CHS harriers cap season with good runs at Districts

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chronicle

Creswell Bulldog harriers gave it their all, but did not qualify anyone for State during the 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 District Championships, held at LCC on Oct. 26.

Junior Freya DeMasters placed 13th in the girls’ 5k in a season’s-best time of 23:19.2. “I was shooting for around that time; it’s not a PR, but it was a good way to end the season,” DeMasters said.

Emily Garcia-Anson placed 38th in a personal-best 27:19.4, a 91-second PR. “She ran the fastest mile of her life the first mile of this race,” noted Creswell Head Coach Juli Accurso.

Freshman Josiah Lee placed 42nd in the boys’ 5k with a personal-best time of 20:03.6 – just shy of his under-20-minute goal. “That sting, because that was the goal I set at the beginning of the season, but I did a good job,” he said.

Devin Schrader placed 51st in 20:53.3 and Seth Handman placed 57th in 23:20. “It’s a very fast course, and very challenging because everybody starts out fast – but overall it was a good race,” Schrader said.

Although she didn’t run because of injury, Morgan Janshen cheered on her team at Districts. “I was really proud of (my teammates); they all did really good and pushed themselves really hard,” she said. “I’m excited for next season!”

“What stood out to me, more than the PRs and season’s bests was the team’s attitude and support for one another,” Accurso said. “Both Morgan and Jackson (Velarde), who were unable to compete due to injury, came out to cheer on the team. The girls cheered on the boys and the boys cheered on the girls. You could feel that everyone was proud of not only what they, themselves, accomplished but also of what their teammates accomplished.

“And the support wasn’t limited to within the team,” she added, “everyone’s parents came, and our athletic director, our principal, our boys’ soccer coach and (former CHS runner) Jesse Wittenborn came. To end the season on a note like that…you can’t ask for anything more.”

For qualifying athletes, the OSAA 3A/2A/1A Cross Country State Championships will be held this Saturday, Nov. 4 at LCC.