Siuslaw sets eyes on district titles


(Photo by Rob Griffes)

Nine out of 10 Siuslaw runners had personal records during Saturday’s George Fox Cross Country Classic, which was held just north of Salem at Willamette State Park.

For the girls, all five of Siuslaw’s top finishers did so in record time, beginning with sophomore Hannah Rannow, who also clocked the Far West League’s fastest time this season at 19 minutes, 13.15 seconds.

Meanwhile, freshman Brea Blankenship came in with the league’s third-fastest time of the season and a PR with a time of 20:05.43.

The Lady Vikings’ three remaining top five finishers on Saturday all set personal bests, including sophomores Chloe Madden (20:57.32) and Anne Wartnik (21:10.00) and freshman Gracie Freudenthal (21:16.93), to help Siuslaw place third overall in a field that included all divisions.

Out of 14 teams, 6A North Salem won the team trophy, followed by 5A Hermiston, Siuslaw and 5A Churchill in fourth place.

In the boys division, Siuslaw finished fifth out of 17 schools in the silver division, where sophomore Brandon Jensen led the Vikings with a PR time of 16:45.91.

Senior Isaac Griffes finished with a PR time of 16:47.35, followed by sophomores Jonah Jarman with a personal best (17:17.65) and Kiger Johnson (17:44.95) and senior Jordan Northrop with a PR of 17:58.97.

Considering that Jensen, and Griffes hold the top two fastest times in the Far West League, and Jarman shares the third-fastest time with Zachary Abblitt of Brookings-Harbor, the Vikings are looking to bring home the Far West League crown at next week’s district meet (Oct. 26.)

This Thursday, Siuslaw will host the annual Run for the brownies at Sandpines Golf Links, beginning at 4 p.m.

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