Three freshman runners PR at Harrier Classic

By Gini Davis

The Creswell Chronicle

All three freshman boys on the Creswell Bulldogs cross country team chalked up personal records during the Harrier Classic, hosted by South Albany High School and held Oct. 7 at Bryant Park in Albany.

The large, competitive Harrier Classic attracts primarily attracts teams from larger schools.

In the boys’ Frosh/Soph JV 5K, freshman Josiah Lee PR’d by finishing 88th of 296 runners, with a time of 20:48.60; freshman Seth Handman PR’d by finishing 176th in 22:26.60; and freshman Jackson Velarde PR’d by finishing 220th in 23:23.40.

“It was a very crowded race, and I was toward the middle of the pack, so that was pretty rough, but overall it was a really good course,” Lee said. When nearing the end of the race, “I sprinted a lot harder and passed this guy who’d been ahead of me the whole race by like 10 meters,” he added.

Of his 13-second PR, Handman said he felt “fantastic,” but added that he would like to “make it to 21 minutes if I can.”

“I am very proud of the freshman boys; their work ethic in practice is reflected by these PRs,” said Creswell Head Coach Juli Accurso. “This was Josiah’s first time until 21 minutes,” she noted, “and he ran that with an untied shoe!”

In the boys’ Junior/Senior JV 5K, Devin Schrader finished 100th of 188 runners in 21:11.00.

In the girls’ Junior/Senior JV 5K, junior Freya DeMasters finished 60th of 132 runners in 26:15.20; junior Emily Garcia-Anson finished 109th in 30:26.50; and junior Morgan Janshen finished 110th in 30:26.80.

It was Garcia-Anson’s first time running in cross country cleats, and while she said it was an adjustment, “I felt a little faster, especially at the end.”

The young CHS team has just two races left before Districts – this week’s Mid-Willamette 4-Way Meet at Crescent Valley, and next week’s Run for the Brownies at Sandpines Golf Links.

“We’ll be using the races these next two weeks to sharpen up for Districts,” Accurso said. “Onward and upward!”