St. Mary's, Central Catholic reign again

The Blues and Rams dominate the Mount Hood Conference meet
Oct. 23, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
St. Mary's cross country team members celebrate with the district trophy Wednesday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Seniors Kyle Thompson and Paige Rice both passed the first big test of their 2013 cross country seasons Wednesday by winning the Mount Hood Conference championship at Centennial High School.

Thompson won his third straight title to lead Central Catholic to the team championship, while Rice won her fourth straight title and led St. Mary's to the team title.

The next test is Nov. 2 at the Class 6A state meet, where both will be looking to return to the top of the podium, where they shared the spotlight as sophomores after winning state championships.

Thompson pumped up his season by setting a personal best in the 5,000 meters for the season, winning in 15 minutes, 17 seconds on the relatively flat course. His time eclipsed his time from last season by seven seconds.

Rice won in 18:19, a time that was nearly 33 seconds off her winning time from a year ago. But, she still won by more than 16 seconds.

In the team standings, Reynolds edged David Douglas for second by one point, which boiled down to 1.40 seconds when its fifth finishers, senior Grant Turner, edged the fifth finisher from David Douglas, senior Kylan Carlson, by that margin.

Gresham edged Reynolds by three points for second in the girls meet, which qualified the team for the state meet.

The top two teams from each of the six Class 6A districts advance to the state meet at Lane Community College.

 

 

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