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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 Pass 59
2. Marshfield 74
3. Burns 75
4. Roseburg 119
5. Bandon 171
6. Arcata 188
7. Brookings-Harbor 218
8. North Bend 224
9. North Valley 286
10. Taft 288
11. Cascade Christian 294
12. South Umpqua 308
13. Hidden Valley 325
14. Lakeview 372
15. St Mary’s 385
16. Waldport 493
17. Pacific 494
18. Douglas 533

Taft Boys Individual

Place Year Name
Time
34. 11 Lucas Hindman
18:31.2
51. 11 Eli Demello
19:14.1
77. 12 Clayton Helfrich
19:54.8
87. 11 Hunter Lundstedt
20:06.0
101. 11 Trenton Fisher
20:39.4
125. 11 Jordan Hall
21:15.4
151. 11 Ethan Price
22:39.3
165. 10 Degen Sawyer
23:13.6
170. 9 Joseph McCormick
23:32.9
180. 11 Joram Hoff
24:20.8
83. 9 Zander Hryczyk
24:24.3

Girls Team

1. Roseburg 65
2. Grants Pass 76
3. Burns 94
4. Arcata 125
5. Lakeview 137
6. Marshfield 152
7. St Mary’s 200
8. Bandon 205
9. North Bend 242
10. South Umpqua 259
11. Sutherlin 263
12. Taft 351
13. Coquille 358
14. Brookings-Harbor 390
15. Waldport 442

Taft Girls Individual

Place Year Name
Time School
43. 11 Autumn Ellis
22:49.0 Taft
73. 12 Lydia Prins
25:02.3 Taft
104. 9 Kaydince Beach
26:21.3 Taft
117. 11 Brooke Orendorff
27:34.2 Taft
129. 10 Claira Tolan
28:38.1 Taft
150. 10 Veronica Jin
30:42.8 Taft
155. 9 Charlotte Lunstedt
32:27.6 Taft

 

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. Newport 55
2. South Albany 69
3. Philomath 88
4. Lebanon 112
5. Corvallis 123
6. Sisters 136
7. East Linn Christian 144
8. Sweet Home 167
9. Taft 228
10. Harrisburg 240
11. Cascade 297

Taft Boys Varsity Individual Results

Place Year Name Time
27. 12 Micah McLeish 19:30.8
40. 11 Lucas Hindman 19:56.7
47. 11 Eli Demello 20:06.4
56. 12 Clayton Helfrich 20:33.0
66. 11 Hunter Lundstedt 22:17.6
67. 11 Trenton Fisher 22:18.0

Girls Varsity Team Results

1. Corvallis 36
2. Philomath 52
3. Lebanon 91
4. Newport 96
5. Sisters 97
6. Cascade 128
7. Harrisburg 160

Taft Girls Varsity Individual Results

Place Year Name Time
26. 11 Autumn Ellis 25:18.4
39. 9 Kaydince Beach 27:50.5
44. 11 Brooke Orendorff 29:01.2

JV Boys 3,000-meter Team Results

1. Philomath 21
2. Newport 69
3. South Albany 77
4. Corvallis 102
5. Sisters 114
6. Sweet Home 158
7. Taft 190
8. Lebanon 241

Taft JV Boys Individual Results

Place Year Name Time
27. 11 Joram Hoff 12:35.1
32. 11 Jordan Hall 12:42.2
61. 11 Ethan Price 14:13.4
73. 9 Austin Winters 15:04.5
76. 10 Degen Sawyer 15:17.4
85. 11 Jose Cortez 15:36.0
87. 9 Zander Hryczyk 15:43.8
88. 9 Joseph McCormick 15:44.4
98. 10 Alex Wigington 17:37.7

JV Girls 3,000-meter Team Results

1. Corvallis 18
2. Scio 67
3. Sisters 80
4. South Albany 99
5. Cascade 102

Taft JV Girls Individual Results

Place Year Name Time
40. 10 Veronica Jin 18:41.5

 

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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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