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Determined Pierce earns a state berth

The Bowmen teams take third at the NWOC district meet


FAIRVIEW — Well, it would be hard for anyone to accuse Ryan Pierce of not giving it everything he had.

And, maybe because of that, he earned a trip to the Class 5A state cross country championships.

Pierce, a Sherwood High School junior, claimed his spot at the state meet by running to fifth place at the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet, held Oct. 23 at Blue Lake Park.

The top two teams and top five individuals from each varsity race at the district meet, advance to Class 5A state meet, which will be held Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

For most of last week’s boys varsity race at the NWOC district meet, Pierce ran in third place, not far behind pace-setters Isaac Mitchell of Sandy and Michael Francy of Liberty.

But, as he entered the home stretch nearing the finish line, it became apparent that Pierce was running out of energy.

He stumbled and fell, allowing Bryan Strang of St. Helens and Josh Meyer of Wilsonville to pass him. But, with a state-meet berth on the line, Pierce got up, stumbled again and then collapsed as he crossed the finish line.by: DAN BROOD - STRIDING OUT -- Sherwood High School junior Ryan Pierce keeps up the pace at last week's NWOC district cross country meet.

Pierce ended up placing fifth in a time of 17 minutes, 15.8 seconds for the 5,000-meter race.

The Sherwood boys ended up finishing in third place in the team standings for the event with 74 points.

Senior Olsen Cottle had a strong race for the Bowmen, as he finished 10th in a time of 18:10.1. Sherwood junior Joshua Moats wasn’t far behind in 13th place with a mark of 18:16.3. Also for the Bowmen, junior Connor McLaughlin was 21st at 18:30.1, sophomore Ryan Chidlaw was 25th at 18:37.1 and Andrew Peters was 42nd at 19:41.5.

Mitchell won the boys race in a time of 16:27.6. Wilsonville won the boys team title with a score of 49 and Liberty was second at 65.

Sherwood finished in third place in the team standings of the highly-competitive girls competition with 58 points. Sandy placed first with a score of 41 and Wilsonville was second at 44.

“It wasn’t our best race,” Sherwood junior Sam Mckibbon said.

“We’re usually in a big pack,” Sherwood junior Bridgett Palmer said.

“We didn’t get the places we wanted,” Sherwood junior Madison Budge added.

Budge led the way for the Lady Bowmen at the district meet. She placed seventh in a time of 21:20.8. Sherwood senior Samantha Stewart was right behind her in eighth place at 21:21.4 and Mckibbon was ninth at 21:28.8.

Also for the Lady Bowmen, Palmer was 14th at 22:00.2, junior Morgan Lite was 21st at 22:34.0, junior Molly Fettig was 26th at 22:57.4 and senior Avery Rosenbalm was 37th at 24:22.3.

Wilsonville senior Taryn Rawlings won the varsity girls district race in a time of 19:38.0

The girls race at Saturday’s Class 5A state meet is set to start at 1:15 p.m. with the boys race to follow at 1:50 p.m.



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