Central Catholic photo
The Ram boys celebrate 6A cross country title.
Central Catholic photo
The Ram boys celebrate 6A cross country title.
EUGENE — The boys from Central Catholic claimed the 6A Oregon cross country championship, while the girls from La Salle Prep took home the 4A title.

Led by junior Kyle Thompson’s third-place finish, Central Catholic had six runners finish in the top 25 Nov. 3 at Lane Community College. The championship is the Rams' sixth all-time and first since 2009.

Central Catholic finished with 52 points, out-distancing second-place Jesuit with 76. North Medford was third with 85 points, followed by Sheldon (127) in fourth and Lakeridge (148) in fifth.

Thompson, who entered the race as the defending 6A individual champion, finished the 5,000-meter course in 15 minutes and 54 seconds, 14 seconds behind Sheldon senior Jackson Darland. Beaverton senior Dan Oekerman was second with a time of 15:48.

Sophomore Sam Lomax was the second Ram runner to cross the finish line, finishing 11th in a time of 16:20.  

Sophomore Jean-Baptiste Tooley finished 15th and junior Dante Dalla Gasperina in 17th. The Rams’ fifth and final scoring runner, freshman Daniel Thompson, placed 23rd overall. Also competing for the Rams were sophomore Sam Truax, placing 24th, and senior Jordan Landstrom, finishing 36th.

The girls of La Salle Prep included Carly Veasy, Kelsey Cathcart, Morgan Tholl, Olivia Ogard, Hannah Hildreth, Madeleine Ogard and Nicole Scott.

Five La Salle runners made the top 20, scoring 54 points. That was enough to out-do second-place Klamath Union by 16. La Salle's top runner was freshman Carly Veasy in sixth place.

"I tried to stay up with her as long as I could but she pulled away in the last mile," Cathcart told the Oregonian after her 15th-place finish. "Every girl on our team took a step up today and put everything into this race."

Back in 6A boys action, the second-place Jesuit team was made up of Alex Joseph, Josh Sealand, Sam Remington, Matt Piercy, Brian McDavitt, Hunter McGuirk and Michael Godbout.

In the 6A girls race, St. Mary’s Academy took second, represented by seniors Ellen Patterson and Celeste Raymond, junior Paige Rice, sophomores Molly McCullough and Lucy O’Sullivan and freshmen Lacey Conner and Kate Patterson.

Individually, Rice finished fifth, Ellen Patterson finished 10th and Conner finished 15th.

“I am very proud of our team. To go from fifth place last cross country season to second this year is a great accomplishment,” said Mike Bojorquez, head cross country and track coach and athletic project coordinator at St. Mary’s.  

Third in 6A went to the Jesuit girls, with a team made up of Ellie Kallgren, Megan Mullaney, Nicole McCollough, Taylor Moscoe, Lindsay Sheaffer and Katie Leavy. Placing second among boys and third in girls, the Crusaders had the best joint showing in the state.

Among 4A boys, La Salle Prep was third with a team of Will Thompson, Logan Veasy, Colton Passmore, Nick Lien, Patrick Walsh, Davis Keeny and Kirk Dettmer.
Among 3A and smaller schools, Valley Catholic's boys placed second. The Valiants included Josephine Chau, Maricela Jaroch, Sophia Chau, Ermina Lee, Annika Holstrom, Grace Mannen and Kaitlyn Lomartire.