EUGENE — A fast start didn’t portend a fast finish in Saturday’s OSAA 5A boys cross country championships.
At least not for Corvallis and Crescent Valley high schools.
Summit and Hermiston both had speedy finishers, accounting for seven of the first 10 scored runners in the team race.
“It was exciting,” CHS senior Keet Dailey said. “We came out pretty fast. Maclean (Panshin) was ahead of me.
“It was hard. I’m used to coming out comfortable and maybe pushing it a little bit, and then pushing it the second mile and crushing people. It wasn’t like that all.”
Instead, every place was a fight, a push to catch the person in front. Dailey won enough of those individual battles to finish 26th in his first state meet appearance, covering the course in 17 minutes, 4 seconds.
“It was pushing it harder and harder and harder just to get up to the next person,” Dailey said. “It’s a tough course, too. It’s long.”
Dailey wound up well in front of Panshin, the Mid-Willamette Conference individual champion.
Panshin, though, didn’t have the same fire he possessed at Mission Bottom 10 days earlier in the district meet.
“I felt pretty good in the second mile,” Panshin said. “I was with (Dailey) and we were neck and neck and trying to stick it strong. Then he passed me and I let him go. He was feeling it more than I was. In the third mile, I passed some people on the hill and I wasn’t able to recover on the flat surfaces.”
Crescent Valley’s Devin Volk, sixth at districts, came in 32nd at state in 17:11. That was 10 places ahead of Panshin (17:25) in 42nd. Lebanon’s Charlie Vandetta finished 53rd in 17:44
Summit, meanwhile, had the top two runners and four of the top 10. Hermiston had three in the top 10 and Cleveland put five in the top 16 to threaten the Storm and steal second place from the Bulldogs.
Summit won the title with 33 points. Cleveland was second with 61 and Hermiston third with 69. Corvallis finished seventh with 197 points, 32 behind sixth-place Franklin. Crescent Valley was 12th with 298.
Summit’s Travis Neuman was the individual winner in 15:29.
While there aren’t a lot of hills on the 5,000-meter course, they are steep and deliver steep descents, too. For some runners it’s a help, for others, a hindrance.
“I like the hills,” Dailey said. “It helps, it really helps some runners. Others it breaks them. It really helped my race.
“I knew I was going to have to push it and push it harder. I really wish I’d had a little more experience. This was my first time coming to state here, but it was fun.”
Team scores: Summit 33, Cleveland 61, Hermiston 69, Mountain View 131, Wilsonville 153, Franklin 165, Corvallis 197, Pendleton 218, Marshfield 219, St. Helens 274, Marist 279, Crescent Valley 298
Top 10: 1. Travis Neuman, Summit, 15:29; 2. Matthew Maton, Summit, 15:42; 3. Alejandro Cisneros, Hermiston, 15:46; 4. Eduardo Juarez, Hermiston, 15:52; 5. Jose Macias, Hermiston, 16:06; 6. Eric Alldritt, Summit, 16:13; 7. Nabi Amin, Cleveland, 16:25; 8. Luke Hinz, Summit, 16:26; 9. Dakota Thornton, Mountain View, 16:27; 10. Ty James, Wilsonville, 16:27
Corvallis: 26. Keet Dailey, 17:04; 42. Maclean Panshin, 17:25; 46. Ellis Roper, 17:26; 48. Nathan Shaw, 17:28; 49. Tristan Mitchell, 17:28; 58. Gabe Schoenfeld, 17:55; 65. Theo Gorchels, 18:08
Crescent Valley: 32. Devin Volk, 17:11; 66. Elijah McGowan, 18:08; 67. Alec Van De Graff, 18:09; 72. Eric Cutter, 18:30; 79. Sam Greydanus, 18:58; 83. Marcel Erickson, 19:44; 86. Eric McDougal, 20:03
Lebanon: 53. Charlie Vandetta, 17:44