District Meet Wraps Up Cross Country Season

David Kunda, Staff Writer

The cross country season came to an end with no runner, for the second straight year, qualifying for state after a fairly long streak of people going to state. What was a “major learning experience” for the girl runners, ended up being a “positive adventure,” describes Head Coach Greg Letts.

The top three runners for the boys battled injuries throughout the year as well as athletes failing to show up to workouts played a steady role in a down year. The boys top five runners from the Mt. Hood Conference Championship were Jason DeLeon with a time of 17:40.04 followed by Adrian Garcia-Dena, John Gurney, Cole Melvin and Sigurd Kirsebom.

Finishing for the girls was Esthefany Campos Gomez with a time of 22:19.22 followed by Emily Spain, Maddie McHone, Vanessa Garcia, Casey Spencer and Cassidy Huffman.

DeLeon states, “This sport isn’t for everyone,” after emerging as one of the Eagles top runners as a first-year sophomore runner.  

Letts said, “We need to restructure the whole program and change the culture of running at Centennial.”  There was only 6 runners on the girls side total. “We need to convince kids to try the sport,” adds Letts. 

Cole Melvin