Paul snags 7th at Border Clash

BEAVERTON — Christy Paul expressed nothing but positive memories after her fifth-place performance at the Nov. 2 state cross-country meet.

The HRV senior and 2001 state champion ran a solid race, and was rightfully proud of her accomplishments, saying that this year’s field was much deeper and her rivals were one year stronger.

But Paul’s work wasn’t finished yet. One more race remained before she could hang up her shoes and call it a high-school career: the Nike Border Clash.

“I know I can finish ahead of some of the girls who beat me at state,” she said following her third top-five finish in three years. “My goal is to finish top 10 at the Border Clash.”

Making good on her prediction, Paul finished fourth among Oregon runners, and took seventh overall for the third straight year at last Saturday’s event on the Nike campus in Beaverton.

The only runners ahead of her were Danielle Jordan of North Medford (fourth), Oregon state runner-up Meghan Armstrong of Tualatin (fifth), and 4A state champion Erin Gray of South Eugene (sixth).

Gray, a sophomore, may have finished higher, but was battling flu-like symptoms all day. She took third last year, and will look to equal Paul’s three straight top-seven finishes next season.

“As far as I know, Christy is the only girl to place in the top 10 at Border Clash three years in a row,” said HRV girls cross-country coach Kristen Uhler. “She has grown so much as a young woman and a runner, and has a lot to be proud of.”

Saturday’s event was the fourth installment of the Border Clash series, which pits the top 40 boys and girls cross-country runners from Oregon against the top 40 from Washington.

The Washington girls, who earned the top three spots, won the meet for the third straight year by a score of 91-126.

The Oregon boys, led by state champion Galen Rupp of Central Catholic and state runner-up Lauren Jespersen of Klamath Union, made it an even split, winning the competition 104-117.

Next up for Paul is the spring track season, and later, a possible Division I scholarship to a prestigious institution such as Princeton, Cornell, Columbia or Santa Clara — all of which have contacted her about both running and academics.

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