Photo courtesy Paul Carson photography
The Dalles cross country team racked up 17 personal records and eight seasonal-best times at Friday’s Champoeg Invitational at Champoeg State Park in Newberg. In the photos are, from left to right, Noah Holloran, David Wring, Aurelia Hill and Emily Johnson. With their top-11 finishes, TD’s Samuel Alvarez and Emma Mullins put themselves in the top-10 all-time at TD, with Mullins only trailing Mandi Fitz-Gustafson-Williams, Cristina Pereira and Heather Fitz-Gustafson.
Zack Ziegenhagen posted a season-best time for first place in the boys’ race, Vivian Harrah added fifth place to lead The Dalles’ junior varsity group and the varsity duo of Emma Mullins and Samuel Alvarez each were top-11 at the Champoeg Invitational Friday at Champoeg State Park in Newberg.
“It was another great day for cross country races,” TD head coach Bob Thouvenel said. “Our kids had 17 personal records and eight seasonal-bests, so we had some record-breaking performances.”
Ziegenhagen, a junior, ended up with a time of 17 minutes and 44.99 seconds for his first win of the year as he hit his stride over second-place finisher Raine Melby, of Hood River Valley (17:46.02).
Three of the junior varsity participants had times of less than 18 minutes with the Hawks placing second out of 15 teams. Aloha ended up with 45 points for top honors.
Harrah, one of the Lady Hawks’ junior varsity standouts, scored top-10 status after her run of 21:57.96, a career-best, to garner fifth place just 55.18 seconds behind HRV’s Vada Joplin-Clay (21:02.78), who won the girls’ event.
Hood River Valley (24), Aloha (68), Cleveland (97) and Newberg (128) made up the top-4 in the junior varsity standings. In the 10-team junior varsity standings, The Dalles had 161 points to take seventh place.
On the varsity boys’ side, Alvarez showed a more than three-second improvement from his last race on Oct. 4, picking up a personal-best 16:19.00 to take sixth place out of 141 varsity runners.
Washougal’s Gabriel Dinnel placed first after his time of 15:24.55.
Alvarez’s time moved him to No. 10 on The Dalles High School’s all-time best list for in the 5k distance, which propelled the varsity squad to third place with 145 points, behind Washougal (72) and Grant (79).
Following her victory at the Mustang Invitational, where she had a mark of 19:44.9, Mullins shattered that previous personal-best with an impressive 19:21.93 in Friday’s event for 11th place in the field of 117 varsity girls.
Mullins jumps up to No. 4 on TD’s all-time best list, trailing only Mandi Fitz-Gustafson, Cristina Pereira, and Heather Fitz-Gustafson, who all had times under 19 minutes.
Hood River Valley’s Frances Dickinson secured an individual crown with a time of 18:07.39 and Philomath’s Hannah Hernandez was second after a final reading of 18:17.82.
Hood River Valley swept both girls’ divisions, with Dickinson and her teammates putting up 24 points to grab first place.
Aloha (93), Crescent Valley (128), North Salem (166) and Tillamook (171), all wound up ahead of eight place The Dalles (200).
For the rest of TD’s varsity boys, Friedrich Stelzer (16:47.51) tallied 13th place, Gabe Lira (17:08.38) was 36th, and Rey Aviluz (17:17.31) placed 42nd out of 141 runners.
David Wring (17:36.30) claimed 57th, Gavin Cates (17:46.00) grabbed 68th and Nick Caracciolo (17:49.76) crossed the finish line in 73rd place.
While Mullins set the pace near the frontrunners, Hanna Ziegenhagen notched the varsity teams’ next best spot in 18th place with a mark of 20:03.63 and Liz Tapia put up a 21:23.95 to lock down 42nd place.
Fonetia Duyck (21:55.09), Savannah Strassheim (21:55.43), and Aurelia Hill (21:55.61) all timed out in the top-68 and rounding out the varsity girls’ team was sophomore Emily Johnson, whose 22:23.77 gave her 81st place.
The freshman tandem of Caitie Wring (23:23.76) and Ashley Quisenberry (23:29.82) each tallied top-30 finishes, and Bree Webber received 53rd place following her 24:37.92.
Raine Codding (25:28.07), Zoe Orion (25:28.48), Aranza Aviluz (26:03.44) were all within the middle of the pack with their times.
Marin Alvarez (26:42.75), Shea McAllister (28:29.22), Sarah Winters (29:30.00), Ellie Codding 29:40.00, and Keisha Oregon (32:26.12) capped the Riverhawks’ junior varsity squad placers.
TD’s junior varsity boys ended up with four harriers in the top-25, and they were represented by Noah Holloran (18:00.11), Evan Despain (18:22.56), and Diego Minguela (19:01.40).
Right behind that trio were Spencer Coburn (19:06.69), Angel Oregon (19:08.52), and Colin Shubert (19:54.34).
Conor Blair (19:59.02), Aaron Pyles (20:15.98), Ivan Rodriguez (20:24.23), Austin Agidius (20:30.42), and John Cole (21:29.70) were in top form with solid marks in the junior varsity race.
Ready to make even more improvements, TD prepares for Thursday’s Kyle Burnside Invitational at 3 p.m. on the Wildhorse Golf Course grounds near Pendleton.
The Intermountain Conference championships take place at Barnes Butte in Prineville at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24.