On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Cedarcrest High School cross country squad competed at the Nike Portland meet, held at the Portland Meadows horse racing venue. Racers run on the grass infield of the racetrack, a new adventure for the team, said coach Bruce McDowell.
“We challenged our varsity squads today by running them ‘up a division,’” McDowell said. Varsity ran in Division 1 instead of Division 2.
The girls team finished 18th of 30 teams, and the top Cedarcrest varsity girl was Elsie Dombek, taking 20th.
The boys team finished 23rd of 30.
“That was without Grant Van Valkenburg who ran as an individual in the Danner Championship race,” said McDowell. Van Valkenburg finished 30th overall in his race.
Athletes of the meet were Emmett Klaiber, breaking the 17-minute barrier; Riley Humes; Connor Eck; John Meier; Alicia Krivanek and Ellie Hegewald.