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Stelzer leads TD cross country

Senior gets first win at Mustang Invitational

The Dalles senior Ezekiel Stelzer picked up his first win of the season, and The Dalles cross country team racked up 11 personal records or seasonal bests at the Mustang Invitational Thursday at Thompson Ranch in Heppner.


The Dalles senior Ezekiel Stelzer picked up his first win of the season, and The Dalles cross country team racked up 11 personal records or seasonal bests at the Mustang Invitational Thursday at Thompson Ranch in Heppner.



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Jenna Miller

The Dalles senior Ezekiel Stelzer picked up his first win of the season, and The Dalles cross country team racked up 11 personal records or seasonal bests at the Mustang Invitational Thursday at Thompson Ranch in Heppner.

“I thought that our kids ran well,” said TD head coach Bob Thouvenel. “It was a nice day for cross country, with a slight breeze. The races were in an alfalfa field, a different venue for a cross country race, so this was a good change-of-pace meet for everyone.”

Stelzer shattered his personal record by nearly seven seconds with a time of 16 minutes and 49.8 seconds to score his victory over Heppner’s Hunter Nichols (17:06.6) and Riverside’s Alex Llamas (17:27.6).

Ethan Shubert (17:30.3) placed fourth out of the field of 44 varsity runners, and the senior was followed up by Luke McLean (17:30.7), Jony Nelson (17:34.0), John Miller (17:43.2) and Zerin Croover (17:45.5).

Rey Aviluz tallied a time of 18:07.9 to secure 11th place, giving TD 19 points for first place as a team.

Emma Mullins paced the Riverhawk varsity girls’ team with a second-place run of 21:07.9 and Jenna Miller was right behind in third place (21:49.5).

Paige McLeod (22:11.0), Tressa Wood (22:12.0), Bailey Nearing (22:30.8), Marissa Heemsah (23:00.1) and Molly Nelson (23:23.9) made up the rest of the girl’s finishers.

This was the first home meet of the year for Heppner, a program just starting its second season.

The course started on one side of the gravel road and made a big loop back and then the harriers ran down to the other end of the field, making a couple of runs through a creek.

For the junior varsity girls, Amy Requa had a time of 23:56.3, Aspen Cook crossed the finish line in 24:53.6 and Savannah Strassheim placed 12th with her mark of 25:13.1.

Yajaira Madrigal (25:18.5), Elizabeth Tapia (25:27.1), Brianna Webber (25:32.6), Maria Keilman (26:05.8), Hilda Lundstrom (26:12.8) and Samantha Beall (28:42.4) rounded out TD’s participants.

The Riverhawk junior varsity boys had 22 runners signed on, and Michael Lantz led the group with a time of 17:56.3.

Bill Burns (18:37.6), Chase Snodgrass (19:26.0), Cory Cameron (19:34.6) and Chase Nagamatsu (19:40.5) made up the top-5 in the standings.

Evan Despain had a time of 19:44.3, David Wring ended up with a 19:50.4, Zack Ziegenhagen was 22nd after a 19:50.7, Noah Holloran went for 19:57.1 placed 23rd, Mark Felderman ended up 26th at 20:30.3 and Quinn Strassheim had a time of 20:30.6.

Quinn Wilson (21:10.7), Leon Linebarger (21:10.9) and Josiah Andersen (21:30.2) all had personal records, and Blake Keinlen (21:17.5) and Rowan Hopkins (24:31.7) set season records.

The Dalles heads to Pendleton for the Kyle Burnside Memorial Invite at 3 p.m. Thursday.



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