Dallas survives visit to Challenge

The cross country team is paced by Chelsea Wiens and Michael Ryan.

DALLAS -- Dallas' cross country team participated in the vaunted Trask Mountain Challenge on Oct. 4.

The Dragons last participated in the Challenge, perhaps the toughest cross country event in the state, two seasons ago. As always, the goal was more about surviving than winning.

"It was a blast," Dallas coach Monique Lankheet said. "They had about a mile-long run uphill. They had water. They had two places where you had to cross ankle-deep water, maybe more. They had mud-pits, water holes, the hole gamut.

"Our kids really liked it. It is a race, but because of how it's billed the kids take it as an opportunity to let down a little and have some fun. We had a few kids who really raced, but the rest just used it as a training run and had some fun."

Chelsea Wiens and Vita Picci-Dobson were the top finishers for the Dallas girls. The boys were paced by Michael Ryan and Joe Crawford.

Dallas will return to Pac-9 Conference competition on Wednesday, Oct. 8 when it travels to Woodburn to take on the Bulldogs and Forest Grove.

"I don't think Woodburn has a very strong team," Lankheet said. "They don't have a big contingency out. I think we should be able to beat them. With Forest Grove, our girls will have a shot at them. But the (Forest Grove) boys team is jus awesome right now. They've got three or four kids who can really haul. Their team is just huge.

"Hopefully, all our kids will be healthy. Michael has been kind of nursing an injury. He really hasn't been able to get in a good week of training. Mitch (Tichinin) got banged up in a soccer game. We'll see how they show up."


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