A year ago, the Enterprise girls cross country team recorded its highest finish in program history by taking second at the 3A/2A/1A state meet.
Now, the Outlaws are on top.
Behind a pair of top 10 finishes from Kyla Hook and Ellyse Tingelstad, Enterprise scored 63 points to claim its first state title Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Hook, the Outlaws’ freshman phenom, finished in seventh place while Tingelstad took 10th. Ella Coughlan and Ashley Wilson followed in 18th and 19th, and Eliza Irish came in 24th.
The Outlaws came in well ahead of local rival Union/Cove, which took second with 88 points. Michelle Herbes and Alisa Fox finished 11th and 12th to lead the Bobcats. Jaimee Baxter followed in 16th, Landrey Gaertner took 30th and Abriel O’Reilly finished 39th.
Rounding out the top five teams were Oregon Episcopal (90 points), Catlin Gabel (100) and Kennedy (123).
On the boys side, Union/Cove completed its dominant season with a dominant effort in the title race.
Alex Graffunder and Tim Stevens again went 1-2, and the Bobcats put five runners in the top 25 on their way to a blowout victory for the program’s seventh title.
Joining the frontrunners were Jeremy Baxter in ninth place, Jack Silveira in 15th and Andrew Lackey in 25th.
The result was a 42-point performance by the Bobcats, more than 80 points ahead of runner-up Bandon, which scored 124 points. Lakeview (129) was third.
The 42 points was the best score by a 3A/2A/1A school since Nyssa won the 2010 title with 41 points, and the 82-point victory is among the widest margins in state history.
In the 4A girls ranks, La Grande followed up last year’s second-place finish by taking third, scoring 111 points.
Maia Vandervlugt and Abby Crews led the Tigers in 16th and 18th place. Kendra Blake followed in 24th, Ashton Gilbert placed 38th and Anika Jacobson was 48th.
Tillamook ran away with the state title with 37 points. Scappoose took second, just ahead of the Tigers, with 108.
At the 4A boys level, Bennett Welch, the lone La Grande runner to make state, took 28th.
See complete coverage of the state cross country meet in the Nov. 6 edition of the Observer.