By Jeremy McDonald
PORTLAND, Ore.–In her first and only race at the Nike Portland XC Meet, McNary Senior Kaliey Doutt was soaking it all in as she wrapped up her 3.1 mile, 5 kilometer race Saturday morning at Portland Meadows.
“It was such a good opportunity because there’s so many good runners all over the place,” said Doutt on the chance to race there. “Good chance to run fast and compete with the best people around, it was really fun.”
Doutt, who was initially was down for the Danner Championship race Saturday afternoon, instead ran in the Division-2 race where she was hoping to run below 19 minute time; but with her battling a lingering injury, it limited the workhorse of the Lady Celtics Girls Cross Country to a 20:07.8 as she looks to heal up in time for Districts here in a few weeks.
“It was awesome because they could push me a lot harder, I did not run my best today. Actually my knee’s been bothering me some, I was hoping to get below a 19 but I just got above that,” starts Doutt. “It’s kind of disappointing but it’s an amazing opportunity to push myself.”
“I hope to start tapering more because since my legs have been so died, we’ve been running a lot of miles at practice it’s kind of affecting me, but Holcomb will tapper it back when I need it so I can be at my best come Districts.”
Nina Garland finished 48th (22:50.1) in the 5K Frosh/Soph race and Ethan Whalen was 31st (18:46.3) in the 5K Frosh race.
JUAN HEREDIA PRS
The Scots of McKay saw Juan Heredia run a 17:46.7 Saturday as the junior PR’d in the event that he cracked 18:01.7 as a freshman two years ago as he continues to climb up the ranks of Greater Valley Conference runners.
But the talent that Heredia possess, does not surprise those around him as McKay wraps up for the day after the Division-3 race mid-day Saturday.
“It was great, he has the natural talent to push to be Top 15, maybe Top 10 and that’s where we want him, he just has to learn how to push and run his race through,” said Head Coach Jason Zellick. “We’ve all know he’s a natural, he ran a 18:01 here as a freshman, so he can do it. So he can do it, he just has to be out there, be consistent. He has the talent, we got to push him to his potential.”
About 11 seconds behind Heredia for the Scots was Ramiro Gonzalez, who ran a 18:57.2 in the race as McKay turns their focus to their three-way team dual at Forest Grove with the Vikings and Sprague Wednesday afternoon.