La Salle Prep photo
The La Salle Prep cross country team hopes to be on the medal stand again in 2012.
La Salle Prep photo
The La Salle Prep cross country team hopes to be on the medal stand again in 2012.
Blanchet girls cross country
SALEM — The girls cross country team from Blanchet fought for 10th place at the state meet in 2011 and aims to improve on that this year.
Danielle Wise, District 3 Coach of the Year, has coached a number of different sports for the Cavaliers. Wise believes sports are important for what they teach athletes. "Athletic talent is God-given and using that ability is one way in which we glorify God by saying 'thank you,'" she explains. Wise wants to help the athletes embrace a love for running and build confidence in their ability to work hard. She also wants them to be grateful for their talent.
Wise also serves as campus minister and teaches anatomy and religion.

Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m. Cascade High
Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m. Silver Creek Falls State Park
Sept. 21, 4 p.m. Cape Kiwanda - Pacific City
Sept. 25, 4 p.m. Jefferson High School
Sept. 29, TBD Portland Meadows
Oct. 4, 4 p.m. Stayton Middle School
Oct. 6, TBD Bryant Park
Oct. 11, 4 p.m. Chemawa Invitational
Oct. 18, 2 p.m. Bush Park
Oct. 25, 2 p.m. Bush Park District Meet
Central Catholic cross country
After an encouraging 2011 campaign that saw a young Central Catholic squad garner a second place finish at the state meet, this year’s boys cross-country team is optimistic. With last year’s top 12 runners returning, the 2012 Ram harriers are aiming for their sixth state title in the last decade and aspire to a third trip to the Nike Cross Nationals. A number of folks have the team ranked in the top 20 nationally in pre-season polls.
A year ago, the Rams’ top seven consisted of three freshmen, two sophomores, and two juniors, while four more freshmen finished in the top nine overall at the Mount Hood Conference junior varsity district meet.
The Rams will be led by defending individual state champ, junior Kyle Thompson.  Thompson is the first sophomore to win the title since South Eugene’s legendary Bill McChesney in 1974.
Seniors Jordan Landstrom and Andrew Green, junior Dante Dalla Gasperina, and sophomores Sam Truax, Sam Lomax, and Jean Baptiste Tooley are also returning after strong performances at last year’s state meet.
This year’s team carries depth not seen since 2006, when Central Catholic’s team boasted 11 athletes under 17 minutes – with another two under 17:15. The 2012 team hopes to challenge those marks. Sophomores Gunnar Vik (JV district champion in 2011), Riley McCammon, Matt Hart, and Harry Stewart, along with seniors Chris Hart and Carl Sonnenschein will add to the depth. All have their sights set on a varsity spot.  Incoming frosh Daniel Thompson, Zack Lavier, and Jackson Frank should also have an impact this year.
The Central Catholic girls cross country team returns in 2012 with what coaches say may be the largest contingent of talented runners in its history. The team will be lead by returning OSAA State Meet participants senior Maggie Riley and junior Julia Stevenson.
Central Catholic uses a team leadership approach with guidance coming from seniors Riley, Leighton Murphy, Bryn Walsh, Elise Francis (also student body president) and junior Justine Keller.
The team has grown from 17 athletes in 2011 to 32 athletes in 2012, and includes eight freshmen. The team recently returned from training camp at McKenzie Bridge, where they logged trail miles and track training. The team has goal of racing at the OSAA State Meet and finishing in the first or second position within the Mount Hood Conference.
Coach John Mulligan says that in addition to league meets, there is an exciting schedule of competitive races leading up to the state qualifying meet.
“It looks to be a great season of running and racing for the Lady Rams Cross Country Team,” says Mulligan.
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Sept. 12 – MHC/TRL Crossover Meet
Sept. 14  – Pier Park Invite, Pier Park
Sept. 19 – MHC/TRL Meet, Lake Oswego HS
Sept. 29 – Nike Pre Nationals, Portland Meadows Race Track
Oct. 3 – MHC/TRL Meet, Mary S. Young State Park, West Linn
Oct. 4 – Trojan Relays, Trojan Nuclear Park, Rainier
Oct. 10 – MHC/TRL Meet, Fernhill Park
Oct. 13 – Serra HS Crystal Springs Invite, Belmont, Calif.
Oct. 24 – MHC District Meet, Centennial HS

