9/4/2013 12:15:00 PM St. Mary's Academy Cross Country
St. Mary’s Acacdemy photo
St. Mary’s runners pose after taking second in 6A state meet last year.
St. Mary’s Blues’ Cross Country Schedule:
Sept. 10: 4 p.m. Three Rivers Crossover, Fernhill Park Sept. 13: 4 p.m. Crusader Invitational, Pier Park Sept. 18: 4 p.m. Gresham/Lakeridge/Clackamas/Grant, at Grant Park Sept. 21: 12:30 p.m. NW XC Classic, Lane Community College Sept. 28: 10 a.m. Stanford Invitational, Palo Alto, Calif. Oct. 2: 4 p.m. Barlow/West Linn/Lakeridge/Canby, at Canby High School Oct. 9: 4 p.m. Four-way meet, Westmoreland Park Oct. 16: 4 p.m. David Douglas/Reynolds, at Reynolds High School
St. Mary’s is ready to defend its 11th consecutive Mount Hood Conference title and make a run for its second state championship. Last season, the Blues placed second at the OSAA 6A State Meet, losing by only two points.
St. Mary’s has a strong tradition in cross country and distance running.
The school hasn’t lost a dual meet since joining the MHC in 2002. Mike Bojorquez, the school’s head cross country and track coach, has a dual meet record of 111-8 since taking over the program in 1998.
The 2013 Blues cross country team will be led by seniors Chiara Chandlee, Grace Newsom, Paige Rice and Katie Welgan.
Rice has been the school’s top runner for the past three years and will be a contender for first place at conference and state championships. She won the individual girls’ cross country state championship title her sophomore year.
Last year she was named Mount Hood Conference Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year and made the Oregon Track & Cross Country Coaches Association’s All-State First Team.
Other runners to watch are juniors Abby Diess, Molly McCullough, Lucy O’Sullivan, Jillian Rix and Laura Votava.
The sophomore class will be represented by Lacey Conner and Kate Patterson.
Bojorquez is extremely pleased with the returning varsity group and knows that expectations are high.
“We feel that we are one of five teams that has a chance of winning the state title this year,” he said. “Our team knows this, and we accept the challenge,” he said.