Bulldogs open cross country season at Two-Mile Trial

Three Lady Dawgs and new head coach Juli Accurso (left) are all smiles at the Two-Mile Trial. From left are runners Morgan Janshen, Emily Garcia-Anson and Freya DeMasters.

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chronicle

Creswell Bulldog cross country runners stretched their legs during their first outing of the 2017 season, participating in the annual Two-Mile Trial, hosted by Cottage Grove on Aug. 24.

Six Creswell runners competed in the Two-Mile Trial, each setting a personal record.

Senior Devin Schrader led the Bulldog boys, placing 40th in a field of 93 runners with a personal-best time of 14:29. Junior Freya DeMasters paced the Lady Dawgs, placing 32nd in a field of 75 runners in a personal-best time of 18:18.

“Devin and Freya have already demonstrated that they will be strong leaders on and off the course for their teammates,” said first-year Creswell head coach Juli Accurso.

In other finishes for the Creswell boys, freshman Josiah Lee also recorded a personal best, placing 60th in 15:16, while freshman Jackson Velarde placed 87th in a personal-best 19:13.

For the Creswell girls, junior Morgan Janshen recorded a personal-best time of 20:40, placing 62nd, and junior Emily Garcia-Anson placed 67th with a personal-best time of 21:05.

“I was very proud of the effort that every runner gave on Thursday morning, especially considering the course is a tough one with a long hill climb the runners do not once, but twice,” Accurso said.

For Josiah and Jackson, it was their first race as high school athletes, and this was also Morgan’s first cross country race; she is a dual-sport athlete and is also a member of the girls’ soccer team,” Accurso added.

“Morgan was a bit nervous going into her first race, but after she finished, I remember her saying something like, ‘That wasn’t as bad as I thought; after that I know I can run a half marathon!’ Accurso said. “It was awesome to hear her confidence grow over the course of the morning.”

Roseburg topped boys’ team standings with 31 points. Cottage Grove placed second with 53 points, Pleasant Hill placed third with 56 points, Crow placed fourth with 117 points, Junction City was fifth with 119 points, Triangle Lake was sixth with 130 points and Douglas was seventh with 180 points.

Roseburg also topped girls’ team standings, also with 31 points. Pleasant Hill placed second with 84 points, Sutherlin placed third with 85 points, Cottage Grove placed fourth with 103 points, Junction City was fifth with 110 points, North Eugene was sixth with 142 points and Crow was seventh with 166 points.

Fielding incomplete teams along with Creswell were Coquille, Douglas, Lowell and Oakridge.

“Overall, this meet was a great ‘rust buster’ and a fun race to kick off the season,” Accurso said.

The Bulldogs are in action again this week, traveling to Richardson Park at Fern Ridge Reservoir on Saturday for The Invitational, hosted by Marist High School.