Jesuit Cross Country  
With 13 cross-country state titles and 20 league titles in the past decade, Jesuit High's harriers have established themselves as yearly contenders at the Metro League and State levels.
Longtime head coach Tom Rothenberger says 2012 should be another year where the Jesuit runners — boys and girls — are very competitive.
Turnout for the team will be similar to the past five years — 145 to 180 runners. More than 60 freshmen will participate.
The women’s team will be led by five returning state meet competitors — seniors Megan Mullaney and Lindsay Sheaffer, junior Taylor Moscoe and sophomores Dylan Hite and Zani Moore. Other runners who may impact the varsity team include seniors Katie Arndorfer and Molly Hagler junior Colleen Sullivan, sophomores Ellie Kallgren and Jillian Rix and freshman Katie Leavy.
The 2012 edition of the Jesuit men’s team will be led by several returning state meet competitors and a host of talented runners trying to make the varsity squad.
Returning state meet runners are seniors Hunter McGuirk, Brian McDavitt, Alex Joseph, Josh Sealand and junior Sam Remington. Others challenging for top spots include seniors Matt Piercy, Patrick Doherty and Connor McWeeney, sophomores Spencer Grant and Liam Keaney and freshman Tyler O’Donnell.

Sept. 7, Bill Chapman Invitational
Sept. 8, Tracy Walters Invitational
Sept. 14, Pier Park Invite
Sept. 22, Northwest Classic
Sept. 29, Nike Pre-Nationals
Sept. 29, Stanford Invitational
Oct. 3, Lincoln, Aloha, Jesuit at Sunset
Oct. 10, Beaverton, Jesuit at Aloha
Oct. 17, Southridge, Westview & Aloha at Jesuit
Oct. 24, Metro League Championship
Nov. 3, Oregon State Championships
Nov. 10, NXN Northwest Regional Championships
Nov. 17, Border Clash 14
Dec. 1, National Championships

La Salle cross country
MILWAUKIE — After ending last season with a historic double podium finish at State, the Falcon boys and girls cross country teams are looking forward to defending their conference championship in cross country and a return to the medal stand at state.
On the boys’ side, La Salle will be seeking their 7th conference championship in a row, one of the longest streaks in the Tri-Valley. After winning for the first time in years in 2011, the girls are hoping to hold off strong Molalla for the repeat. At the state level, the boys have a string of three podium finishes in a row but look to climb higher, into the top two, this year. The girls reversed a decade-long drought by finishing fourth at state. They hope for an even higher finish this season.
Senior boys Patrick Walsh, Nick Lien, Kirk Dettmer, Nolan Bollier are joined by juniors Logan Veasy, Will Thompson, Colton Passmore as the top returning runners. The girls team will be led by seniors Kelsey Cathcart, Morgan Tholl, Hannah Hildreth, Madeleine Ogard, Nicole Scott and juniors Lilly Bengtson and Alice Marin. In looking at the upcoming season co-coach Brian Devine said, “We are looking to build upon our past success and continue to set a solid foundation for the cross country program.”

Sept. 6, 4:30 p.m. Cascade Invitational at Cascade High School
Sept. 15, 10 a.m. Saxon Invite at Bush's Pasture Park
Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. Northwest Classic at Lane Community College
Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. Paul Mariman Invitational at Philomath High School
Oct. 13, noon Concordia XC Classic at Fernhill Park
Oct. 24, 2 p.m. Tri-Valley District Championships at McIver State Park

Marist cross country
The Marist girls cross country team is aiming to inch up the podium in 2012, having taken third in the 5A state championships last year and winning their fifth consecutive district title.  
The team returns three of the girls from last year's 3rd place state team: senior Monica Anderson (defending district champ), senior Molly Bohrer and sophomore Anne Yates.
The Spartan boys were 12th in state in 2011. The boys team looks to battle for the district title, and return to the state meet for a third year in a row. Senior Zach Silva, junior Garrett Stollar and sophomore Truett Hanes are returners from last year's state team. The team will also get a boost with the addition of junior J.P. Kiefer, who was the district champion in track last spring at the 3000 meters.

Sept. 7, Marist XC Invite
Sept. 15, Molalla Invitational
Sept. 22, Northwest Classic
Sept. 28, Marist Halftime Mile
Oct. 3, Star City XClassic
Oct. 6, Gresham Cross Country Classic
Oct. 13, Adidas XC Classic
Oct. 17, Country Fair Classic
Oct. 24, Midwestern League Championships
Regis cross-country
STAYTON — The Regis cross country team returns runners from a girls team that finished third at the district meet in 2011. Leading the way is senior Hannah Scrocca,  a three-year varsity runner. Scrocca had a standout track season and is looking forward to a promising senior year in cross country.
Joining her is another three-year varsity runner, senior Micole Heater, plus junior Jodi May, and sophomore Erica Stuckart. Others who should help the team this year are Erica Csintalin, Janie Lonergan, Sarah Tabor, Emily Warren, Brianna Martinez, Belle Westenhouse, Faith Nusom and Camille Howe.
The boys return seniors Liam Silbernagel and John Sampson, standout junior David Haren, sophomores Taylor Hill, Jacob Adams, Mark Sampson and Ben Parker.
“The emphasis on Regis cross country is to run, get into great shape, create some memories, and have some fun along the way," says Mike Bauer, the coach. "The year is full of promise for all of these goals to occur.”

