Wednesday, November 3, 2010
In a flip-flop of 2008, the last time it sent runners to state, Hood River Valley High School is sending its boys cross country team and a lone member of its girls team to the state meet at Lane Community College this weekend.
It is the first time the school has sent a full boys team to state since 1993, when it finished second in the state at the 3A level.
The Eagle boys team took second to powerhouse Hermiston at the Columbia River Conference district meet at Sandstone Middle School in Hermiston Saturday afternoon.
Grace Viuhkola won the girls race to become the HRV girls state qualifier.
The Bulldogs again put on a dominant show in the boys race, qualifying first with the minimum of 15 points by taking the top five spots.
Yonny Castillo was the top HRV boys finisher, taking eighth, with a time of 16:35.27. Aaron Baeza and Sage Deenik all but sealed second place for the Eagles when they crossed the line within 11 seconds of Castillo, in ninth and 10th place, respectively.
The other scoring runners for HRV were Sean Crompton in 16th place and Brodie Sutherland in 18th place.
For the HRV girls, expectations were high after they had beat both Pendleton and Hermiston in the Kyle Burnside Memorial the week before in Pendleton, but the district meet was on Hermiston's home course and the Bulldogs came out motivated.
In a tight race, where eight points separated the top three teams, Pendleton took first with 37 points, Hermiston second with 41 and HRV third with 45.
The home course advantage played right into the Bulldogs' hands with three Bulldog runners finishing just ahead of their HRV counterparts to squeeze out the few extra points needed for team qualification.
The Eagles were hoping to send both teams to state, but following a 2009 season in which they sent none, they'll willingly take a team and an individual.
The front of the girls race played out as a repeat of HRV's home meet last month. Viuhkola, Katie Markwick of Hermiston and Nicole Dillavou went to the front early. Viuhkola and Markwick eventually separated themselves and Viuhkola kicked hard down the home stretch to beat Markwick 19:09.21 to 19:12.33.
"Grace ran a great race," HRV coach Kristen Uhler said.
Both Viuhkola and Castillo have experience racing on the state course. Viuhkola was part of the 2008 HRV girls team that went to the 6A state meet and also raced the course during the Northwest Classic. In 2008, Castillo was the lone boys representative in the 6A boys race.
The Dalles-Wahtonka 84
The Dalles-Wahtonka 117
8 Yonny Castillo 16:35.27*
9 Aaron Baeza 16:37.24*
10 Sage Deenik 16:45.61*
16 Sean Crompton 17:39.02*
18 Brodie Sutherland 17:47.34*
21 Ricardo Castillo 18:00.78*
27 Jorge Cuevas 18:25.62
1 Grace Viuhkola 19:09.21*
5 Lydia Gildehaus 20:06.18
8 Claire Merriam 20:09.40
14 Alia Burk 21:16.15
16 Althea Dillon 21:46.93
18 Danae Burk 21:56.93
22 Martha Sonato 22:19.72
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge