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Donaghu, Wilson score at PIL meet

Grant senior preps for state title defense, Wilson eyes a surprise
Oct. 21, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - Grant senior Ella Donaghu got the kind of run she hoped for as preparation for the state cross country meet - even if she didn't get the race she wanted.

Donaghu, the defending Class 6A state champion, ran to victory by more than a minute at the PIL District championships, helping her team win as well at Fernhill Park in Northeast Portland. Her time of 17 minutes, 42.6 seconds established an unofficial meet record.

Lincoln freshman Kyla Becker finished second in 18:59.4. The Cardinals finished second as a team.

In the boys final, Wilson sophomore Alex Slenning took charge at the mid-point and ran to victory, helping the Trojans upset favored Lincoln in the team race as well.

Slenning won at 15:42.5, with junior teammate Caleb Seely finishing second in 15:54.4.

Lincoln, led by senior Avi Meyer (15:57.3) in third, placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 10, and all seven of its runners in the top 16, but Wilson's second-half surge earned the team win as it placed its five scoring runners in the top 15. Lincoln held five of the top 6 spots at 2,500 meters before fading.

Both Wilson and Lincoln are headed to the state meet with visions of winning, which would give the district its first boys team champion since 1983.

The OSAA championships are set for Lane Community College in Eugene, Oct. 31. Central Catholic has won the past three boys titles and eight of the last 12. South Eugene is the defending girls champion.



Donaghu takes first step to repeat

Grant's defending state champion cruises to PIL title on wild course
Oct. 22, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning

PORTLAND - On one of the wettest days possible, Grant junior Ella Donaghu negotiated the 5,000-meter cross country course set up at Franklin High School with ease and won the PIL title Wednesday afternoon.

Donaghu, the defending state champion, finished in 18 minutes, 26.3 seconds, more than 45 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Sydney Brieher of Wilson. Donaghu's run helped the Generals win the district title.

In the boys race, Cleveland senior Nabi Amin won the individual title, but the Warriors missed qualifying for the state championships, which are set for Nov. 1 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Among the other winners statewide in meets:



GREATER VALLEY: West Salem junior Brooke Chulantseff won the individual girls title, while Forest Grove won the team title. In the boys race, West Salem sophomore Ahmed Muhamed won the individual title, but Forest Grove won the team title.

METRO: Sunset won both the team races, and featured junior Nicole Griffiths as indivual champion in the girls race. On the boys side, Aloha's Luis Torres won the individual title, while Jesuit finished just three points away from taming the district title. Second place, though, helped Jesuit qualify as a team after a year off.

MT HOOD: Central Catholic won both the boys and girls sides, although only by a couple seconds in the girls race as Oregon City tied with the Rams at 55 points. When the sixth runner was used as a tiebreaker, the Rams won. Individually, Centennial senior Thomas Morrell III won the boys race, while David Douglas junior Kennedy Allen won the girls race.

SOUTHWEST: South Eugene senior Reilly Bloomer scored a narrow victory over Sheldon junior Jackson Mestler, which helped the Axemen earn a two-point win in the team race over the Irish. In the girls race, South Eugene senior Sara Tsai ran to an easy win and her teammates followed with a total score of just 26 points for the district title.

THREE RIVERS: West Linn junior Roman Ollar led the Lions to a 1-2-3 sweep of the individual results, which propelled them to the boys team title. St. Mary's announced its presence on the state level by finishing with the top seven runners, led by junior Lacey Conner.


MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY: Corvallis senior Justine Feist ran to the girls title, which helped the Spartans win the team title. In the boys race, Crescent Valley senior Justice Lamer won the individual title, which led the Raiders to the team title.

NORTHWEST OREGON: Wilsonville won the girls and boys races, although other schools took the top individual spots. Junior Rachel Khaw of Liberty won the girls race, while La Salle junior Sean Richardson won the boys race.


SKYLINE: Hidden Valley senior Shane Crofoot won the boys individual title, but Phoenix had the next six finishers to easily win the team title. In the girls race, Henley junior Lexi Healy won the individual title, but Phoenix again won the team title as its top five finishers were all in the top 9.

TRI-VALLEY: Defending state champion Molalla easily won the girls team race led by junior Amanda Clarizio, who won the individual title. In the boys race, Corbett junior Luke Davis won the individual title, while Crook County cruised to the team title.