Sept. 6: 4 p.m. Cascade Invitational
Sept. 12: 4 p.m. Silver Falls Invitational
Sept. 19: 4 p.m. Sisters Invitational
Sept. 22: 10 a.m. Seaside Invitational
Sept. 25: 4 p.m. Jefferson Invitational
Oct. 4: 4 p.m. Regis Invitational
Oct. 6: 10 a.m. Bryant Park Invitational
Oct. 11: 4 p.m. Chemawa Invitational
Oct. 18: TBA Tri-River/PacWest Challenge
Oct. 25: District meet

St. Mary's Academy cross country
The St. Mary's Academy cross-country team last year went undefeated to win its 10th consecutive Mount Hood Conference title, and then-sophomore Paige Rice clinched the school’s first-ever individual Oregon School Activities Association state cross-country title. Overall, the team finished fifth at OSAA’s 6A state meet. Later in the year, St. Mary’s went on to win its first OSAA 6A State Track and Field Championship.
Head Coach Mike Bojorquez is excited for the upcoming season. The team is starting from an enviably strong position, and he hopes only to improve. He’d like to see the team place in the top four at state, and for Rice to defend her state title.
“We had a strong summer of training, and we’re ready to start the season and have a good year,” said Bojorquez, now in his 18th year at St. Mary’s. Bojorquez has been named conference coach of the year for cross country eight times in the past 10 years.
Rice, now entering her junior year, is equally optimistic.
“I am really excited to see where this season takes us," she says. "The girls have put in a solid summer of training, and … the team is really beginning to take form. If all goes well, and we stay healthy and focused, we should be in contention for a spot on the OSAA podium in November.”  
Rice’s individual goals mirror her ambitions for the team.
“Since I will be returning after a victory in 2011, I would love to be able to come back and defend my title," she says. "Yet, with a state as competitive as Oregon, there are surely no guarantees; it's about training hard and showing up 100 percent when race day comes.”
Returning cross country athletes are Anya Barnett, Clarice Beasley, Isabelle Berry, Jenny Blackerby, Sophia Cantwell, Ursula Clausing-Hufford, Clare Collins, Sophia DeLeonibus, Caroline Demaree, Abby Diess, Iris Dowd, Claire FitzGerald, Melissa Godshalk, Tara Johnson, Sophie Kurschner, Sarah Madison, Molly McCullough, Ally Mueller, Catherine Murphy, Grace Newsom, Lucy O'Sullivan, Ellen Patterson, Xiao Pfohman, Laura Place, Celeste Raymond, Sammi Redder, Paige Rice, Elizabeth Shaw, McKenzie Vanko, Katie Welgan.

Sept. 8, Tracy Walters Invitational
Sept. 12, TRL/MHC Crossover Meet
Sept. 19, at Lake Oswego
Sept. 22, Northwest Classic
Sept. 29, Nike Pre-Nationals
Oct. 3, at Lakeridge
Oct. 10, at Grant
Oct. 17, at Westmoreland Park
Oct. 24, Mount Hood Conference district meet

Valley Catholic cross country  
BEAVERTON — The boys cross country team at Valley Catholic hopes to reload this fall after a historic season in 2011. Oregon 3A coach of the year Tommy Manning saw five of the top seven runners from last year’s district and 3A state championship team graduate this past June.  This season the Valiants will be led by junior Cooper Roach. Sophomore Wilder Boyden, a soccer and cross country athlete, and juniors Sean Hilken and Chris Wright, who were some of the top JV runners in the district last year, will join Roach.  Sophomore Nathaniel Trobough and senior Andrew Folino also have the potential to add depth to the Valiants' roster.
Among the girls, a veteran team has Valley Catholic excited for 2012. Head Coach Eric Berge and the Valiant girls cross country team return almost their entire roster after a stellar season in 2011, including a district championship. The Valiants will be led by seniors Josephine and Sophia Chau and juniors Annika Holstrom, Grace Mannen, Morgan McDougal and Karina Jaroch. Sophomore Fiona Walker and incoming freshman Marcela Jaroch could potentially play a role in helping the Valiants defend their 2011 district title. The Valiants should be one of the strongest teams in the state this fall, coaches say.

Sept. 10, 4 p.m. Pre-districts at Tualatin Hills
Sept. 15, 10 a.m. New Balance Festival of Champions
Sept. 22, 11:30 a.m. Northwest Classic     
Sept. 27, 5 p.m. SW Christian Invitational
Sept. 29, 9:45 a.m. Nike Pre-Nationals     
Oct. 5, noon  Oxford Classic     
Oct. 13, 12:45 p.m. Warner Pacific Open
Oct. 19, 4 p.m. Valiant Invitational     
Oct. 25, 3 p.m. Cross Country Districts at Tualatin Hills