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Beavers, Apollos get after it once more


Beaverton beats both Sunset and Lincolns boys to finish at 3-3

PORTLAND — One more time.

Sure, the Metro League raced through its annual district cross country meet yesterday (Wednesday), battling for state-meet berths and individual glory. But last week, Sunset, Beaverton and Lincoln took one more shot at the regular season, racing through the last day of fall sunshine at Portland's Pier Park.

by: MILES VANCE - PURPLE POWER - Sunset's Mark Sussman (left) and Colin Pettit lead a pack during last week's Metro League meet at Pier Park.

Beaverton closed out its regular season in style with wins over both the Apollos and Cardinals, beating both by 26-30 margins on Oct. 17 to finish the 2012 Metro season at 3-3. Senior Dan Oekerman took top honors in the 5-kilometer race with a winning time of 15 minutes, 47 seconds, but he had plenty of help, foremost from junior Zachary Collins who placed sixth at 17:15.

“I felt awesome. That was my first time getting up there and feeling strong,” Collins said. “I've been doing really bad all season so it felt really good to have a breakout.”

Along with those two, the Beavers also landing Harrison Garrett in eighth at 17:23, Jake Fenger in 10th at 17:26, and Drew Larabee in 12th at 17:29.

“It was partly training and I had a game plan that I stuck to and it worked out,” Collins explained of his solid day.

Sunset was solid too, thanks in great part to the 4-5 finishes of senior Colin Pettit and Mark Sussman, Pettit placing fourth in 17:10 and Sussman close behind in fifth at 17:11. The Apollos finished their regular season with a 2-4 record, while the Cardinals ended at 1-5.

“It's getting there. We worked together and we did what we had to do,” Pettit said.

“It's just running together; that's our main thing,” Sussman added. “Especially in the first part, we had five right at the front.”

Joining those two for the Apollos were Brian Opp (ninth at 17:25), Ethan Ayers (11th at 17:27) and Aaron Larson (16th at 17:36).

“We got close to Beaverton, which was the main goal, and I think we closed the gap back on Lincoln from the first time we faced them,” Pettit said. “The Metro League's definitely competitive.”

The Metro district meet was held yesterday after the Valley Times' press deadline. The top two team finishers there won berths to the Class 6A state meet, set for 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Lane Community College.

To see a complete photo gallery from this meet, please go to milesvance.exposuremanager.com.