The cross country teams from Marshfield, Bandon and Siuslaw got to compete against several of the state’s best during the Ash Creek Festival in Monmouth on Saturday.
The top South Coast finisher was Marshfield junior Alex Garcia-Silver, who finished ninth in the elite boys race behind eight runners from Class 6A schools.
Garcia-Silver, who ran for North Bend earlier in his high school career, crossed the finish line in 15 minutes and 36 seconds for the 5,000-meter race. Tualatin’s Caleb Lakeman won the race in 14:58.
Siuslaw had two runners in the top 41 and was the highest-placing South Coast school. Chad Hughes was 38th (16:29) and Samuel Ulrich 41st (16:33) for the Vikings.
Jesuit won the team race with 40 points. Siuslaw was 11th (363), Bandon 15th (494) and Marshfield 17th (537).
Ansen Converse led Bandon by placing 75th (17:36) and Patton Clark was 78th (17:39). Jacob Calvert was Marshfield’s second runner, finishing 112th (18:13).
There were 32 complete boys teams.
Summit edged Jesuit for the girls title, with the Storm scoring 43 points and the Crusaders 47. Siuslaw was 18th (424) and Bandon 19th (428).
Suislaw’s Rylee Colton was the first South Coast finisher, placing 57th (20:56). Bandon’s Holly Hutton was 76th (21:39) and teammate Dani McLain was 87th (22:09). Marshfield’s Bailey Wallack was 82nd (22:00).
Jesuit’s Chloe Forrester was the individual winner, crossing the line in 17:24.
REEDSPORT SECOND: Reedsport’s girls had a complete team for the first time in recent years while finishing second in the Battle of the Gap at Oakland High School on Wednesday.
Natalie Hammond finished second in the four-school meet, covering the 3,000-meter course in 14 minutes and 11 seconds. Summer Smith was fourth (16:41). Oakland, led by individual winner Callie Sarnoski (13:39) won the team race.
Freshman Clayton Wilson was second in the boys race for Reedsport, finishing in 12:21, 13 seconds behind Viggo Beck of Triangle Lake.
PRE RACE CANCELED: Most of the South Coast teams had been scheduled to participate in the high school portion of the Prefontaine Memorial Run on Saturday, but that event has been canceled.