Saturday, September 14, 2013
Hood River Valley High School cross country hosted its only home meet of the season Wednesday afternoon, with teams from Ridgeview, Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Madison, Roosevelt, The Dalles, Wilson and Lincoln in attendance.
Hood River Invitational: HRV highlights
Varsity boys results:
1st: I. Stephens, Madison, 16:07.96
Ricardo Castillo: 5th, 16:43.49
Jorge Cuevas: 22nd, 17:54.85
Justin Crosswhite: 25th, 18:04.19
Nils Engbersen: 27th, 18:11.38
Carlos Chairez: 28th, 18:11.81
Quinn Fetkenhour: 29th, 18:12.17
Torbjoern Joerstad: 39th, 18:35.84
Varsity girls results:
1st: E. Wren, Cleveland, 18:39.88
Sascha Bockius: 2nd, 19:54.98
Lauren Robinson: 9th, 21:37.56
Sophia Marble: 19th, 22:21.98
Kailee McGeer: 28th, 23:28.27
Madison Freeman, 32nd, 23:52.76
Althea Dillon: 35th, 24:35.04
Varsity boys team:
1st: Lincoln, 46 pts.
HRV: 5th, 107 pts.
Varsity girls team:
1st: Lincoln, 47 pts.
HRV: 4th, 86 pts.
Lincoln, the only 6A team at the meet, won both varsity boys and girls events while the HRV girls came in fourth overall and the boys fifth.
In stifling heat, the varsity girls ran first and the boys second in the Eagles’ first full 5K race of the season. Sophomore Sascha Bockius led the HRV girls with a second-place finish behind Cleveland junior Emma Wren, while senior Ricardo Castillo put in a personal best to finish fifth in the boys field behind winner Ian Stephens of Madison.
“The kids who did well are the ones who practiced over the summer,” coach Kristen Uhler said Thursday. “Ricardo has been such an awesome captain for the boys. Our other boys packed well; they just need to get the pack up a little more.”
On the girls side, Uhler said they’re still ironing out who the team’s top seven runners will be. Grace Grim, last year’s 5A state champion, is recovered from leg injury and just recently got clearance to compete. Rather than switching the lineup at the last minute, Uhler ran Grim in the JV race Wednesday, which she won in 20:52:65, more than two minutes ahead of the closest runner.
Bockius, a sophomore, ran with inspiring grit through the nearly 100-degree temperatures as she chased senior Emma Wren, who finished fourth at the 5A state championships last season.
“Sascha wanted to win the race really bad,” Uhler said. “I think she didn’t really understand who she was chasing. She gave it her all.”
Uhler said the depth of the team this season, particularly on the girls side, means the lineup will likely change throughout the season as runners compete for the seven varsity slots.
Next up for the team is the Sept. 21 Northwest Classic hosted by Lane Community College on the same course the 5A state championships are held on Nov. 2. This year’s Columbia River Conference championships take place at Pendleton’s McKay Park on Oct. 26.
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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