By Piedad Carrera and Teresa Schatz
On Saturday, September 26, the PHS Cross Country team traveled five hours to Portland to compete in Nike Portland XC. This meet marks the 36th year of Nike Portland XC (formally known as Nike Pre-Nationals). The PHS Cross Country team has now been to ten Nike Portland meets!
They had a race up at the coast in Brookings and recently did a workout at Crater Lake. This year, the goal for both teams is to qualify for the State Championship. From the way this team’s been preparing, they won’t have a problem achieving this goal!
Last year, the girls’ team won the Oregon State Championships and the boys’ team finished as runner-up at State. This year at the Nike Portland XC event, the PHS Cross Country team placed 12th in the men’s 5,000 meter and 14th in the women’s 5,000 meter in the official team scores.
Our men’s and women’s teams both competed in the 5000 meter race. Both teams fought their hardest and succeeded with Robert Vos placing 17th, Emma Amundsen placing 8th, and Danielle Jantzer placing 19th in their divisions.
Earlier in Brookings, Robert Vos placed 3rd and Jacob Bergren placed 5th in the men’s 5K. On the PHS girls’ team, Emma Amundsen placed 1st and Shayla Potratz placed 12th in the women’s race. Also at the Brooking’s meet, Phoenix placed 1st in the official team scores in the men’s division.
Their most recent meet was the Oxford Classic on October 2 in Bend.