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Apollos finish strong in regular-season finale


Sunset is second in the regular season after another strong race

PORTLAND — The Apollos are gearing up.

The Sunset girls cross country team, battling against Beaverton and Lincoln at Pier Park on Oct. 17, put a cap on its successful 2012 Metro League season by beating Beaverton 15-48. That win gave the Apollos a 5-1 Metro record and sole possession of second place, as well as hopes for even greater things ahead.

by: MILES VANCE - HOME STRETCH - Sunset's Charlotte Corless (left) and teammate Nicole Griffiths (center) went 1-2 in their team’s Metro League season finale at Pier Park last week.

“It was definitely a good day for the team today. I hope it prepared everybody,” said Sunset junior Charlotte Corless, the day’s individual champion with a finishing time of 19 minutes, 12 seconds for the 5-kilometer course. “We are hoping for our whole team to make it to state.”

“We stuck to the plan, to run two laps as a team, and then to catch (Lincoln’s top runner) at the end,” added Sunset freshman Nicole Griffiths, the runner-up at 19:15. “We did a good job of it.”

The Apollos and the rest of the Metro League raced through the annual district cross country meet yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times’ press deadline. The top two team finishers there won berths to the Class 6A state meet, set for 2:25 p.m. Nov. 3 at Lane Community College.

Joining Corless and Griffiths in Sunset’s top five were Tori Hensley (fourth at 20:18), Amanda Calderwood (sixth at 20:38 and Maika Thiringer (10th at 21:03).

“It was good,” Corless said. “We stayed in our pack for almost the first two laps, then we saw Lincoln getting a little bit ahead so we took off.”

“It’s really fun when all of us run together, and it worked really well today,” Griffiths added.

The Beavers, meanwhile, ran without team leader Erin Gregoire and dropped the other of the day’s two dual meets, falling 15-44 to Lincoln and ending the regular season at 0-6. Nonetheless, Beaverton knew that it had given its all.

“Coach (Jim) Crawford told us he didn’t care so much about winning today,” said Beaverton senior Corinne Murray, the team’s top finisher in 12th place. “He was looking for effort, and as long as we put as much effort into it as we can, he’ll be happy with how we do.”

Murray was well placed to finish even higher, sticking with the lead pack for the first two-thirds of the race before being slowed by a side stitch.

“I’m feeling a little disappointed because I was keeping up with the front pack and then I got a side stitch and had to drop back,” said Murray, who finished at 21:09. “I was feeling good and like I could have kept up with them.”

Joining her in Beaverton’s top-five finishers were Emma Bowder (14th at 21:29), Olivia Niosi (16th at 21:53), Meghan McGarry (17th at 21:58) and Jessie Hansen (18th at 22:03).

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