North’s Watley Holds Off South’s Lemus In Girls JV Race

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

SALEM, Ore.–Rounding the softball field at Bush Park, South Salem’s Perla Quevedo-Lemus were slowly catching North Salem’s Rose Watley for the lead with a few hundred meters from the finish line of the JV Girls race Wednesday afternoon.

The Saxon Quevedo-Lemus, who was running in the Junior Varsity race instead of the Varsity race due to a hamstring injury.
The course, the traditional course at Bush Park that includes running up that gosh darn Derby Hill instead of what South, the Vikings and Sprague will be running in a few weeks at the Greater Valley Conference District race, saw Watley build a comfortable lead about mid-race before slowing down slightly that allowed  Quevedo-Lemus and the field to come within striking distance.
“I think I did pretty good, I was looking at it more of a workout, I thought I could’ve gone faster but I was suppose to take it easy today so I did what I could,” said Quevedo-Lemus who ran a 23:49.6 in the race on her road to recovery from the injury.
But, using a sprinters mentality, Watley  about halfway through the the track around the softball field to put a little more breathing distance between herself and Quevedo-Lemus for the race win at 23:45.99.
“I found it inside, that once your really scared you got that energy to go faster and I know I have a sprinter inside of me so I took it all out,” said Watley on the win.
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Perla Quevedo-Lemus coming in strong to finish the girls JV race Wednesday Afteroon (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)
South Salem would take the Top 2 spots in the JV Boys Race with Colton Schnapp and Erick Alaverez going 1-2.
On the Girls Varsity side, there was too a 1-2 duo from the same team in Sprague’s Ginger Murineks (18:26.45) and Kaylee Mitchell (18:26.80), both were separated by 0.35 of a second with the Saxons Anna Chau third (20:03.73) and North Salem’s Madison Willhoft (20:22.30) and Abi Swann (22:31.43) rounding out the Top 5.
On the Boys Varsity side, South Salem took four of the Top 5 spots with Jay Grant (17:28.28) taking the win with the Vikings David Rojas taking second (17:43.05) as the long non-Saxon in the Top 5.
MCMINNVILLE-  Kailey Doutt of McNary won the Girls 5K at Joe Dancer Park with a 20:12.20 time with teammate Ella Repp finishing third with a time of 20:30.47.  McKay’s Hanna Caldwell was the highest finishing Scot in Ninth-place with a 22.14.97 time with teammate freshman teammate Tess Barrnett finishing tenth with a 22:39.97 time.
On the guys side, the Celtics David Allen finished sixth with a time of 18:34.09 with McKay’s Juan Heredia finishing five seconds behind Allen with a 18:39.54 time.  McNary’s Jonas Honeyman rounded up the Top 10 with a tenth-place time of 18:59.49.
Full Results of McNary, McKay and McMinnville visit:  https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=131799#/269
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