Siuslaw boys finish sixth place at state meet

Sky-Em champs Ryan Jennings, Jared Northrop, Kiger Johnson, Kyle Hughes, Samuel Ulrich, Brendon Jensen and Jaxson Jensen.

Siuslaw seniors Brendon Jensen, Kiger Johnson and Jared Northrop bowed out as sixth-place finishers Saturday at the Oregon School Activities Association Class 4A boys cross country championships at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Philomath/Kings Valley Charter was first with 65 points, Sisters second with 70 and Klamath Union third with 82.

Defending champion Marist Catholic was fourth with 98, Baker/Powder Valley fifth with 99 and Siuslaw — eighth overall in 2018 — was sixth with 129.

Sisters junior John Peckman won the individual title in a personal-record 15 minutes, 48.7 seconds, with Baker/Powder Valley senior Kale Cassidy second in a PR 15:57.2 and Sisters junior Will Thorsett third in a PR 16:00.1.

Jensen was fifth overall and the top Viking with a PR 16:14.7.

"Brendon Jensen ran a great race," Siuslaw coach Chris Johnson said. "He kept moving up the whole race and didn't settle in.

"To PR by that much and place fifth is a testimony to how hard he has worked over the past year."

Other times for the Vikings included Samuel Ulrich in 16:47.3, Kyle Hughes in a PR 17:01.8, Northrop in a PR 17:18.8, Johnson in 17:20.1, Jaxson Jensen in 17:32.5 and Chad Hughes in 17:56.4.

Marist Catholic won last season with 54 points, with Newport second with 81 and Tillamook third with 84.

Vikings boys' season bests (as well as personal records) entering state meet:

  • Brendon Jensen, senior, 16:27.2 (Northwest Classic)
  • Samuel Ulrich, freshman, 16:35.9 (Sky-Em)
  • Kiger Johnson, senior, 16:53.4 (Sky-Em)
  • Kyle Hughes, freshman, 17:02.3 (Sky-Em)
  • Jaxson Jensen, junior, 17:16.1 (Sky-Em)
  • Chad Hughes, sophomore, 17:24.7 (Paul Mariman)
  • Jared Northrop, senior, 17:27.8 (Paul Mariman)


Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa won the boys 3A title, edging Burns 35-38. Westide Christian was third with 107.

Sophomore Henry Coughlan of Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa won the individual title in 15:58.9 and teammate Zach Knapp, a sophomore, was third in a PR 16:07.1. Burns senior JP Friedrichsen was runner-up in a PR 16:02.4.

St. Stephen's Academy dominated the 2A/1A boys with 42 points. Union/Cove was second with 89 and Bandon third with 95.

St. Stephen's junior Seth Bergeron ran a PR 15:50.5 for the individual title, followed by Knappa senior Robert Pina-Morton in a PR 16:00.3 and Veritas senior Cam McChesney in a PR 16:05.8.

Finals for the 5A and 6A boys were later in the day.


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