after dropping the requirement for scoring from five to four runners.

Stanfield topped all with 16 points, ahead of Cove (24), Condon (40) and Elgin (56).

"Everything went really smooth," Stanfield coach Eric Jensen said. "Being our first meet it was nice that it was pretty small. We didn't have any glitches or anything. A lot of kids ran (personal records Thursday) on a lot of the teams. Everyone was happy with how the coure was laid out, very spectator friendly."

Just five girls competed Thursday, led by Elgin's Morgan Reid with a time of 23:06, followed by McLoughlin's Kelsey Childers (24:35) and Stanfield's Blanca Esquivel (26:16) to round out the top three.

Cove's Nathan Brazil topped the boys' field of 20 with a time of 18:55, followed closely by Stanfield's Hector Hernandez at 19:06.

Mac-Hi's John Lonai took third at 20:29. Stanfield placed all four of their boys in the top 10 as Marcos Madrigal (20:56) placed fourth, Ryan Griffin (21:05) took sixth and Eddy Ramos (21:39) placed seventh.

Condon's top placer was Kirk Fatland (22:15) in ninth.

STAYTON - The Umatilla cross country team made the long trip to Stayton Thursday banking on the hope they would see some of the best competition at their level in the Regis Invitational, and according to coach Chris Wyland the gamble paid off.

Nancy Cardenas used the top competition to help motivate her to a school-record time of 19 minutes flat, winning the girls' side and helping her team to a third-place finish, one point behind second-place East Linn Christian, who had 108 points.

The Viking boys placed second in their race behind Amity, whose score was undetermined at press time.

Catlin Gabel won the girls' meet with 59 points.

Wyland said the coaching staff was very pleased with the girls' team, which saw their top six runners all finish by the 24-minute mark.

Wyland called the boys' silver "a pleasant and unexpected surprise".

Obi Harriman led the team with a time of 17:04. Edgar Lemus (18:16) and Peter Stice (18:18) were their second and third runners to cross the line and Curtis Watson (18:48) had his best race of the year as the fourht Viking across the line.

Seth Lowrance (19:22), Mario Aparicio (20:23) and Matt Warr (21:02) rounded out the top seven for Umatilla.

VolleyballHEPPNER 3, STANFIELD 0 - In Heppner, the Mustangs "came out on fire" in front of a packed homecoming crowd, taking the Blue Mountain Conference match 25-6, 25-16, 25-13.

The Mustangs (14-5, 5-1 BMC) hit at a season-high 70 percent and served the best they had all year at 95 percent, according to coach Pam Dowdy.

Freshman JoAnna Patton was a perfect 20-for-20 in service while Lenka Dobasova led the team with 13 kills.

Brenna Rust added seven kills in what Dowdy called a "great all-around team effort".

WESTON-MCEWEN 3, ELGIN 2 - In Elgin, the TigerScots (20-5, 6-0 BMC) got a chance to see what they were made of Thursday, coming from behind to beat Elgin during their homecoming 26-28, 14-25, 25-23, 25-16, 15-12.

"The gym was completetly stacked full," TigerScots coach Shawn White said. "(Elgin) just played great and it took everything we had to get them.

"Today we found out whether or not we're tough, and we are."

The TigerScots were close to a three and done, though, before a few big rallies that were sparked by five kills from Nichole Zeller got them the win.

Zeller ended with nine kills.

Jennifer Thul set 21 assists and was perfect at the line while freshman Morgan Entze had a big night on 31-of-33 serving with four aces and big runs each of the TigerScots' wins. She also had 18 assists.

Presley Pahl turned in a triple-double with 20 digs, 14 kills and 11 blocks while Noel Griggs added 24 digs and eight kills.


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