State field ready to end Summit reign

After four years of team titles, the Storm looks beatable
Oct. 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

A year ago, the Summit Storm won the Class 5A girls state cross country meet in the most dominating fashion - scoring only 16 points in the team race, which tied the meet record for all classifications and missed the lowest score possible by just one point.

That score capped a four-year run of team titles for the school. This  year, Summit's reign might come to an end, although it certainly won't be easy as the team again won the Central Oregon district meet.

Hood River Valley, led by junior Grace Grimm, and Corvallis, led by senior Malika Washmann, lead a pack of teams looking to win the team title thanks largely to the graduation of Summit's Megan Fristoe, who won the last three individual titles, and a group of three other seniors, all of whom finished in the top 7. Without the top scorers in the meet, the Storm will return to the ranks of solid, but beatable teams.

Cleveland, Marist, La Salle, Molalla are also among the title hopefuls. A win by Cleveland would be the first for the school in either boys or girls competition and the first for a girls team from a PIL school since 1978 when Lincoln won the large-school title. Sophomore Emma Wren of Cleveland is among the top contenders to take over Fristoe's role as state champion, a role not held by a PIL runner for 30 years.

The individual race, won by 23 seconds over senior teammate Ashley Maton last year, looks wide open this year.


18:18   Grace Grim, Jr., Hood River Valley*

18:19   Marykate McGuire, Sr., Dallas*

18:38   Maggie Coleman, Sr., Hermiston

18:48   Taryn Rawlings, Jr., Wilsonville*

18:50   Sascha Bockius, Fr., Hood River Valley

18:52   Emma Wren, Soph., Cleveland*

18:54   Rachel Khaw, Fr., Liberty

18:55   Malika Waschmann, Sr., Corvallis

18:59   Monica Anderson, Sr., Marist*

19:00   Piper McDonald, Soph., Summit*

* District champion