Cross Country NEWS
Cougars run well at Hodges meet
October 15, 2014
Oregon City- Mike Hodges Invitational
The Cougar women were led once again by Jocelyn Barber who ran a time of 20:09 for the 5k course. Kennedy Rufener finished second for the team running 20:47. Kylee Johnson (21:47), raced well after having sat out the Charles Bowles invite prior. Becky Ponnay (21:52), Angel Ardito (22:01) and Kayla McNeeley (22:02), finished as a pack.
Also running for the cougars were Kat Curtis (22:21), Leah Zetterlund (22:51), Elana Hampton (25:21) and Aerial Rice (28:12).
Olympian Bridget Franek - who was running her second race of the morning - won the race in a time of 17:46.
The Cougars finished 2nd as a team behind the University of Oregon Running Club.
“I thought the team ran well today. Some of the women were supposed to give a tempo effort and others were flat out racing. Overall it was a good day for the women. They have come along ways and are still gaining fitness. It’s going to be fun to watch them the last few weeks of the season” – Assistant Coach: Drew Wasmund
The Men grouped up together for the first part of the race before splintering off. The top three Cougars finished together with Bae Garmondeh (24:47) leading the way. Pake Benthin (27:48) and Devin Sellers (27:49) finished second and third for the men.
Jay Garmondeh (28:20), and Alan Ekanger (28:24) rounded out the team score for Clackamas. Also running for the Cougars were Al Lacey (28:43), Weyekin Bill (29:57) and Alex Tomlinson (30:36).
Alex Foote from the UO Running Club won the race in a time of 25:25.
The Cougars finished 3rd behind the UO and OSU Running Club.
“Our men did an okay job. Pake Benthin stepped up today which was great to see. If he can run with the guys that he ran with today at NWAC’s we’ll be in a position to podium. Our pack is improving. I’m excited to see them back on our course in two weeks for Southern Regionals.” – Assistant Coach Drew Wasmund
Both the Men and Women race next at the Southern Regional Meet. The race will be held at Clackamas Community College on October 25th. The women run at 11:00 and the men at 12:00.
Clackamas signs distance runner standout
February 6, 2014
Glapoubae Garmondeh from Aloha High School has signed with the Cougars. He sports a 15:58 5k cross country time along with junior track and field marks of 9:13 for 3k and 4:12 for 1500 meters.
Garmondeh has great upside since he is relatively new to the sport.
Clackamas is excited to have him join the team that won the Men's Southern Region Cross Country Championship last season.
Men win region title, women fifth but in the mix
|Badane Sultessa crosses the finish line with a comfortable lead and a new course record at Saturday's Southern Region Championship.|
October 29, 2013
The men won the NWAACC Southern Region Championships for the first time since 2004. They did it in dominant fashion with Badane Sultessa, Jorge Gil-Juarez and Jackson Baker going 1, 2, 3 through the finish line.
The race was won with great team running with Alan Ekanger setting the early lead in the race followed by the other six which included Pake Benthin, Austin Peila and Scott Schmitt.
A Clark runner took the lead of the race in the middle but was taken over by the trio of Sultessa, Gil-Juarez and Baker at the same time. Austin Peila had a great race running as the number five guy for the team.
Badane set a new course record in his quest for the individual championship.
The women performed well but were just a little off of being in contention with most of the teams. Their top five average times were only twelve seconds off the second place team.
Courtney Repp ran while fighting illness and the team was coming off two weeks of hard training. Grace Klovski had a great race running her season PR along with Angela Kang running a lifetime PR as well.
CCC head coach Kaitlyn Reid was named the Men's Head Coach of the Year.
The NWAACC Championships are on Nov. 9th at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground, WA. Races start at 11:00. [Championship website]
View Event Photos
|The Cougar men ran a tight pack much until mid way through the course.|
|The Cougar men celebrate with the championship trophy.|
|CCC head coach Kaitlyn Reid took Men's Head Coach of the Year honors along with Lane head coach Mike Blackmore who was named women's COY.|
|CCC's Pake Benthin (19), Jackson Baker (18) and Jorge Gil-Juarez (21) cross the finish line as a trio to lead the Cougars to victory.|
Clackamas hosted the Mike Hodges Invite and stood up to the challenge on the men’s side. The men won the meet scoring 19 points to Clark’s and Mt. Hood’s 44 and 61 points, respectively.
