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McBeth breaks school record, West place fifth on all-time list at Central

At a normal early season cross-country meet it would be saying something if you had two athletes put up the best time thus far in the Oregon West Conference, but Central coach Brad Simkins witnessed much more than that Saturday in Oregon City.

Abby McBeth

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Abby McBeth

September 24, 2013

OREGON CITY - At a normal early season cross-country meet it would be saying something if you had two athletes put up the best time thus far in the Oregon West Conference, but Central coach Brad Simkins witnessed much more than that Saturday in Oregon City.

Freshman Abby McBeth, who has been turning out fast times since she joined the varsity team, set the post-1990 school record (when girls cross-country went to 5,000 meters) with a time of 19 minutes, 16 seconds. She finished second overall at the meet.

Not to be outdone, senior Zane West ran a 16:26.97, good enough for fourth at the meet, fifth place on Central's all-time list, and the fastest time for a Central runner since 1985.

Both times were the fastest put up by runners in the Oregon West Conference so far this year, and McBeth's was almost two minutes faster than the next closest runner.

"I think the team has really taken the opportunity to run against the bigger schools and excelled," Simkins said. "The pace is a little faster than we might see at a meet with just teams from the Oregon West and that is showing in our times."

DALLAS RUNS AT THREE COURSE CHALLENGE: The Dragons boys cross-country team finished 31st out of 41 teams on the hard course at the Three Course Challenge at Camp Rilea on Saturday. Michael Osborn, was the top runner for Dallas finishing 113th with a time of 22:54. Isaak Tichenor was second for Dallas and finished 210th place with a time of 24:51. The boys finished in 25th out of 37 teams on the easy course with Seth Fast leading the way in 159th with a time of 19:47. The girls finished ninth out of 30 teams on the 4,500-meter easy course with Carleen Fall leading the team. She finished 19th overall with a time of 20:19.

Catherine Rocak

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Catherine Rocak

Catherine Rocak ran the 5,000-meter hard course and finished 101st overall with a time of 28:44.