Golden finishes highlight state meet

Thompson leads Central Catholic to repeat win; Summit dominates again
Nov. 2, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal
Central Catholic senior Kyle Thompson hits the finish line first in the Class 6A boys race Saturday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

EUGENE - Anyone who expected close finish at the OSAA Cross Country State Meet Saturday got one in the final race of the day - when Kyle Thompson of Central Catholic and Reilly Bloomer of South Eugene hit the track at Lane Community College within meters of one another.

Bloomer put on a burst in an attempt to catch Thompson as the crowd cheered for just such a move. But, Thompson reacted with his own surge and cast Bloomer's late rally aside to win the race in 15 minutes, 22 seconds and return to the role of state champion he took on as a sophomore before finishing third last year.

"It feels really good to be state champion again," Thompson said. "That was a great race to win, the kind I like. It's fun when the crowd gets all into the race."

Saturday's races were marked by strong performances from state champion runners, who largely ran away from their fields by midrace.


CLASS 6A -Thompson's five-second win over Bloomer helped the Rams score just 33 points - the low team total of the day - for their seventh win in 11 years.

CLASS 5A -Junior Matthew Maton of Summit turned in the best performance of the day on the boys side by finishing in 14:59, which beat the field by 51 seconds. The Storm won the team title as well for the third straight year.

CLASS 4A - Senior Mitchell Butler of Siuslaw moved up from second in the 2012 race to the individual title, crossing the finish line in 15:37 and edging teammate Mack Marbas by four seconds. The top two finish didn't stop LaSalle of Milwaukie, though, from winning the school's first team title.

CLASS 3A - Senior David Ribich became only the third runner from Enterprise to win a state title with a 13-second win over Creswell senior Zach Bellew, clearing the course in 15:58. Valley Catholic won the team title for the second time in three years led by senior Cooper Roach and junior Wilder Boyden, who both finished in 16:39.


CLASS 6A - Sophomore Ella Donaghu of Grant, whose fourth-place run last year was a key to her school winning the team title, bested last year's champion, junior Sara Tsai of South Eugene, by 24 seconds, winning in 18:01. Sunset, led by senior Charlotte Corless, won the team title for the first time in three decades.

CLASS 5A - Summit sophomore Hannah Gindlesperger put on one of the top performances of the day by finishing in 17:53, which won her race by 44 seconds over freshman teammate Olivia Brooks. The Storm easily won the team title for the sixth straight year.

CLASS 4A - Senior Shaylen Crook used her school's drop from Class 5A to 4A and inspiration from just clearing the 19-minute mark to become Marhfield's first girls individual champion. Crook, the lone runner from Marshfield in the race, finished in 18:28 and won by 31 seconds over Molalla senior Emily Bever. Bever scored a win, though, in the team race, which the Indians won for the first time.

CLASS 3A - Union won the team race for the third straight year led by seniors McKenzie Powell and Katriel O'Reilly, who switched spots atop the individual standings from last year when O'Reilly won by 17 seconds. This year Powell won by 21 seconds.