The Ultimook is no ordinary cross country meet. Well, actually, it’s very ordinary if you happen to live in Europe or any other country overseas. Let’s be honest, as runners we all like to break our personal record. Guess what people, personal records should not exist within cross country. We runners are infatuated with fast courses. All year kids get excited for adidas. Don’t get me wrong, adidas is a heck of meet, they do a great job there, but adidas is not a true xc course - the Ultimook is.
A mud pit, and two river crossings are the secret ingredients. The finishing time becomes irrelevant, it will be slow, and only your place matters which is exactly the way the sport is meant to be. The Ultimook is not for the weak hearted, nor is it one of those ridiculous “tough mudder” competitions. The Ultimook is as cross country as cross country gets. Last Saturday teams from around the state met up in Tillamook Oregon, strapped their flats on, ran hard, and stayed true to what the sport is all about. The kids were wet, muddy, exhausted, and some even proudly displayed blood from being spiked. Saturday provided everything that cross country is and should be and I can’t wait to go back next year.
The girls race featured the top team in Oregon, the South Eugene Axemen. South Eugene swept the first three spots while putting five runners in the top eleven in what led to be a dominant victory over a very good Scappose squad. Sara Tsai (19:45) out- dueled teammate Erin Clark (19:49) by four seconds to take home the victory. Phacelia Cramer (20:44), finished third for the Axemen. Erin Gregoire (21:15) of Beaverton, and Taryn Rawlings (21:24) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Erin and Clark and Sara Tsai
In the JV’s girls race Emma Bowder (23:53) of Beaverton out leaned teammate Jamie Belsterling (23:53).
The boys race ended up being a battle between South Eugene, the 2011 6a state champs and Wilsonville, that 2011 5a third place team. Cameron Martin (18:15) of South Eugene led most of the race before Ty James (18:12) of Wilsonville ran impressive half mile to move up three spots to take home the victory.
South Eugene Trio leading the pack
South Eugene put five runners in the top fifteen to secure the team victory over Wilsonville with a score of 50-80.
South Eugene swept the first three spots in junior varsity race. Gabe Wihtol (19:32) led teammates Andy Heeszel (19:41) and Adam Schneiderhan (20:02). Kyle Shavere of Wilsonville ran a time of (20:11) to break up the South Eugene pack.
Varsity Girls Team Scores
1 South Eugene 23 2 Scappoose 86
3 Southridge 94
4 Beaverton 110
5 Wilsonville 126
6 Lebanon 143
7 Southwest Christian 158
8 Estacada 209
9 Astoria 224
10 Junction City 293
Wilsonville Girls 1st
Varsity Boys Team Scores
1 South Eugene 50 2 Wilsonville 80
3 Astoria 135
4 Tillamook 1705
5 Newberg 177
6 Beaverton 187
7 Southwest Christian 196 8 Liberty