With one exception, the leaders in the boys’ division of the Greater Oregon League are closing in on their last or second to last year of high school running. Unlike the 2A and 3A local runners, older members of the team dominate the best times to date.
Baker holds down five of the top ten times led by senior Kale Cassidy. Cassidy is the lone runner to break the 17-minute mark, dominating the rest of the field with a time of 16 minutes, 36.5 seconds.
Fellow Bulldog seniors John Niehaus and Lucas Stearns hold the fourth and fifth best times with Niehaus clocking a 17:30.3 and Stearns coming in at 17:43.4. The lone sophomore in the top ten, Baker’s Gavin Stone sits sixth with a best time of 17:57.6.
Ontario junior Lance Trees jumped into the top three runners of the district just last week after clocking a time of 17:20.6 at the Crosby Invitational. Sitting in eighth, Ontario senior Jacob Moore has a best time this season of 17:59.2.
The lone MacHi runner in the top ten is Bryan Abrego at tenth. Abrego ran his personal best at the Footrace to Valahalla with a time of 18:18.8
The opposite is true when discussing the female runners-youth dominates the top times.
La Grande junior Jacki Martini leads the field with a run at the Baker Invite coming in at 20:53.5 Martini is joined by an eighth grade student, Kiah Carlson with a personal best of a young running career of 20:55.7.
Three La Grande runners, two sophomores and a freshman join Martinin and Carlson. Sophomore Corbyn Sexton (22:49.1) sits sixth and freshman Gladys Alf Rippee (23:24.5) is eighth. La Grande sophomore Audrey Garlitz rounds out the top ten district times at 23:31.6.
Three Baker runners make the top ten led by junior Sydney Keller at third and fellow junior Corah Downing at fourth. Keller has a season best of 21:01.8 while Downing has run a 21:32.4. Baker sophomore Sydney Lamb used her home meet in Baker to slide into the seventh best time of the district at 22:50.5.
MacHi senior Mekenna Simpson is fifth at 22:36.1 while Ontario sophomore Trinity Farr is at the ninth spot with a time of 23:28.3.