By Jeremy McDonald
LEBANON, Ore.– Drew McMullen continued his tear once more as the 3A Special District 2 District Championship race started Thursday afternoon.
The Amity junior set the tone early in his third District appearance on the course that they ran the week before at Pre-Districts by building a sizable lead from the opening gun as McMullen won the race in a time of 16:43.1.
“I started out pretty. I started a little faster than last race, I love the course,” said McMullen with State coming up next Saturday at Lane Community College. “Just pacing myself with the number-one guy there.”
The biggest trick with pacing himself with the fastest runner on the course next weekend, it’s not to burnout early to keep up with him if it turns into a Track race early in the race.
Just not go out there too hard if they go out super, super fast. But faster pace than I’ve ever gone out there before hopefully,” said McMullen.
Fellow Warrior runner Eleonor Alba finished in the top 10 of her final Cross Country race of her High School career by finishing eighth in the District Meet 3A/2A/1A Race, setting a PR with a time of 21:21.1 Thursday during the race.
“It was amazing, when I saw my time at the end I was like, ‘No Way!’ and it was pretty good. I think I did pretty good, pretty big PR,” said Alba.
What was also amazing was the award McMullen received as well during the awards ceremony post-race: The 3A Boys Runner of the Year Award to cap his Junior season before setting off to try to do some damage at the State Meet.
“It was absolutely wonderful, I was shocked when I got it. It means a lot because I’ve been putting a lot of extra work in outside of season and I know that my coach Randy Haynes has put a lot into me with one-on-one training,” starts McMullen. “So it’s a lot of fun and it’s an awesome feeling on getting a award like this, especially after winning the race.”