EUGENE — They came for something a little better but took home hardware nonetheless.

The Corvallis High girls finished third in the 5A division of Saturday’s OSAA cross-country state championships at Lane Community College.

The Spartans had hoped to finish as high as second behind heavy favorite Summit, which won its sixth straight state title with 33 points.

Mountain View was second with 81. Corvallis had 93. Crescent Valley was ninth with 225.

“The main point of it was we came here as a team and we all put our hearts out on the track. Whatever we did I’m happy with it,” said Spartans sophomore Maria Ingersoll, who was the team’s second runner, taking 16th in 19 minutes, 31 seconds over the damp 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) course.

Justine Feist led Corvallis in 13th in 19:16.

Feist, a junior, knew the first mile would be fast, because it almost always is at the state meet.

She went through in under 6 minutes, compared to the 6:06 she ran en route to winning the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet 10 days earlier.

“We went out really, really hard, but I did my best to stick with it,” Feist said.

Spartans coach Mark Hulburt said he was happy with the team trophy.

“I don’t know if we could have beaten Mountain View. They ran a good race. Our top runners were right up there with them. They just had too many packed in,” he said.

Hulburt said he was pleased to have senior Georgia Dunn-Hartman, who had enough credits to graduate last spring but decided not to.

She was 25th Saturday in 20:02.

“She came back this year just for cross-country,” Hulburt said of his team’s fifth runner. “She just really looked good.”

Crescent Valley was led by senior Rachel Pearce-Smith, who was 40th in 21:02. Teammates Gillian Stephenson and Nessa Meade were 50th and 51st, respectively.

Senior Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis, the team’s leading runner throughout the season, had an off day and was 54th in 21:43.


Corvallis junior Ellis Roper bounced back from what he called “intense fatigue” at the district meet to lead the Spartans to sixth place at state.

Roper, third at districts, was 19th Saturday in 16:35.

“The big difference this week from last week was the first mile,” he said. “It felt real smooth. This week after the first mile I felt like I could pick it up.”

Roper started in the middle of the pack Saturday and steadily worked his way up, getting passed by just a few other runners.

Teammates Gabe Schoenfeld (29th, 16:51) and Doug Burris (35th, 16:59) weren’t far behind.

“I think the kids went out a little slow,” Hulburt said of the team. “They were competitive, but this is the state meet. They’ve got to be ready to run fast.”

Summit won its third consecutive team title with 38 points.

South Albany was 11th with 300. The Rebels were led by Chris Morgan, who was 47th in 17:18.

Lebanon’s Marcus Corbett, an individual qualifier, was 48th in 17:19.


Team scoring: Summit 38, Mountain View 64, Hermiston 78, Cleveland 133, Marist 147, Corvallis 169, Benson 174, Pendleton 175, Liberty 218, Wilsonville 237, South Albany 300, Springfield 303

Top 10 individuals: 1. Matthew Maton, Summit, 14:59; 2. Jose Macias, Hermiston, 15:50; 3. Caleb Hoffman, Bend, 15:54; 4. Isaac Mitchell, Sandy, 16:05; 5. Alejandro Cisneros, Hermiston, 16:08; 6. Tyler Jones, Summit, 16:08; 7. JP Kiefer, Marist, 16:11; 8. Sam King, Mountain View, 16:11; 9. Dakota Thornton, Mountain View, 16:14; 10. Gabe Wyllie, Mountain View, 16:17

Area runners

Corvallis: 19. Ellis Roper 16:35, 29. Gabe Schoenfeld 16:51, 35. Doug Burris 16:59, 52. Tristan Mitchell 17:22, 65. Theo Gorchels 17:42, 67. Maclean Panshin 17:44, 70. Nathan Shaw 17:48

South Albany: 47. Chris Morgan 17:18, 68. Riley Rimer 17:44, Michael Ketsdever, 79. Tynan Cardwell 18:10, 82. Martin Herrera 18:15, 85. Juan Medina 18:30, 93. Tyler Whittaker 19:54

Lebanon: 48. Marcus Corbett, 17:19


Team scoring: Summit 33, Mountain View 81, Corvallis 93, Cleveland 122, Hood River Valley 146, Wilson 162, The Dalles 180, Sandy 209, Crescent Valley 225, Wilsonville 240, Churchill 278, Marist 321

Top 10 individuals: 1. Hannah Gindlesperger, Summit, 17:53; 2. Olivia Brooks, Summit, 18:37. 3. Rachel Khaw, Libery, 18:47; 4. Kaely Gordon, Summit, 18:54; 5. Emma Wren, Cleveland, 18:56; 6. Sascha Bockius, Hood River Valley, 19:00; 7. Taryn Rawlings, Wilsonville, 19:04; 8. Olivia Stein, Wilson, 19:04; 9. Maragarita Lauer, Franklin, 19:05; 10. Delaney Clem, Pendleton, 19:06

Area runners

Corvallis: 13. Justine Feist 19:16, 16. Maria Ingersoll 19:31, 23, Gwyneth McMorris 20:00, 25. Georgia Dunn-Hartman 20:02, 37. Kindra Gutt 20:48, 42. Emma Kane 21:08, 56. Bethany Llewellyn 21:49

Crescent Valley: 40. Rachel Pearce-Smith 21:02 50. Gillian Stephenson 21:33, 51. Nessa Meade 21:36, 54. Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis 21:43, 57. Christina Hollon 21:50, 72. Vanessa Hufnagel 22:37, 77. Hiruni Aponso 23:17


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