FAR WEST: Sophomore Celie Mans of Siuslaw took the individual title, and led the Vikings to the team title, while senior Seth Campbell won the boys meet. Marshfield won the boys team title.

SKY-EM: Sisters won both team meets led by senior Aria Blumm, who won the girls individual title. Sweet Home senior Jacob Hiett won the boys individual title.


DISTRICT1: Catlin Gabel freshman Maya Rayle won the girls title and led the Eagles to the team title as well. The Eagles also won the boys title. Riverdale senior Guy Eroh won the individual title.

DISTRICT 2: Kennedy freshman Kaylin Cantu won the girls individual title, but Westside Christian won the team title. Junior Adrian Parra of Kennedy won the boys title, while Horizon Christian won the team title.

DISTRICT 3: Salem Academy junior Jessie Brownell won the girls individual title, but Nestucca took the team title. On the boys side, East Linn Christian sophomore Josh Miner won the team title and led the Eagles to the team title.

DISTRICT 4: Pleasant Hill won both team meets led by freshman Hunter Murphy's win on the boys side. Senior Aysia Killingbeck of Oakridge won the girls title.

DISTRICT 6: Cascade Christian senior Tim Macpherson won a major battle to finish line by just two seconds over Rogue River junior Rio Lopez, but Bandon took the team title. On the girls side, St. Mary's junior Marissa Dobry won the individual title and led the Crusaders to the team title.




INTERMOUNTAIN: Summit won both the boys and girls team titles - as defending state champions - with ease, led by senior Matthew Maton's individual win in the boys race. Sophomore Olivia Brooks won the girls race.


GREATER OREGON: LaGrande senior Elliott Jonasson won the boys race and led his team to the state meet, while McLoughlin senior Josie Lonai won the girls meet and led the Pioneers to the state meet.


DISTRICT 5: Union won the team race on both the boys and girls side despite not having a finisher higher than fourth in either race. Junior Fabian Cardenas of Umatilla won the boys race, and sophomore Delia Deleon of Nyssa won the girls race - both of them heading to state as the lone representative from their school.





Prep meets begin playoff season

Cross country runners are the first to head for state titles
Oct. 21, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Grant junior Ella Donaghu will begin her quest to join the ranks of Oregon’s historically elite runners Wednesday at the Portland Interscholastic League meet  as the OSAA postseason gets underway.

All six Class 6A district meets are scheduled for Wednesday, with the state meet set for Nov. 1 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

The Class 5A, 4A and 3A district meets will be completed by Saturday.

By winning the Class 6A meet as a sophomore, Donaghu has the opportunity to three-peat, something only nine runners have done ahead of her since state championships were established for girls in 1974.

A three-peat for Donaghu would actually turn into a four-peat as she was part of Grant’s state title team as a freshman.

The boys district meets will feature Class 5A defending champion Mathew Maton of Summit, who is among the nation’s top runners. The Central Oregon district meet is set for Friday in Redmond.

Here are the dates and sites for district meets:

Portland Interscholastic - Clinton Park/Franklin HS
Metro -  Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, Beaverton
Three Rivers - Clackamas CC
Mt. Hood - Centennial High School
Greater Valley - Joe Dancer Park, McMinnville
Southwest - Lane CC, Eugene
Mid-Willamette Valley, Crystal Lake Sports Park, Corvallis
Northwest Oregon - Blue Lake Park, Gresham
Skyline - Steen Sports Complex, Klamath Falls
Tri-Valley - McIver Park, Estacada


Far West - Brookings-Harbor HS
Sky-Em - Lane CC, Eugene
District 1 - Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, Beaverton
District 2 - Bush Park, Salem
District 3 - Bush Park, Salem
District 4 - Lane CC, Eugene
District 6 - Valley of the Rogue State Park, Rogue River


Central Oregon - Eagle Crest Resort, Redmond
Greater Oregon - Treasure Valley CC, Ontario
District 5 - McKay Park, Pendleton

Columbia River - Sandstone Middle School, Hermiston
Midwestern - Fern Ridge Reservoir, Eugene
Cowapa - Camp Rilea, Warrenton
Oregon West - Philomath HS

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