State runners get ready for Cross Country Party

Eight races hit Lane Community College Saturday
Nov. 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Paige Rice, left, and Kyle Thompson are the defending state champions at Class 6A.

The annual gathering of runners from high schools across Oregon is the start to the OSAA state championship season, and Central Catholic is poised to become the dominant program, at least in Fall.

Not only to the Rams have the defending Class 6A individual champion in junior Kyle Thompson, but the team is among the favorites to win in the final event of a day that begins with the Class 3A girls final at 10 a.m.

Thompson is one of five returning champions who'll battle the 5,000-meter course at Lane Community College. St. Mary's junior Paige Rice won the Class 6A girls title, Summit senior Travis Neuman won at Class 5A boys, Klamath Union senior Alisha Luna won at 4A girls, and Creswell sophomore Olivia Powell won at Class 3A girls.

Outside of the Class 4A race, which Siuslaw is an overwhelming favorite to win, most of the team races figure to be highly competitive as they were last year when Scappoose edged Klamath Union by just one point.

Rice won the most competitive individual title, edging South Eugene's Sara Tsai by one second.

Here are scouting reports on the eight finals:

CLASS 3A GIRLS

CLASS 3A BOYS

CLASS 4A GIRLS

CLASS 4A BOYS

CLASS 5A GIRLS

CLASS 5A BOYS

CLASS 6A GIRLS

CLASS 6A BOYS

 

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