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Oregon 2003 cross country
Nike Jim Danner Invitational
Oct 10 at Tualatin Park, Beaverton OR


Galen Rupp 15:07 5.1k wins the battle, but US #6 Mead Spokane wins the war with Central Catholic Portland, 92-94. US#23 Ferris WA and US#12 Jesuit OR are 3rd and 4th. Briana Felnagel 18:31 leads Bellarmine WA girls 73 (Jesuit 76).

by Leo Collins

In what amounted to an Oregon-Washington team Border War 6 weeks before the BorderClash at Nike world headquarters next month, Washington state teams won the championships in the elite fields. Individually, Galen Rupp of Central Catholic Portland could not be contained and was an easy winner.

The meet, sponsored by Nike at the Tualatin-Hills Park & Recreation Complex near the Nike campus in Beaverton, saw some great team competition in honor of Jim Danner, the former cross country coach for Aloha. His Aloha girls teams won the State Meet in 1980, 1981 & 1983 while placing third in 1982 & the team races this year were a true reflection of his spirit.

The temperature hovered in the mid-50’s and threatened rain held out for the most part, so conditions were quite good for the basically flat course. The only fly in the ointment was that the intended 5K course measured approximately 100 meters too long. If that was truly the case, and officials intended to remeasure the course after the event, then Galen Rupp’s time was really something special.

The Central Catholic ace was expected to get a spirited battle from Mead’s twosome of Evan Garber and Laef Barnes, along with Centennial’s Ryan Vail, but that never occurred. Rupp seized the lead almost from the beginning and then stretched it throughout the race. In the end he strolled to at least a 100 meter victory in a very fast 15:07. Given the course distance he would have the fastest time in the nation this year surpassing Colorado’s Ryan Deak.

Garber and Vail duelled for the better part of the race but the Mead runner pulled away in the last half mile to garner second by 4 seconds with a time of 15:23.

If the boy’s individual race was not close the teams more than made up for it. Mead of Spokane, Wa. was ranked 6th in the nation at the time of the race by the Harrier but Jesuit of Oregon was ranked 12th & Ferris, also of Washington, was ranked 23rd, so much was anticipated.

The Central Catholic team appeared to be on a mission after being considered only 8th in the region and by the end of the race they had made their point. In a race, which could easily have gone either way, Mead escaped with a narrow 92 to 94 victory over Central Catholic. Joel Ferris of Washington placed 3rd ahead of Portland’s Jesuit, which is currently the number one ranked team in Oregon.

Jackson high school of Washington led by Jeff Helmer and Caleb Knox placing 4-5 individually, was just a bit back in fifth position.


The individual race for the girls saw a mass of runners within 15 meters of the lead for a good mile, as Brie Felnagle of Bellarmine Prep, Brianna Anderson-Gregg of Philomath & Olivia Bender of Cleveland tended to control the front. Jesuit and Sheldon girls remained in hot pursuit for a good part of the race until the war of attrition saw the three before-noted runners gain a lead.

Felnagle took the lead on the back part of the course and would not be headed, winning with a fine time of 18:31 (and again subtract important seconds for the extra 100 meters). Bender could not quite stay with Philomath’s Anderson-Gregg and Kendel Nelson of Crater placed 4th a second below the magic 19 minute barrier.

The team struggle for the girls was also tight with only 3 points separating champion Bellarmine from Jesuit. The Jesuit pack just could not quite overcome the deficit, which essentially saw Bellarmine adding only four runners but Kait Hurley & the Jesuit crew would have had six runners under 20 minutes if not for the distance. Sheldon, Oregon’s 2nd ranked team, was well represented to earn third place led by Casey Masterson. Portland Interscholastic teams Lincoln and Cleveland gained 4th & 5th.

Devin McDaniel of Sandy ran an excellent 16:12 to win his division and Shannon McKenzie of Sam Barlow cruised to victory over Aloha’s Melissa Trahin with a time of 19:27.

In the end it was a shame that the course discrepancy occurred, as overall it was a very well run race. The team competition alone was such that the national rankings should look a bit different next week.


| Boys | Girls |


1 Galen Rupp Central Catholic 15:06.68
2 Evan Garber Mead 15:23
3 Ryan Vail Centennial 15:27
4 Jeff Helmer Jaclson 15:35
5 Caleb Knox Jackson 15:42
6 Laef Barnes Mead 15:46
7 Justin Houck Ferris 15:50
8 Mike Quackenbush Ferris 15:51
9 Scott Wall Central Catholic 15:54
10 Michael Maag Jesuit 15:55
11 Isaac Stoutenburgh Crater 15:59
12 Stephen Oliver Central Catholic 16:02
13 Matt Barnhart Sheldon 16:02
14 Kevin Krohn Heritage 16:06
15 Ty Schepler Walla Walla 16:07
16 Jeff Randall Sheldon 16:08
17 John Maletis Jesuit 16:09
18 Colin Longmuir Woodinville 16:10
19 Jordan McNamara Auburn/Riverside 16:11
20 Steven Michels Mead 16:13

Boys Team
1 Mead 92
2 Central Catholic 94
3 Ferris 112
4 Jesuit 127
5 Jackson 135
6 Auburn/Riverside 181
7 Crater 189
8 Sheldon 207
9 Sunset 218
10 Heritage 223
11 Woodinville 228
12 Walla Walla 258
13 Edmonds-Woodway 273
14 Centennial 361


Girls 5K Team
1 Brie Felnagle Bellarmine 18:31
2 Brianna Anderson-Gregg Philomath 18:36
3 Olivia Bender Cleveland 18:37
4 Kendel Nelson Crater 18:59
5 Casey Masterson Sheldon 19:00
6 Heather Spinney Sheldon 19:02
7 Samone Brockett Sunset 19:12
8 Kait Hurley Jesuit 19:12
9 Katie Sullivan Jesuit 19:21
10 Patricia Loughlin Jesuit 19:23
11 Adriane Puetz Cleveland 19:25
12 Ana Casillas Bellarmine 19:29
13 Marsha Lampi Lincoln 19:29
14 Harmony Teitswoth Lincoln 19:34
15 Hailey Belli Philomath 19:38
16 Rita Troop Bellarmine 19:43
17 Sarah Lorch Bellarmine 19:45
18 Allison Graham Jackson 19:47
19 Hilary Schneidmiller Walla Walla 19:48
20 Holly Thompson Sheldon 19:54

Girls Team
1 Bellarmine 73
2 Jesuit 76
3 Sheldon 110
4 Lincoln 136
5 Cleveland 160
6 Jackson 164
7 Walla Walla 208
8 Philomath 220
9 Sunset 222
10 Tigard 238
11 Crater 244
12 Westview 287
13 Centennial 288 


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