UNION – Cross country runners competing in the Catherine Creek Scamper got down to the nitty-gritty – and the downright mucky.
“The course has a notorious mud hole where shoes get sucked off feet and disappear,” said Grant Union head coach Sonna Smith. “Both races ran through it twice. The middle school 2.5K course was flat and on grass through the park, while the high school 5K climbed and descended on forest trails, crossing Catherine Creek twice.”
From Grant County, Grant Union, led by head coach Sonna Smith, had junior varsity, junior high and middle school teams, and Monument, led by Chuck Thomas, brought a junior high and middle school team.
Highlights for Grant Union include eighth-graders Tanner Elliot and Walker Joslin placing first and second, respectively, in the junior high race.
All high school runners competed with the junior varsity.
With 12 teams and 50 runners, Sam Bentz placed 23rd and Trejan Speth, 28th, for the boys junior varsity team.
Competing with 39 runners, Hannah Deming placed 19th; Kaylyn Joslin, 26th; and Babe Nash, 37th, for the girls.
For Monument’s middle school team, sixth-grader Mark Thomas placed second.
Grant Union’s athletes will run in the Hilton Half, which includes the choice of a 5K or half marathon, at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Seventh Street Complex in John Day.
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Grant Union junior varsity results, 5K
37th Kelsey Long 32:00.3
39th Kaylyn Joslin 34:53.2
46th Babe Nash 39:19.6
46th Trejan Speth 22:25.8
61st Michael Ashmead 23:55.0
2,500 Meters Middle School (grades 5-8)
2nd Tanner Elliott 9:35.9
8th Walker Joslin 10:25.6
25th Cody Combs 12:03.4
26th Bo Olson 12:04.9
12th Mark Thomas 10:37.8
12th Miranda Cook 11:59.5