Oct. 20, 2018 — There were a lot of smiles during Thursday’s annual Run for the Brownies, a 3,000-meter run hosted by the Siuslaw High School cross country team at Florence Golf Links.
The run always falls in the week before districts, allowing runners to enjoy a more light-hearted event before racing for a league title — and a chance to reach state competition Nov. 3.
Along with Siuslaw, teams from Waldport, Pacific and Myrtle Point were on hand for the event, which begins and ends at the third hole on the golf course and includes a brownie for each participant.
All runners race at the same time, with finishes marked in order, regardless of gender. Team scoring is still kept according to girls and boys divisions, however, and in Thursday’s run both Siuslaw teams finished with a perfect score of 15.
Overall, Siuslaw junior Brendon Jensen had the day’s top time, crossing the finish in 9:54.0., becoming the first of 10 Viking boys team members to finish among the top 10.
Sophomore Ryan Jennings was second (10:16), followed by junior Jonah Jarman in third (10:25), Gold Beach senior Brycen Pitchford (10:32), Siuslaw junior Jared Northrop (10:41), freshman Chad Hughes (10:42), junior Kiger Johnson (10:48), senior Robert Mans (10:54) and sophomore Jaxson Jensen in ninth place at 11:01.
Overall, Siuslaw placed first, Myrtle Point was a distant second (67), followed by Waldport (72) and Pacific (92).
Leading the girls was Siuslaw junior Hannah Rannow, who ran a 3K time of 11:04 for 11th overall.
Rannow was the first of six Siuslaw runners to cross the finish in succession, completing a sweep of the top six girls division spots.
Sophmore Brea Blankenship was second for Siuslaw in 11:23, followed by freshman Rylee Colton (11:46), junior Anne Wartnik (11:47), junior Chloe Madden (11:54) and sophomore Gracie Freudenthal (11:56.)
The Siuslaw girls also finished 37th through 42nd, beginning with senior Naomi Shoji (12:51) and continuing with senior Angela Bartlett (13:28), senior Davina Galli (13:29) and junior Bryn Clement (13:30.)
Siuslaw placed first overall with 15 points. Waldport was second (51) and Pacific was third (74). Myrtle Point did not field a girls team.
The Vikings will spend the next five days preparing for Thursday's district meet, which will be held at Lane Community College in Eugene.
The varsity girls race will start at noon, followed by the boys race at 12:45.