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The Taft High boys placed 10th and the girls 12th Saturday in the Prefontaine Memorial Invitational in Coos Bay that honors Steve Prefontaine — the most dominant American distance runner of all time.

Grants Pass won the boys team title, while Roseburg claimed the girls crown.

Lucas Hindman placed 34th to lead the way for the Taft boys team, while fellow junior Autumn Ellis placed 43rd for the girls.

Lucas Hindman and his biggest fan

The race is held in honor of Prefontaine, a Marshfield High graduate and former Olympian who, at the time of his death at age 24, held eight American distance running records. Since 1980, the community of Coos Bay has put on a 10K run to honor their native son and his passion for running. To comply with OSAA guidelines, it introduced a high school 5K race as a separate event.

Participants competed on a challenging, hilly road course that covered a portion of one of Prefontaine’s favorite training routes. The race began in downtown Coos Bay and finished on Prefontaine Track at Marshfield High.

Hunter Lundstedt

Charlotte Lundstedt

Prefontaine 5,000-Meter Results

Boys Team

1.Grants Pass59
2.Marshfield74
3.Burns75
4.Roseburg119
5.Bandon171
6.Arcata188
7.Brookings-Harbor218
8.North Bend224
9.North Valley286
10.Taft288
11.Cascade Christian294
12.South Umpqua308
13.Hidden Valley325
14.Lakeview372
15.St Mary’s385
16.Waldport493
17.Pacific494
18.Douglas533

Taft Boys Individual

PlaceYearName
Time
34.11Lucas Hindman
18:31.2
51.11Eli Demello
19:14.1
77.12Clayton Helfrich
19:54.8
87.11Hunter Lundstedt
20:06.0
101.11Trenton Fisher
20:39.4
125.11Jordan Hall
21:15.4
151.11Ethan Price
22:39.3
165.10Degen Sawyer
23:13.6
170.9Joseph McCormick
23:32.9
180.11Joram Hoff
24:20.8
83.9Zander Hryczyk
24:24.3

Girls Team

1.Roseburg65
2.Grants Pass76
3.Burns94
4.Arcata125
5.Lakeview137
6.Marshfield152
7.St Mary’s200
8.Bandon205
9.North Bend242
10.South Umpqua259
11.Sutherlin263
12.Taft351
13.Coquille358
14.Brookings-Harbor390
15.Waldport442

Taft Girls Individual

PlaceYearName
TimeSchool
43.11Autumn Ellis
22:49.0Taft
73.12Lydia Prins
25:02.3Taft
104.9Kaydince Beach
26:21.3Taft
117.11Brooke Orendorff
27:34.2Taft
129.10Claira Tolan
28:38.1Taft
150.10Veronica Jin
30:42.8Taft
155.9Charlotte Lunstedt
32:27.6Taft

 

Taft’s Tolan mistakenly recognized as Husky Invite winner

Due to misinformation provided on the athletic.net website, Homepage incorrectly reported that Taft sophomore Claira Tolan won the girls 5,000-meter run at Thursday’s Husky Invitational near Sweet Home. Tolan notified Homepage of the mistake and the post was taken down.

Meanwhile, the Taft boys team placed ninth behind winning Newport. led by senior Micah McLeish, who finished 27th. The Tigers did not post a girls team score.

“The challenging terrain throughout the course, which consisted of a gradual incline with a substantial creek crossing made the runners have to fight until the end,” Taft coach Mandy Weiss said.

Husky Invitational

Thursday, Sept. 13

Community Chapel, Ore.

Boys Varsity Team Results

1.Newport55
2.South Albany69
3.Philomath88
4.Lebanon112
5.Corvallis123
6.Sisters136
7.East Linn Christian144
8.Sweet Home167
9.Taft228
10.Harrisburg240
11.Cascade297

Taft Boys Varsity Individual Results

PlaceYearNameTime
27.12Micah McLeish19:30.8
40.11Lucas Hindman19:56.7
47.11Eli Demello20:06.4
56.12Clayton Helfrich20:33.0
66.11Hunter Lundstedt22:17.6
67.11Trenton Fisher22:18.0

Girls Varsity Team Results

1.Corvallis36
2.Philomath52
3.Lebanon91
4.Newport96
5.Sisters97
6.Cascade128
7.Harrisburg160

Taft Girls Varsity Individual Results

PlaceYearNameTime
26.11Autumn Ellis25:18.4
39.9Kaydince Beach27:50.5
44.11Brooke Orendorff29:01.2

JV Boys 3,000-meter Team Results

1.Philomath21
2.Newport69
3.South Albany77
4.Corvallis102
5.Sisters114
6.Sweet Home158
7.Taft190
8.Lebanon241

Taft JV Boys Individual Results

PlaceYearNameTime
27.11Joram Hoff12:35.1
32.11Jordan Hall12:42.2
61.11Ethan Price14:13.4
73.9Austin Winters15:04.5
76.10Degen Sawyer15:17.4
85.11Jose Cortez15:36.0
87.9Zander Hryczyk15:43.8
88.9Joseph McCormick15:44.4
98.10Alex Wigington17:37.7

JV Girls 3,000-meter Team Results

1.Corvallis18
2.Scio67
3.Sisters80
4.South Albany99
5.Cascade102

Taft JV Girls Individual Results

PlaceYearNameTime
40.10Veronica Jin18:41.5

 

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Jim Fossum
Jim Fossumhttp://SilverandBlackToday.com
Homepage Executive Editor and former longtime Sports Editor of the near-200,000 circulation Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fossum brings 40 years of award-winning experience covering virtually every facet of print and digital journalism to Lincoln City Homepage. The former longtime reporter for the Newport News-Times and Lincoln City News Guard is also Editor-in-Chief and Senior Columnist for SilverandBlackToday.com, which covers the NFL's Oakland (Las Vegas) Raiders.

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