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Zane West leads the Central boys cross-country team
October 09, 2013
PHILOMATH - It's been a fast year for Central's top two runners, Zane West and Abby McBeth. Saturday they finally had their chance to go head-to-head against several Oregon West Conference foes.
The Panthers boys and girls cross-country teams raced at the Paul Mariman Invitational in Philomath, a much anticipated meet for Central coach Brad Simkins.
"It's really our first opportunity to see how we stack up in the Oregon West as a team, and the course is designed to mimic what we will see at state, so in a way it is a preview meet," Simkins said.
On the boys side, West led the team by finishing ninth overall with a time of 16 minutes, 48.24 seconds. He was followed by teammates, Ryan Rosas (53rd, 19:20.11), Alex Mack (56th, 19:24.72), Tucker Engle (64th, 19:37.61), Zachary Meyer (69th, 19:48.71), Darien Hume (70th, 19:49.85) and J.D. Protiva (71st, 19:50.17).
"I really want to see where I stand against the Newport guys on the same course," West said before the race. He stood well, finishing first among all boys from the Oregon West.
Unfortunately, the team didn't fair as well, finishing ninth among the 14 complete teams and behind conference opponents Philomath and Newport.
"We need to shore up the gap between our top runner and the rest of the guys to compete well at the district meet," Simkins said.
It was much the same story on the girls side, fast at the top but they are struggling through a few injuries, leading to lower team scores. The Panther girls finished eighth among the 14 teams running Saturday.
Jamie Smith has been a solid No. 2 runner for the Panthers this season
McBeth didn't meet her pre-race goal of going under 19 minutes, but still finished fifth overall with a run of 19:37.97.
Jamie Smith finished 29th with a time of 22:14.52.
Mandi Desmarteau, Central's top returning runner from last season, is one of the girls battling through an ankle injury and Saturday was her first run at near 100 percent this season. She finished 51st with a time of 23:09.35.
Rounding out the finishers for the Central girls were Hanna Brown (71st, 24:46.65), Daisy Chavez (75th, 24:57.91) and Isabella Hallowell (83rd, 27:31.66).
"I'm still not where I was last year, but my goal is to at least make it to state as an individual," Desmarteau said. "Abby and Jamie are running great and if we keep improving I think we could qualify for state as a team."
"If we can get the girls healthy and drop about a minute off their times once we get to districts, they are going to be challengers," Simkins added.
Next race for the Panthers is the Country Fair Classic in Veneta on Oct. 18.