Klamath aims for a long-sought team title

Pelicans are favored in team and individual races
Oct. 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

It's been 42 years in the making, but the Klamath Union Pelicans seem ready to claim a team title at the 4A girls cross country championships Saturday.

Led by senior Alisha Luna, the two-time defending champion, Klamath Union is a heavy favorite to win the team title, which would be its first since girls championships were held in 1974.

Last year, Luna won the individual title by 25 seconds, but the team fiinished second to Scappoose by just one point. This season, the Pelicans figure as the team to beat in the team race, while Luna has plenty of competition for the individual title.

Luna, now a senior, has run well during the season, including a first-place finish at the Adidas XC Classic earlier this month. However, Kay Potter, a senior at Siuslaw, ran in the meet as well, but in the elite portion of it, which she placed 11th in. Their times were just three seconds apart - 18:11 for Luna, 18:14 for Potter.

Sierra Brown, a senior from Hidden Valley who finished second at the state meet last year, also figures to be in the mix at the head of the pack having won the Skyline Conference title ahead of Luna.

Klamath Union won the team race of its division at the Adidas Classic by 70 points over Scappoose, and had six finishers in the top 12 at the Skyline Conference meet.

HERE ARE THE TOP CONTENDERS

18:25   Katy Potter, Sr., Siuslaw*

18:54   Amanda Welch, Soph., La Grande*

19:03   Sierra Brown, Sr., Hidden Valley*

19:10   Josie Lonai, Soph., McLoughlin

19:27   Alisha Luna, Sr., Klamath Union

19:33   Emily Bever, Jr., Molalla*

19:36   Dakota Steen, Jr., Ridgeview*

19:59   Zoe Falk, Jr., Sisters

20:02   Tia Carnahan, Sr., Scappoose*

20:02   Kristen LaChapelle, Jr., Cascade*

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