Cross-Over 3RLMt Hood 9/15/00210 At Clackamas CCCC

By Leo Collins

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There was plenty of action at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday for the Mt. Hood-Three Rivers League Cross-over meet & with fourteen teams on hand, it appeared like an invitational race. In spite of persistent rain there were plenty of fans on hand to cheer some spirited competition. In the girls’ race Andrea Dettman of Centennial pushed the pace from the start and only Ragan Allen of Grant had the temerity to stay with her. With the Centennial star pushing the pace the duo hit the mile mark in 5:50 well ahead of Kellie O ‘ Niell & Latane Cox of Lakeridge, who held a sizable gap over a chase pack that included Elliott Prince of West Linn, Krissy Peterson of Canby & Rachel Crawford of Oregon City.

Dettman pulled away finally as they raced up the slight hill for a second time:– the two mile time having been passed in 12:08. During the final portion of the race Dettman increased her lead over Allen, as she went on to win with a time of 18:48. Allen came in second with a fine time of 18:56 in the inclement conditions and it should be noted she is having a banner senior season that is much improved from the past years . She ran 19:58 last year at the Puma Concordia meet & she should be a force at state this year.

It is a bit hard to read too much into the race as the St. Mary’s Academy girls ran as a pack for a good part of the race holding back in preparation for this Saturday’s trip to San Diego for the Mount Carmel Invitational, which will be held on the Morly Field course in Balboa Park. That course is the home of the Foot Locker National Championship, which we will be at as usual in December. Early in the race freshman Paige Rice ran amidst her team mates but she made a big move in the second-half of the race to come in third in a time of 18:59. Kellie O ‘ Neill ran 19:18 to earn 4th & Latane Cox was 5th. St. Mary’s runners Christy Richards, Ellen Patterson & Netanya Beard garnered sixth through eighth place to seal the team title & Elliott Prince came home in 9th place. Emily Gaddis of Lake Oswego finished 10th & Emily Trosino of Reynolds placed 11th. St Mary’s easily topped West Linn for the girls’ team title 37 to 90.

The weatherman did the guys no favor as the rain picked up during their race and a stiff breeze buffeted the runners as well. Given the conditions no one really wanted to take the lead but Cullen Wannarka, wanting a reasonable pace & a chance for a good time, bravely moved into the lead as he raced up the first hill. Behind him trailed a pack that included Badane Sultessa of Centennial, Julian Henniger of Lakeridge & Jackson Haselnus.

Wannarka led the way at the mile, which was passed in 5:09 & was joined by his team mate Taylor West. From that point on it was a two man race despite the fact that the pace actually slowed a bit during the second mile, which was reached in 10:30. West made a late move, as he had done the previous week at Tualatin, and he pulled away to win with a time of 16:09. Wannarka garnered second with 16:16 & Badane Sultessa claimed third. Taylor Hybl proved that he is returning to form by placing 4th & Brandon Schmuckley, also from Centennial took 6th. Mebrat Mubark of Reynolds edged Alec Koh of Lakeridge for 7th & Jackson Haslnus earned 9th. Tim Donnelly of West Linn rounded out the top ten.

Central Catholic’s Wasil Ahmed, Kyle Thompson & Andy Bennison claimed the next three places, although they appeared to be saving themselves for this weekend’s New Balance Invitational. The West Linn guys won the team title with 44 points but got a stiff battle from Centennial, which had 52 points. CC was third with 85 points.

St. Mary’s runners claimed the top ten places in the girls’ JV race with Isa Lama earning the victory with 20:51: a time which will probably put her on varsity on Saturday. Kevin Fitts of Oregon City triumphed in the JV race for boys with a time of 18:23, while Christian Burkhartsmeyer of Central Catholic placed second.