Cross Country

Highest point continues to run ahead: Girls crosscountry group wins thirteenth consecutive state crown

Curve, Ore. (KTVZ) – The main thing that evidently can stop the Summit young ladies crosscountry group from winning a state title has been a worldwide pandemic.

Young men and young ladies Head Coach Kari Strang told NewsChannel 21 on Monday, “It was hard last year, not having that chance. Since to us, it would be 14 at this point.”

In last year’s pandemic-changed spring season, there was no state title for Class 6A. It was additionally Strang’s first year as lead trainer.

“Particularly emerging from the COVID year, it’s been truly difficult for individuals to keep up with the enthusiasm and energy in sport,” she said.

At this present end of the week’s State Championship meet in Eugene, the Storm got right the last known point of interest, winning their thirteenth successive state title.

The group was driven by a group of four of top-10 finishers at the meet at Lane Community College: junior Ella Thorsett, senior Teaghan Knox, junior Barrett Justema and senior Magdalene Williams.

Justema said, “I sort of acknowledged everyone had their best races, and everyone ran with the hearts – and I didn’t understand until 20 minutes (after the race) that we might have won (the state title).”

Thorsett added, “I recall like going too far, seeing we had four young ladies in the best 10. I feel like I realized then that odds were we had won it.”

The 13 straight state titles is the second-most unsurpassed for any Oregon School Activities Association program, as per OSAA records, and the most over the top ever in any fall sport.

One year from now, the Storm will hope to tie the unsurpassed imprint, set by the David Douglas young ladies swimming club, which won 14 straight titles, from 1967 to 1981.

Strangely, the Storm young ladies crosscountry group broke a bind with the Summits young ladies olympic style events program, which won 12 straight state titles from 2007 to 2018.

“This is my first time in such a stalwart group, as it’s most certainly a change,” Thorsett said. “It’s an unheard of level of tension – however it’s a decent strain!”

She just moved to Summit, however flourishing under tension is something Justema concurred with: The strain they face is beneficial for them.

After a couple more post=season meets this fall, the pursuit will then, at that point, start for state title No. 14, and that record.

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