District cross country meets open the OSAA playoff schedule
Oct. 22, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
A slew of district cross country meets wlll begin the drama of the OSAA championships event this week across Oregon.
Teams at four classifications will be whittled to two each in every district along with individual qualifiers along 5,000-meter courses.
Wednesday is the biggest day for the state when 11 district meets are scheduled to take place, including four of the Class 6A meets: the Mt. Hood Conference at Centennial High, Metro League at Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec., Central Valley at Salem's Push Park, and Three Rivers League at Clackamas Community College.
District meets will continue through Saturday.
Here is the schedule of district meets by classification.
Central Valley - Wednesday at Salem, Bush Park
Metro League - Wednesday at Tualatin Hills Rec. Center
Mt. Hood Conference -Wednesday at Centennial High
Pacific Conferenece - Thursday at Clackamas Comm. College
Southwest - Thursday at Central Point, TouVelle State Park
Three Rivers League - Wednesday at Clackamas Comm. College
PIL - Wednesday at Lents Park
Northwest Oregon - Wednesday at Gresham, Blue Lake Park
Midwestern - Wednesday at Eugene, Alton Baker Park
Mid-Willamette -Wednesday at Woodburn, Mission Bottom Park
Columbia River - Saturday at Hood River High
Intermountain - Friday at Bend High
Tri-Valley - Wednesday at Estacada, McIver State Park
Cowapa - Thursday at Warrenton, Camp Rilea
Sky-Em - Thursday at Lane Comm. College
Oregon West - Saturday at Cascade High
Far West - Thursday at North Bend, Tugman State Park
Skyline - Wednesday at Henley High
Greater Oregon - Saturday at LaGrande High
District 1 -Thursday at Beaverton, Tualatin Hills Rec. Center
District 2 - Thursday at Salem, Bush Park
District 3 - Thursday at Salem, Bush Park
District 4 - Saturday at Crow, Polyrock Ranch
District 5 - Friday at Pendleton, McKay Park
District 6 - Thursday at Rogue River, Valley of the Rogue Park
Sunset, Jesuit repeat, but four other titles go to new teams
Feeb. 18, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
The expected challenges both Sunset and Jesuit were ready to face didn't materialize and they each defended their state swim titles on a day of fresh faces at Mt. Hood Community College.
Sunset repeated as boys champion at Class 6A, while Jesuit won its fourth-straight girls title.
Summit won both boys and girls titles at Class 5A, while the Cottage Grove boys and Henley girls won at Class 4A.
For the girls teams at both Summit and Henley, the title was their first after numerous second-place finishes. Summit finished second twice the past five seasons, while Henley finished second four of the past five years.
Among the day's biggest winners were Lake Oswego sophomore Sarah Kaunitz and Sunset junior Cameron Stitt, who both won two events at the Class 6A meet. Kaunitz won the 100 breaststroke, the 200 individual medley and swam legs on the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, while Stitt won the 200 freestyle, the 500 freestyle and swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Stitt missed establishing a all-time meet record in the 500 freestyle by .51 seconds. The 500 freestyle record is the oldest on the OSAA record books, set by Alex Stiles of Lincoln in 1984.
Among the other meet highlights, Cascade Christian sophomore Beanna Sapienza narrowly missed setting a meet record in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 54.63 seconds, just .11 off the record set by Roeburg's Kaylin Bing in 2008.
Cascade Christian senior Aaron Ghiglieri won the 100 butterfly in 49.52, less than a second off the all-time mark of 48.72 set by Aloha's Neil O'Halloran just last year.