Pake Benthin won his first college meet with Jackson Baker and Jorge Gil-Juarez followed closely behind. Scott Schmitt and Austin Peila closed out the top five to help the team average 26:30 for the team’s top five average. Pack racing really helped the team propel them past other competitors.
The women raced well despite the race taking a wrong turn and shortening the race by 660 meters. Courtney Repp led the women again while she helped Kira Norton run a great race beating many athletes that beat her the week before. Kylee Johnson held on well despite going out hard to keep up with Courtney and Kira.
Full results: http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/5214.html
The next race will be the Southern Region Championships hosted by Clackamas on Saturday, Oct. 26th. Race times are 11:00 women and 12:00 men.
Clackamas XC took part in the 39th annual Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette University in Bush Pasture Park on Saturday.
The men started the day off right by averaging 26:01 for 8000 meters and placing eighth as a team in a race with 20 colleges and 201 racers. They were in a race with NAIA nationally ranked teams and other post collegiate athletes.
Returning NWAACC All-American Badane Sultessa (26th place) led the Cougars running 25:30, and Jorge Gil-Juarez moved up after getting a slow start to finish in 25:37 (32nd place). Jackson Baker had a solid race, and Scott Schmitt helped out the Cougars with his performance of 26:16.
Clackamas finished as the number two community college only seven points behind Everett with a two second difference between top five averages.
The women were in a race with 184 women and looked solid as well led by Courtney Repp who went 19:32. Kylee Johnson stepped up to be the Cougars number two runner this meet tying her lifetime PR of 20:29.
Kira Norton suffered a slight pain in her quad during the race but was still able to finish as the number three for the team. Jessie Hansen was able to pull out a four second lifetime PR in a race with a lot of traffic.
The team averaged 20:49 which is only eight seconds off what they averaged two weeks ago, so the group is looking to be able to run consistent and handle the pressure of big races.
The next meet will be at home at the Mike Hodges Invite on October 12th.
September 26, 2013
Clackamas looked great at the Oak Knoll Loop Course meet hosted by Willamette University on Sept. 21st. Five out of the seven women ran lifetime personal record (PR) and have moved up well in fitness from last season as well as last meet.
Courtney Repp led the squad running a 45 second lifetime PR from last season with a time of 19:31. She went out aggressive and held on. Kira Norton ran a 51 second lifetime PR going 20:06 and being the number two runner for the team, and Kylee Johnson ran 20:29 which was a 71 second lifetime PR. Jessie Hansen followed suit with her other three teammates and ran an 18 second lifetime PR. These four really helped show that Clackamas is working well toward a solid team and that their hard work is paying off. The team averaged 20:41 for the top five which was much better than how they looked before the start of the season, especially this early.
The men followed suit of the women’s team with a great performance with Jorge Gil-Juarez running 25:06 which placed him second against 4-yr teams like Portland State, University of Portland-B and Willamette. Jackson Baker helped the cause by pushing the pace and leading much of the race. His time of 25:29 puts him as the number 12 person on the top 20 list for Cougar Cross Country. Badane Sultessa, Pake Benthin, Scott Schmitt, Alan Ekanger helped each other out well during the race and came in with a spread of 30 seconds between the four. The top five average for the team was 25:49 with top seven and top ten averages being 26:07 and 26:36, respectively. Clackamas took second to only Portland State in the race.
This is the best squad in terms of depth that Clackamas has had since they were a part of the NJCAA and coached by Kelly Sullivan.
The men tied the best top five average since the NJCAA days with the team from 1993 (25:07, 25:18, 25:39, 25:58, 27:01), even though the Oak Knoll meet was two weeks earlier in the season.
