HOOD RIVER — Both the boys and girls cross-country teams from HRV made impressive showings Wednesday at their only home meet of the season, the annual Skip Sparks Invitational.
On the heels of a second-place finish at the Sept. 6 Hermiston Invitational, the boys took first place out of five teams with 42 points. The girls also looked to be in midseason form, finishing second behind The Dalles with 56 points.
“This was a great home-meet performance,” said girls coach Kristen Uhler. “We only ran five in the varsity race because we want our freshmen to experience winning and racing at the front.”
Senior Christy Paul headed up the girls field with a solid early-season time of 18:24, and was followed by seniors Allison Byers (9th, 21:58) and Joyce Yang (17th, 23:44), and freshmen Brisa Jessup (18th, 23:50) and Janne Lucas (21st, 24:35).
“It’s going to take a little time to get Brisa, Janne and the other freshmen used to running with the seniors,” Paul said. “But they seem focused and should help us out a lot this year.”
In the boys race, sophomore No. 1 Alex Jimenez posted a blazing time of 16:52 to finish second overall, while senior co-captain Jon Gehrig posted an equally solid early-season time of 17:18 to take fifth overall.
Senior Eric Avila improved upon his Hermiston performance with a 17:51, good for ninth overall. Sophomore Jess Jennings finished fourth on the team and 12th overall with a time of 18:05, while junior Graham Hay took 14th overall with a time of 18:38.
Sophomore Matt Foster (20th, 19:01) and senior Jeff Fisher (23rd, 19:30) rounded out the varsity results.
Both JV teams also fared well on Wednesday, winning their divisions. Freshmen Jennifer Jeffries (2nd, 13:47) and Jenna Fisher (4th, 14:14) headed up the girls 3K field, while senior captain Hannah Kingrey finished seventh with a time of 14:40.
Freshman Christa Chandler continued her ascent with a 12th place finish and a time of 15:00. Juniors Chelsea Nance (15th, 15:15) and Caitlin Becker (16th, 15:23), and senior Lindsay Brown (19th, 15:38) rounded out the team’s top seven.
Heading up the boys JV 5K field were freshman Kevin Dye (3rd, 19:15), senior Joseph Broschart (4th, 19:52), and sophomore Chris Jennings (5th, 19:59). Juniors Mike Allen (7th, 20:08) and Brian Crosswhite (13th, 20:36) also had solid showings on the day.
Other notable finishes were Jon Wherry (16th, 20:47), Julio Lopez (17th, 20:55), Mike Kauffman (18th, 20:59) and Devon Dallas (21st, 21:16).