Runners take off to begin the one-mile race at the Lostine River Run. Ben Shaw of Deer Park, Wash., won the race, while La Grande’s Andrew Lackey, Maia Vandervlugt and Taylor Fox finished second, third and fourth, respectively. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
Eastern Oregon grad Alma Crow wins 5k race
LOSTINE — Less than a year after giving birth to her daughter Riley, Eastern Oregon graduate Alma Crow emerged as the winner at the Lostine River Run 5k Saturday with a time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds.
“I was really nervous. I just wanted to place in the top 10,” Crow said.
Crow, a La Grande High School track coach, brought team members Elliott Jonnasson, who won the 10k in 35:21, and Todd Keniry was just behind him finishing at 35:29. Tim Vandervlugt, also of La Grande, placed third in 36:19.
“I was very excited,” Crow said. “I tried to stay with the kids, but I didn’t know what to expect. I love the course, it’s a great race. I liked the drive out to the start and it went by fast. It’s no wonder they’ve been doing this for 31 years.”
“We had good competition most of the race.” Jonasson said of the 10k.
Crow said the La Grande High School team is running many miles to prepare for the upcoming cross country season. Crow said the first meet is in Hermiston after school starts. The team had no seniors last year and missed going to state by two points.
“Overall, we have a very promising team,” Crow said.
Another Grande Ronde Valley team was represented in Lostine with Union’s Kathryn Sheehy, Elly Wells and Hannah Brazil of Cove. Wells was fourth overall and the second woman in the 5k with a time of 19:25 behind Harris Lackey of Cove, who finished in 19:04. Petra Evand of Joseph finished as the third woman in the 5k and sixth overall with a time of 19:56, coming in behind Robert Bondurant of Chimacum, Wash., who finished fifth in a time of 19:34.
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