Jesuit justifies rankings: sweeps 6A titles
Maag takes girls indiv. title; unheralded Drew Jordan takes boys
On an overcast day largely lacking suspense in the team portion of the state’s largest classification, the 2008 Oregon State Meet still managed a number of surprises and plenty of drama in the eight championship races unfolding at Eugene’s Lane Community College. Dave Devine Meet Story
|4A star Elliott Jantzer turned in the fastest boys time of the day with his 15:42.8 clocking - Photos by Robert Rosenberg|
|Jesuit soph Annamarie Maag led the Crusader charge, as she has all season, running the fastest girls time of the day at 18:23.3|
Class 6A Highlights
- Class 6A - Jesuit boys with 27 over Central Catholic 79; Jesuit girls with 36 over St. Mary's Academy 108
- Class 5A - Crater boys with 42 over Cleveland 110; Summit girls with 25 over Crater 73
- Class 4A - Hidden Valley boys with 37 over Phoenix 73; Siuslaw girls 36 over Scappoose 122
- Class 3A/2A/1A - Union boys with 49 over Nyssa 67; St. Mary's girls with 82 over Catlin Gabel 92
Class 5A Highlights
- North Medford junior Drew Jordan, relatively unheralded heading into the meet, battled back and forth with South Eugene senior Sammy Kirtner for most of the race before pulling out a 15:55.6 victory over Kirtner's 16:03.1. Jesuit's Andy Kiyokawa was third in 16:04.6, opening a Jesuit floodgate that saw 5 Crusaders cram into the top 10 for an easy victory.
- Moving smartly from just off the pace, Jesuit soph Annamarie Maag hit the track with a cluster of five girls and kicked best off the far turn of the track for an 18:23.3 win over St. Mary's Academy senior Alexandra Jones' 18:26.9. Maag and Jones led their squads to respective first and second place team finishes, with Jesuit's 36 points well up on St. Mary's 108.
Class 4A Highlights
- Crook County soph Kellie Foley followed up her sister Michelly's win last year with a 5A title of her own, gapping Crater's Kayleigh Tyerman before the 2 mile point and holding on for a 18:32.5 win to Tyerman's 18:55.6. The Summit trio of Alyssa O'Connor (18:58.6), Megan Fristoe (19:04) and Kellie Schueler (19:07.2) were 3-4-5 to start the 25 points Summit scored for the win.
- Crater junior Josh Elliott blasted away from his brother Zach and Hermiston's Jordan Ringe for a 15:44.4 victory that fronted the victorious Crater boys' effort. Ringe was runner-up in 15:54.3, while Zach Elliott came home third in 16:00.4.
Class 3A/2A/1A Highlights
- Taylor Wallace (Henley sr) dominates race to take second straight title in a time of 18:43.7
- Phoenix senior Elliott Jantzer runs strong, leading from the gun to clinch his repeat state win in 15:42.8, fastest boys clocking of the day.
- Nancy Cardenas (Umatilla sr) finished first in 19:03 ahead of two-time champ Ashley Baldovino (Lakeview jr)
- Nyssa junior Brian Nelson captured first after leading much of the race, helping Nyssa team to second place finish