Eagles harriers dominated at the Ultimook Invitational in Tilamook on Saturday, where both the boys and the girls teams took first overall in the 3.1-mile 5A-6A varsity races.
The HRV girls grabbed first after scoring 66 points, edging the Bainbridge Spartans, who came in second with 68 points; the Eagles also beat out 17 other teams to claim the top spot. The Eagles girls also smoked Columbia River Conference rival Hermiston, who landed in fourth with 143 points.
The HRV boys beat a total of 19 teams in their race, and the team’s 41 points gave the Eagles a big lead over second-place finisher Hermiston with 69 points.
“The course was a challenging 5K, which included two river crossings, a mud pit, and large hills,” said HRV coach Brandon Bertram, adding that “this was an impressive early season performance for the team and a huge confidence boost going into a challenging schedule this season.”
On the boys’ side, nobody was faster than senior captain Justin Crosswhite, who placed first both on HRV and in the race overall with a time of 16 minutes, 59.72 seconds. Crosswhite was one of four HRV runners in the top ten, including classmate and fellow captain Quinn Fetkenhour (fourth, 17:19.52), junior Jesse Wiley (fifth, 17:35.78, personal record) and junior Jacob Bromham (10th, 18:11).
Rounding out the boys’ field were sophomore Finn Peterson (21st, 18:55.46, PR), sophomore Elin Parker (58th, 20:28.44), sophomore Muir Emmons (81st, 21:26.98).
The HRV girls had three runners in the top 10. Junior Daisy Dolan took first for HRV and third overall with a time of 21:14.8, freshman Josie Peterson had an impressive fourth-place finish (21:16.08, PR), and captain Lauren Robinson, a senior, finished in seventh with a time of 21:38.33.
Other runners for HRV included sophomore Natalie Lapierre (27th, 24:09.75, PR), senior and captain Denali Emmons (28th, 24:15.66), senior Victoria Kohner-Flanagan (38th, 24:30.55, PR), and senior Sophia Marble (41st, 24:37.61).
The Eagles have a quick turn-around this week and will be hosting their only home meet of the season, the Skip Sparks Invitational, this afternoon. The invite begins with a 400 meter elementary K-2 race at 3 p.m., followed by a 1600-meter race for those in grades 3-5. Girls and boys middle school races (3K distance) start at 3:30 and 4 p.m., respectively. Varsity races (5K) will begin at 4:30 p.m. for the girls and at 5 p.m. for the boys; the meet will wrap up with JV girls and boys races at 5:30 and 6 p.m., respectively.