O’Reilly paces Union runners
PENDLETON — Katriel O’Reilly led Union/Cove on a dominant performance in the 3A/2A/1A district race that scored just 24 points and put all five of their scorers among the top 13 runners.
Vale edged Enterprise for second place by just one point in the team standings — 72 to 73. That earned the Lady Vikings a trip to the state meet as a team.
Burns finished fourth with 102 points, while Umatilla was fifth with 110 points. Neither Weston-McEwen, Monument, Elgin, Arlington, Nyssa or Nixyaawii had enough runners to score as a team in the race.
O’Reilly was the only runner to break 20 minutes in the race, crossing the line in 19:44.03 for the 5,000-meter course.
McKenzie Evans made it a one-two scoring punch when she came in second, 20 seconds later with a time of 20:04.26.
Burns’ Madison Winn broke up a chance for Union to sweep the top three spots when she beat Union sophomore Stormy Bullard to the line by just five seconds. Winn finished in 20:37.94, while Bullard was clocked at 20:42.64 when she came in fourth.
Weston-McEwen freshman Elizabeth Herbes placed fifth (20:57.88), while Hannah Graf of Enterprise came in sixth with a time of 21:16.96.
Nyssa junior Fabiola Sanchez placed seventh in 21:28.10, while Madelyn Gunderson of Burns beat out Lynn Shoemaker of Union at the finish line in a battle for eighth place overall. Gunderson got eight in 21:35.65, while Shoemaker was ninth in 21:35.93.
Vale sophomore Kimber Hawkins came in 10th with a time of 21:36.20, leading Umatilla’s Berenice Chavez (11th, 21:37.12) and Monument’s Maya Thomas (12th, 21:39.07) across the line.
Elly Wells ended the Union scoring when she finished 13th in 21:43.01, just ahead of teammates Hannah Brazil (14th, 21:43.43) and freshman Sarah Brazil (15th, 21:50.55).
“Katriel and McKenzie both ran soilid races. We put four girls in the top 10,” Union/Cove coach Steve Sheehy said. “Our 5-6-7 runners (Elly, Hannah and Sarah) all ran solid races. They sealed the district championship for us.
“This was Katriel’s third individual district title. She won in her freshman and sophomore years also,” the coach added. McKenzie finished second for the second straight year and Stormy was fourth for the second time in a row at the district meet, Sheehy said.
After Union’s seven runners all finished in the top 15, the other teams began their battle for second place.
According to the information posted on athletic.net by the meet director, Vale finished with 72-73 edge over Enterprise.
Vale had Kimber Hawkins take 10th, then followed that with Daphne Mattos (16th, 21:59.55), Cecily Froerer (17th, 22:00), Megan Williams (23rd, 22:27) and Kami Hawkins (26th, 22:41.37) to round out the Viking scorers.
Graf leads Enterprise
Enterprise was led by Graf in sixth overall, followed by freshmen Natalie Reimer (18th, 22:00.70) and Dawn Mist Movich Field (19th, 22:11.08), while senior Linsey Van Doozer was 20th (22:13.32) and Zoe Mathias finished 28th overall with a time of 23:01.3. Whitney Reimer (32nd, 23:06.27) and Parker Spear (33rd, 23:09.97) rounded out the Outlaw varsity.
Stafford leads Elgin
Amanda Stafford led the Elgin runners, taking 21st place with a time of 22:14.03, while her teammate Emily Schmittle followed in 25th (22:34.10), just ahead of Autumn Wheeling (27th, 22:51.11). Freshman Janice Gawith placed 61st (27:25.73), but Elgin/Imbler didn’t field a fifth runner to score as a team in the race.