ALBANY -- Dallas cross country coach Monique Lankheet didn't get everything she was looking for Oct. 5 in a Mid-Willamette Meet at Avery Park in Corvallis.
"It was kind of a mixed bag," Lankheet said. "We had some really good performances and some that were a little disappointing. There were some kids who I expected would PR and they didn't. You want the kids to get better every meet. Some of our varsity boys really stepped up; the bottom three did really well. We have a good group of girls at the top, but the girls in the middle need to work on their speed."
Host Crescent Valley won the girls team competition with 13 points. Dallas was second of four teams with 27 points.
Catherine Rocak led the Dallas girls by taking eighth on the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 7.81 seconds.
The Lady Dragons' Carleen Fall took ninth with a time of 21:08.21. Other scoring runners for Dallas were Anne Barrientos (12th, 21:34.50), Miranda Shockey (15th, 21:57.19) and Raelee Mullins (22:03.53).
Crescent Valley also won the boys competition with 13 points. Woodburn was second with 62. Central Linn took third with 84, and Dallas was fourth with 86.
Alex Bird led the Dallas boys by taking seventh in 17:28.49. Thain Irwin took eighth place in 17:28.92. The remainder of Dallas' top five were Tyler Lonsford (24th, 18:47.07), Clay Stuhr 25th, 18:47.61) and Michael Osborn (33rd, 19:13.16).
Stuhr continues to make progress as he tries to get up to full speed after he was sidelined with knee tendinitis earlier this season.
"Clay's getting better all the time," Lankheet said. "He's starting to get his strength back. He's maybe 10 seconds away from where he was last year. We're hoping he will do some big things at the meet on Saturday."
Lankheet was referring to the Adidas Cross Country Classic that will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 in Portland. The Dragons also have a another four-way MWC meet today (Oct. 12) at Timber Linn Park in Albany.
"We're looking good," Lankheet said. "Our kids are getting stronger and faster every week. Our league is really hard so it's hard to tell how all this is going to come out. With the girls, Corvallis is the best team hands down. Crescent Valley is really good, too, but I think we can give them a good run for their money. Crescent Valley has the best boys team, too, but it's really close between Woodburn, Dallas and Corvallis. I think the three of us will duke it out for second."