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Baker runners competed near their best marks Saturday at the Class 4A state cross country meet at Lane Community College.
Trevor Freese led Baker’s boys with a 52nd-place finish Saturday at the state cross country meet in Eugene. (Baker City Herald file photo/Kathy Orr)
“We didn’t have any personal bests, but everybody ran close to their PR times,” said Baker coach Suzy Cole. “The kids ran pretty consistent times.”
Baker’s girls finished 12th in the team standings with 270 points. Siuslaw won the girls title with 36.
Baker’s boys were 14th with 368 points. Hidden Valley was the boys champion with 37.
Baker’s top girls runner was Melissa Clarke, placing 28th with a time of 21:19.5.
“Melissa went out and competed very well,” Cole said. “I was very pleased with her effort.
Felicia Schneider finished 70th (21:19.5), Kori Rayborn 88th (23:46.3), Annika Yates 90th (23:49.3), Charlotte Bowers 101st (24:27.9) and Mary Bugler 105th (24:50.6). Baker’s other runner, Haley Adams, had an asthma attack about two miles into the race and had to withdraw.
“It was frustrating for her, but she just couldn’t go,” Cole said.
“Felicia ran well. For her first year in cross country she did a very nice job of competing hard.
“Kori, my only senior, had a great finish to her cross country career,” Cole said. “Kori, Annika and Charlotte ran together as long as possible. Charlotte and Mary did a good job of reacting to the fast pace for their first time at the state meet.
“I’m looking forward to bringing the majority of this group back again.”
Sophomore Trevor Freese led Baker’s boys with a 52nd-place finish (17:49.8).
“The boys took the race out fast from the get go,” Cole said. “The boys did a nice job of setting back and being patient. It just took them a while to adjust to the pace.
“Trevor got into some big packs. I saw a lot of improvement in his strategy,” Cole said.
Jacob Payton finished 99th (19:15.9), Brandon Lowry 103rd (19:24.9), Skyler Young 109th (19:33.4), Jake Sandefur 111th (19:44.5), Joe Anderson 114th (19:48.2) and Kristian Krohn 117th (20:02.2).
“Jacob ran a good race. It was the second straight meet he’s been our No. 2 runner,” Cole said.
“Brandon has shown great senior leadership on this team. This was his fourth trip to state, two with Powder Valley and two with Baker.
“Skyler, Jake and Joe ran well together,” Cole said. “It was Jake and Skyler’s first time at state. They all gave themselves a chance to be competitive.
“Kristian struggled in some phases in the middle of the race, and he forgot his shoes so had to borrow some, but he came back and ran well in the final 800 meters of the race.”
Cole said overall she was pleased with the weekend.
“The kids are a great group to travel with. They have great team support, team morale. I think they represented Baker very well both on and off the course.”