Oregon Cross Country 2002

Summit Invitational

Oct 12 at Bend OR


BEND OR 10/12/02 -- News from Oregon...the Summit Invitational was held Saturday, Oct. 12, in
Bend Oregon at the Summit High School athletic complex and the dirt roads
adjoining the complex. The meet was well handled with a beautiful day of
around 60 degrees, 5-10 mph winds at an altitude of just over 4000 feet.
The course was grass, soccer fields, and very loose, very dusty roads on a
small bluff above the soccer complex. The course was very slow in
comparison to the New Balance meet and Stanford races. Lauren Jesperson ran
with a pack of six other runners including his teamate, Pelligrino and many
other top Oregon runners with the absence of Rupp, Chapa and Wall (they
dropped the meet at the last minute). At about 3000 meters into the race
he began to pull away for a comfortable win over Pelligrino in second.

In the girl's race, it was Erin Gray, Christy Paul, defending 4A champion,
Emily Mcmahon, number three in state in 2001, and the girl's team champions
(Stanford meet) from St. Marys. Christy and Erin ran away from the chase
pack and were clear by 1000 meters. As they traversed the soccer complex
for the second half, Erin began a breakaway that put her ahead at the
finish by 33 seconds over Paul, freshman Samone Brockett, and Sarah
Pearson, a South Eugene junior.

Despite going 1-2 in the boy' race,
Klamath Union could not overcome the team efforts of many other schools.

The same was true for South Eugene girls with 1-4-6 for their front three, the
team efforts of others prevailed.

You can view the results and some great photos at the following Because this was the innagural
invitational on this new course, both winners set meet and course records.

At this point in the season, it appears that Jesperson is a sound bet for
repeating as state champion. It would also appear that Gray has found her
way past Christy Paul and is ready to be the new state champion.

by Bob Gray
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