Grant High

District meets show up on horizon

Cross country teams will pare down to state finalists soon
Oct. 12, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With less than a fortnight before the first OSAA state finals, cross country teams across Oregon are beginning final preparations for the district/league/conference finals that will result in the line-ups for the championships, Oct. 31, in Eugene.

Most of the meets will take place Oct. 21, from Portland to Grants Pass.

The state is divided into four classifications for cross country.

Summit enters with the state's longest run of championships, with its girls team having won the past seven Class 5A finals. Union/Cove has a run of four consecutive Class 3A girls titles, the Summit boys have a run of four-straight 5A titles and Central Catholic has won the last three 6A boys titles.

Here are the district meet venues.


Wed., Oct. 21

PIL - Fernwood Park, Portland

METRO - Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, Beaverton

METRO - Centennial High, Gresham

THREE RIVERS - Clackamas Community College, Oregon City

GREATER VALLEY - Bush Park, Salem

SOUTHWEST - All Sports Park, Grants Pass


Wed., Oct 21

MID-WILLAMETTE - Crystal Lake Sports Park, Corvallis

MIDWESTERN - Jackson County Expo Center, Central Point

NORTHWEST OREGON - Meriwether National Golf Club, Hillsboro

Fri., Oct. 23

INTERMOUNTAIN - Drake Park, Bend

Sat. Oct. 24

COLUMBIA RIVER - Sorosis Park, The Dalles


Wed., Oct. 21

TRI-VALLEY - McIver State Park, Estacada

SKYLINE - Jackson County Expo Center, Central Point

SKY-EM - Lane Community College, Eugene

COWAPA - Camp Rilea, Seaside

Thurs., Oct. 22

FAR WEST - Tugman State Park, North Bend

Fri., Oct. 23

GREATER OREGON - Baker City Golf Course

Sat., Oct. 24

OREGON WEST - Willamette Mission State Park, Brooks


Thurs., Oct. 22

DISTRICT 1 - Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, Beaverton

DISTRIST 2 - Bush Park, Salem

DISTRICT 3 - Bush Park, Salem

DISTRICT 4 - Lane Community College, Eugene



All about opportunity

Grant's performance two years ago sparks its title hopes
Feb. 14, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Heading into the state swim championships, the Grant High team has a good idea of where it’ll wind up on Saturday: somewhere in the top four where it’ll take home a trophy.

Earning a trophy would be three years in a row for the Generals.

But, Grant has been in this situation before, and stunned the state and themselves by winning the Class 6A meet in 2010 with just five swimmers. Last year, the team finished second.

If fate were to suddenly step in Saturday and hit the heavily favored Sunset Apollos, Grant might just be the team to take advantage like it did two years ago and pull off another stunning victory.

“Sunset would have to be considered the favorite, but as we’ve seen from two years ago, anything can happen,” says Will Tyrrell, one of Grant’s three seniors. “This is definitely a sport where anything can happen. People have good days, bad days and people get disqualified.
“Relays get disqualified. That’s a big thing for scoring.”

Sunset enters the meet as the defending champion and favorite having qualified three relay teams to go with two-event favorite Cameron Stitt.
Stitt, a  junior, narrowly missed the All-American qualifying time in the 500 freestyle at the Metro League district meet Saturday.
Teammate Cole Hurwitz, another junior, is an event favorite as well.

Tyrrell and fellow seniors Henry Fellows and Kevin Wallin are key members of the Grant squad that finished second last year to Sunset.
Fellows excels in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley.

Tyrrell excels in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke and Wallin qualified in the 100 breaststroke.

The trio of seniors were members of the 200 medley relay team that set the Class 6A meet record last year, which remains a sign the Generals have big meet potential.

They’re definitely going to need that this weekend to beat the Apollos, who have more individual qualifiers and qualified three relay teams.
Grant would be a surprise winner Saturday, but that’s how the title happened in 2010. Meet favorite Roseburg lost its 200 medley relay team to disqualification in the opening event of the finals and the potential 32 points that go to the winner. Grant won the event and finished four points ahead of Newberg in the final standings.

“After prelims, we looked at the results and thought maybe we’d be top 3,” Tyrrell said. “Then halfway through the finals we looked and were in first place. That’s when we thought, hey we could win this.”

Roseburg finished fifth with 85 points. If the Indians had finished fourth in the relay, they would have won.

“All of the pieces fell into place,” Fellows said. “Before the final race, 400 free relay, (coach Laura Tyrrell) told us if we finished fourth, we’d win state.”

Grant finished fourth, with Fellows rallying from fifth on the final leg.

Tyrrell, Fellows and Wallin have been teammates through high school, although Wallin missed the 2010 meet due to injury. He suffers from tendinitis in his shoulders and has daily treatment. But, he’s qualified in the breaststroke.

For the Generals to win, the entire team will need to swim at personal best levels, especially in events that include Sunset swimmers.

“We all want to win our events, but the challenge is finishing second and third,” Fellows says, “that’s where the key points come from.”

And, of course, something unforeseen would need to happen to Sunset’s line-up.

“Sunset is going to have to swim well,” Fellows says. “We’re going to be right there.
“If anything happens to them, we’ll be ready to squeak in.”

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