Creswell, Sports

Bulldog harriers competitive in two 5k outings

Creswell girls cross country runners McKenzie Traetow number 236 and Emily Garcia number 234 compete in the Harrier Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 15 in Cottage Grove. TOM PAGE/FOR THE CHRONICLE

Sophomore Brandon Moehlmann was the top finisher of Creswell High’s youthful boys’ cross country team – comprised of sophomores and freshmen – during the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, held at Silver Falls State Park on Sept. 11.
Moehlmann placed 52nd out of 139 runners in the 5,000-meter boys’ varsity race with a time of 20:20.4. Hot on his heels was fellow sophomore Josiah Lee, who placed 53rd in 20:22.5. Sophomore Seth Handman was 81st in 21:28.2, sophomore Jackson Velarde was 103rd in 22:47.9 and freshman Chance Hemenway was 120th in 24:11.7.
The Bulldogs finished 15th in team standings.
Creswell fielded an incomplete girls’ team, with just two runners. Senior Emily Garcia finished 79th in 31:35.5 and senior McKenzie Traetow was 81st in 32:15.2.
The Bulldogs also competed in the annual Harrier’s Challenge 5k, held at Schwarz Park in Cottage Grove on Sept. 15.
Moehlmann again paced the Bulldog pack, placing 22nd in 20:51. Lee placed 37th in 22:09, Handman placed 38th in 22:13, Velarde finished 42nd in 22:31, Hemenway was 51st in 24:16 and freshman Gonzalo Cardenas was 62nd in 40:49.
The Dawgs placed eighth in team standings.
For the Creswell girls, Traetow finished 33rd in 33:33 and Garcia was 34th in 34:04.
On Saturday, the Bulldogs, coached by Jonathan Ferguson, will run at the annual Rock ‘n’ River 5k at Elijah Bristow State Park.