Meet results: http://www.directathletics.com/results/xc/4948.html
September 9, 2013
Clackamas opened the cross country season at the NWAACC Preview at Lewisville Park hosted by Clark College. The all freshmen women's team raced first and was led by Courtney Repp from McNary High School. Close behind Repp was Kira Norton from McNary High School who looks to be improving on her fitness from last cross country season. The Cougars had some depth with Kylee Johnson (Redmond High School), Jessie Hansen (Beaverton High School), and Grace Klovski (Barlow High School) to finish the scorers for the Cougars. Falisha Aho (Molalla High School) and Aerial Rice also ran to help as possible scorers. The women finished fifth out of seven teams.
The men took care of business with only two sophomores out of the nine that raced. Jorge Gil-Juarez (sophomore, Phoenix High School) and Jackson Baker (freshman, Franklin High School) went first and second, respectively. Pake Benthin (freshman, Molalla High School), Alan Ekanger (freshman, Coronado High School), Scott Schmitt (freshman, Lake Stevens), and Danny Robertson (freshman, W.F. West) all had solid races for their first 8000 meter race. Tony Goemaere (freshman, McNary High School) also raced well and showing good improvement from last year. The men finished second out of eight teams. This was the first time in close to thirteen years that Clackamas has beat the men of Spokane. This is a great feat considering this is the first college meet for Coach Kaitlyn Reid as a cross country coach.
June 19, 2013
|Alan Ekanger - Photo: K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Jou|
Alan Ekanger from Coronado High School in Nevada has signed with Clackamas.
He is ranked had the 6th fastest 3200 in Nevada for the 2013 season.
Ekanger has a lot of upside and should look to greatly improve while at Clackamas.
Clackamas signed Danny Robertson from W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Washington.
Robertson has great range running 1:55.66 for the 800 on up to 16:11 for the 5000 meters in cross country.
He was a state competitor in cross country finishing 30th and was second in the district championships in the 800 and 1600, which recently qualified him for state.
Below are the links to Robertson's running stats.
February 8, 2013
His coach, Mike Hickey, is an alum and former coach of CCC.
Duffy has run 16:10 for 5000 meters, 9:40 for 3200 meters and 4:33 for 1600 meters. His running background will be very important to the success of the distance squad.
View Duffy's high school performance's on Athletic.net
The Cougar distance program is also looking forward to adding Repp of McNary HS to the distance squad this fall. She has run 20:16 for 5000 meters and 11:45 for 3000 meters. She is coming off a training year where she has gained much knowledge on how to train and race.
View Repp's high school performance's on Athletic.net
These two will join incoming freshmen Pake Benthin of Molalla High School and Falisha Aho also from Molalla HS who both signed with the Cougars in January.
January 29, 2013
Pake Benthin from Molalla High School has signed a NWAACC Letter of Intent with Clackamas.
He is a talented distance runner that will be coming in with a lot of experience from a solid distance program at Molalla HS.
Benthin has run 15:57 for 5k, 9:17 for 3k and 4:21 for the 1500.
View Benthin's high school performances on Athletic.net
January 27, 2013
The Cougars recently signed Falisha Aho of Molalla HS.
Aho is an experienced distance runner with great experience coming from a solid program.
She has run 10:56, 5:04, and ran 20:58 this past cross country season.
Molalla High School has a tradition in distance running, so the lessons she has learned coming out of high school will help Clackamas maintain its tradition.
View Aho's high school performances on Athletic.net
November 12, 2012
|Freshman Badane Sultessa earned All-American honors with a fourth place finish at the 2012 NWAACC XC Championships.|
The Cougar men and women capped the 2012 season with fourth place finishes at the NWAACC Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium in Spokane.
The CCC men were paced by Badane Sultessa who's fourth place time of 25:25 in the 8K event garnered the freshman with NWAACC All-American honors. Freshman Tony Gil-Juarez came in second for the Cougars (26:02, 14th overall) while freshman Jon Obeso followed with a 19th place finish with a time of 26:29.
A trio of sophomore's paced the Cougar women's team in the 5K led by Grace Viuhkola (19:50, 12th), Cia Bywater (19:51, 13th) and Randi Chance (22:01, 31st).
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