Wildcats handle 3-Course Challenge | Cross country
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
September 24, 2012 · Updated 12:26 PM
Continuing a series of strong showings at the Three Course Challenge, the Oak Harbor High School boys cross country team placed third and the girls fifth in their divisions at Seaside, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 22.
Over 100 teams from Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii competed. Team scores were determined by the place of a school's top three runners over the hard course (5,000 meters) and the top two from both the moderate (5,000 meters) and easy courses (4,500 meters). Some races had over 500 competitors.
The courses featured unique challenges such as sand dunes and mud pits.
The Wildcats boys scored 280 points to place third out of 24 teams in Division 1 (large schools); Kentwood won with 181.
The Oak Harbor girls tallied 332; Todd Beamer took first in a field of 23 with 274.
John Rodeheffer earned the best Oak Harbor finish by winning the Division 1 hard course race in 19:38; he was fourth overall over the course.
Also scoring for Oak Harbor were Jason Salas (moderate, fifth in division, 12th overall, 20:03), Gavin Stewart (easy, 21st, 42nd, 16:52), Caley Powers (easy, 24th, 49th, 17:06), Isaac Matthews (moderate, 15th, 51st, 21:15), Patrick Mayer (hard, 18th, 53rd, 21:45) and Alexander Krantz (hard, 23rd, 69th, 22:08).
Alex Laiblin led the way for the Wildcat girls, placing fourth in Division 1 in the hard race, ninth overall in 25:04.
Finishing the scoring were Christina Wicker (moderate, fifth, 12th, 24:40), Marisa Sligh (easy, 11th, 24th, 20:55), Ashley Everett (moderate, 16th, 46th, 26:20), Rachel Crowther (hard, 25th, 59th, 27:37), Jessica Ganswig (easy, 25th, 71st, 22:58) and Mackenzie Jackson (hard, 42nd, 111th, 29:05).
Coach Eric Peterson said, "John Rodeheffer showed a lot of heart and determination to run hard and finish at the front of his race. Other standout performances for the guys included Gavin Stewart and Isaac Mathews in their respective races.
"For the girls, Alex ran like a beast again. Marissa Sligh and Jessica Ganswig also had breakout performances in their respective races.
"We were impressed with how our kids ran overall since a lot of them are sore and tired after a tough week of training. Overall the trip was a great time and the kids had a lot of fun."
Division results for other Oak Harbor runners:
Boys hard (153 runners): 29, Clayton Richardson, 22:14; 47, Nathan Wagner, 23:08; 50, Dakota Powers, 23:23; 56, Stephen Miller, 23:47; 67, Brendan Bristow, 24:31.
Boys moderate (179): 48, Gunnar Melnick, 23:02; 70, Tristin Mirabal, 24:04; 73, Steve Hall, 24:24; 77, Haruka Earney, 24:35.
Boys easy (158): 29, Logan Clark, 17:16; 71, Jon Dix, 19:36; 73, Daniel Ross, 19:40; 74, Dustin Mirabal, 19:45; 76, Joseph Gorman, 19:58; 82, Nathan Richardson, 20:08; 86, Nathan Larson, 20:22.
Girls hard (113): 79, Rae Wynne, 33:03.
Girls moderate (148): 20, Carlie Kenny, 26:53; 53, Nikki Blanchard, 28:48; 65, Carly Crowther, 29:13; 76, Caitlyn Dodge, 29:41; 77, Sydney Ericksen, 29:43; 84, Alisa Meany, 30:27.
Girls easy (159): 36, Faith Callies, 23:19; 64, Jonalynn Horn, 24:24; 71, Mizuki Suga, 24:59; 86, Mara Powers, 26:04; 87, Jackie Dejesus, 26:08.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.