Cottage Grove races against top contenders at LCC


Cottage Grove traveled to Lane Community College (LCC) with 40 other schools for some exciting racing with top contenders from all classifications. The course consisted of two loops; with the teams starting on the soccer field, looping around the campus’ baseball field and ponds twice to then finish on the infamous LCC blue track.

Cottage Grove’s girls team received a boost with one of the top runners freshman Bella Keating returning to the team. Keating in her first race of the season ran a 22:07 placing inside the top 30, Kajsa Merz ran her best time of the season so far with 23:10. 

Piper Youngmyr finished one second ahead of her teammate Allison Palluck with a time of 23:24 while Palluck hit a big personal best with her time of 23:25. Cora McClean also ran a personal best of 23:47 helping the girls team finish seventh with 191 points out of 16 total teams and all girls finished in the top 65.

Carter Bengston for the boys team shaved 10 seconds off his time from last week finishing inside the top 20. Ethan Peterson ran his best time of the season with a time of 17:56, Rafael Fields improved his personal best by over 30 seconds with a finishing time of 19:03.

Junior Brennen Murphy also improved his best time from this year with a 19:10. While seniors Andrew Wiley and Brayden Russell continued the theme of personal bests with Wiley cutting 10 seconds off his best time with 19:28.3 and Russell trimming 40 seconds off his best while finishing with a 19:28.6. The boys team finished fifth overall edging out conference foe Marshfield. 

With so many personal records being broken over the past weekend, Cottage Grove will return to action on Saturday Sept. 25 for their first and only home meet at Cottage Grove High School. Starting with the junior high races at 10 a.m.

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