Saturday the Cottage Grove boys’ cross country team took 12th place at the State meet at Lane Community College.
It was Jimmy Talley who led the way for the team as he finished in 33rd place with a time of 17:35.
Behind Talley were Konrad Raum at 17:35 and in 33rd place and Paesen Timm at 18:01 and 58th place. Raum and Timm are also members of the boys’ soccer team that had their quarterfinal game moved to Friday night to accommodate the runners. The pair arrived home from their game at around 3:00 a.m. and were warming up for the meet by 11:00 a.m.
" It was the hardest race I have ever ran in my life," said Raum. "When the gun was shot and the race starts you go up this straight stretch and then you go up a hill. Right when I went up the hill my legs were already tired and I was like, ‘Oh crap.’”
Raum still finished 35 seconds faster than his time at the state meet last season.
Closing out the Lions top five was Konnor Owens in a time of 19:07 and Justin Francis in 19:22.
Jesse Ellingworth who finished 17th at State last year and 9th at districts did not run at the meet.