PHS cross-country: Hannah Hernandez

Hannah Hernandez finished second in the varsity girls race.

Hey Warriors fans, today is Monday, Sept. 9.

Philomath High’s cross-country runners apparently had a pretty good time at the Ultimook Race on Saturday.

The Hydrangea Ranch course north of Tillamook features a mud pit, shallow streams and at least one very slick hill that all sounds like a true challenge — especially when you throw in the fact that it’s 5,000 meters that they have to run (except the JV girls — a race official sent the runners off in the wrong direction during that race and they only had to run 4,000 meters).

PHS junior Levi Knutson had an especially interesting experience at the meet. He lost his shoe in the mud pit.

“In his desperate attempts to find his shoe, he became completely coated in thick mud and knocked about by the hordes of runners crashing into him from behind,” PHS coach Joe Fulton said. “Levi could not find the shoe and had to drop out. No doubt he’ll be eager for revenge when we race many of the same teams on a much more conventional course next Saturday.”

Despite Knutson not contributing to the team points, the Philomath boys still ended up in second place. The girls were also second by just one point behind the host school. Check out the story in Wednesday’s printed edition or look for it online at PhilomathExpress.com.

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By the way, Fulton said the course also featured two river crossings — with no bridges — and trails through woods and blooming hydrangea bushes, along with a hill coming out of the mud pit that was slick.

“But I took a survey of the team after the last race and it was unanimous,” Fulton said. “They loved it and want to return next year.”

We don’t have any varsity sports on the schedule for today. The JV football team is scheduled to play its first game at 5:30 p.m. at Clemens Field against Junction City.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you at the next game.

— Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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