Dragons Cross Commits to Cedarville

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com DALLAS, Ore.– Dallas’ Cross-Country Runner Trevor Cross described in a letter that he penned that he is glad to have been part of building a strong running program for the Dragons the past four years. Over the past four years, the runner who has logged about 50 or 60 miles a…

South’s Schaap, Trautman, Adam Stephens Nguyen Kick-Off Club Season

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  It wasn’t long ago that South Salem teammates Taitum Schaap and Paige Trautman were competing with the Saxon Girls Cross Country team at the 6A State Meet. Seven days to be exact since South’s tenth-place finish with the Saxons just graduating their lone senior on a big and young…

Amity’s McMullen Takes District Title, Alba Eighth

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com 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…

Kennedy’s Lopez Wins District Title

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald3@gmail.com LEBANON, Ore.–  It was a weird feeling when Kennedy’s Alejandra Lopez was approaching the finish line in the 3A/2A/1A Special District 2 Cross Country race Thursday. Weird in that she wasn’t in the shadow of Kaylin Cantu, having finished District Runner-up to the 2018 Trojan graduate the last three-years at the…

Chemawa Finishes District Runner-Up, Qualifies For State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com LEBANON, Ore.–  The Chemawa Boys Cross Country team came into the 1A/2A Special District 2 District Race Thursday seated third in the District as a team. One of the teams in front of them was East Linn Christian Academy, who would go on to win the District Championship Thursday, but the…

McKay’s Liebl Outlast West Salem’s Repp In District Tune-Up

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com KEIZER, Ore.—McKay’s Jazmine Liebl looked smooth running the Keizer Rapids Park course Wednesday afternoon. Though it was just a 3K, approximately 1.864 miles, the Scots sophomore in her first-year of racing Cross Country built a sizable lead on West Salem’s Ella Repp, entering the second half of the race. “Every time…

Stayton Takes First In Boys And Girls XC Races

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.—The two friends who have been training with each other all season long had another strong race Thursday at the Stayton/Regis Invitational at Stayton Middle School. The two had a speedy start as they pulled away from Chemawa’s Clement Afterbuffalo and the rest of the pack by the time they…

Chemawa Boys Finish Second, Girls Ninth At Stayton/Regis Invite

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com STAYTON, Ore.—He started strong up front, finding himself second to start before floating back and then did a nice little rundown at the finish.  It was strategy a bit for Clement Afterbuffalo Thursday at the Stayton/Regis Cross Country Invitational. The first-year Braves Cross Country runner, who finished eighth in each the…

South Salem’s Boys XC Qualifies For State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.– While rival Sprague saw their Girls Team qualify for State, on the other side of the south said of Salem in the Saxons too sent a team to the State Race as a unit: The Boys Cross Country Team. Behind top finishers Jay Grant (fourth, 16:30.17), Evan Gonzalez (sixth,…

Cascade’s Waters Goes To State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  As a freshman Savanna Waters got a taste of the State Cross Country race where she finished 37th with a time of 21:36.0 in a junior-heavy race that year. A year later, Waters barely missed out on returning to the Big Show with a ninth-place finish, 45 seconds behind…

The Man, The Myth, The Legend Takes District Title, Stayton Goes To State

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com TURNER, Ore.–  Casey Pugh, through his allocades and his hashtag-winning performances for Stayton the last two year he had never done one thing: Win the Oregon West Conference-Title. As his female teammates wrapped up their race, Pugh and his team were lining up for a possible two-peat performance and though the…

Gonzalez 2nd team, Caldwell Honorable Mention

By Jeremy McDonald jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com SALEM, Ore.–  When districts ended in 2016, McKay did not have a runner named to the league honors teams.  A year later they have two, one from the guys and one from the girls side: Ramiro Gonzalez and Hanna Caldwell. “It’s awesome, those two worked hard,” said Head Coach Jason Zellick. …