If the cross-country season held a district meet today, the nod for the girls’ title would need to go towards the Hilanders of Burns.
Looking at the top ten times posted to date, the Hilanders hold five of the top seven slots.
Burns sophomore Riley Morris holds the quickest time in the 5,000-meter distance, posting a race of 20 minutes, 15.8 seconds. This time is also the third quickest in the 3A state ranks with only two Catlin Gabel runners posting quicker times.
Coming in with the third fastest time in the district is Hilanders freshman Brooke Smith at 20:19.3 Sophomore Oliva Winn is one spot behind with 20:44.5. All three Burns runners had their quickest times of the year at the Bob Firman Invitational in Eagle, Idaho, a race attracting talent from the western United States and Canada.
A second Burns freshman, Mattie Woodbury, ranks sixth in the district standings, also with a Firman quick time of 21:15.3. Rounding out the Firman best times is Hilanders senior Sayge Root with the seventh quickest time, posting a finish of 21:17.9.
In a head scratcher looking at best times, Enterprise senior Ellyse Tingelstad, a student of Joseph, is listed both in the 1A/2A standings and the 3A District 3 standings. Tingelstad currently has the second best time in the 3A with 20:15.9, a mere one hundredth of a second behind Morris.
Enterprise holds the eighth and ninth spots among the top ten with junior Kyla Hook at eighth with a time of 21:27.0 and Mary Catherine Matthews and her 21:44.2 the ninth fastest race.
The Bulldogs of Nyssa have one runner in the top ten as senior Olivia Page breaks into the top five times at the number five slot with a time of 20:54.4. La Pine senior Olivia Flack rounds out the top ten times with a race finish of 21:49.5.
The Hilanders boys hold five of the top ten times in the district. The Outlaws find four names in the top ten finishes, but also post the top two times of the season.
Two Enterprise sophomores, Henry Coughlan and Zac Knapp, lead the rest of the district. Coughlan is just seconds from breaking into the 15-minute mark with a district best time of 16:02.2. Knapp, in second, has a 16:43.3. One more Enterprise sophomore, Bayden Menton, is fourth in the district standings with a time of 17:09.5. Junior John Matthews completes the Outlaws standings in the top ten, coming in at tenth after completing the Helix Stubblebuster in 18:06.4.
Burns starts their posting in the top ten times with a third place showing by senior JP Friedrichsen and his time of 16:45.2.
The Hilanders then take up the fifth, sixth and seventh slots led by senior Calvin Bates (17:11.4) in fifth, senior Ryan Robles (17:25.0) in sixth and freshman Carter Lardy (17:49.1) in seventh. Sophomore Masson Shaw picked his home meet to run the ninth fastest time in the district, crossing the line in 17:59.4 at the Baker Invite.
One Nyssa runner breaks up the Hilanders/Outlaws party among the top ten times in the district. Bulldog senior Myo Castro and his 17:51.9 is the eighth quickest time in the district to date.