Summit plays the role of 5A favorite

Returning champion Neuman leads a strong pack with hungry opponents
Oct. 30, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Cleveland, Corvallis, Hermiston, Wilsonville - there're all among the teams aiming to unseat Summit atop the Class 5A boys cross country state ranks.

But, the Storm won't go easily. At the Central Oregon district meet, the team had six of the top 12 finishers and scored just 18 points led by seniors Travis Neuman and Eric Aldrott as well as sophomore Mathew Maton, who all crossed the finish line in 16:29. Neuman is among the individual favorites having won the title last year.

Cleveland, led by sophomore Nabi Amin, who did not run in the state meet as a freshman, carries the team hopes for Portland, which hasn't fielded a team winner since 1983. The Warriors placed their top five runners within the top 7 at the PIL district meet on a flat, fast course.

Hermiston placed its top 5 runners in the top 9 at the Central Oregon championships led by senior Eduardo Perez, who placed fourth at the state meet last year.

HERE ARE THE TOP CONTENDERS:

15:57   Jackson Packham, Sr., Franklin*

15:57   Ty James, Sr., Wilsonville*

16:02   Nabi Amin, Soph., Cleveland

16:03   Adrian Hinkle, Sr., Cleveland

16:06   Christopher Black, Sr., Franklin

16:11   Ben Thomas, Sr., Wilsonville

16:26   Eduardo Juarez, Sr., Hermiston*

16:28   JP Kiefer, Jr., Marist*

16:29   Travis Neuman, Sr., Summit*

16:35   Maclean Panshin, Soph., Corvallis*

* District champion

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