The Philomath High School boys and girls cross-country teams pulled off a sweep Thursday in the first meet of the season. The Warriors’ boys and girls both took first in the Darrel Deedon Invitational on the campus of Cascade High School near Turner.

Coach Joe Fulton said the teams didn’t even know they had won until the awards ceremony at the end of the meet. The girls’ first-place finish is especially notable with the roster down to just six girls this fall.

“Just a week ago, I was thinking of running three on varsity and three on JV,” Fulton said. “But I decided to give Sarah McDaniel and Jazz Choi a chance to prove themselves early and I am so glad that I did.”

McDaniel finished 20th in 24:10 and Choi was 26th in 25:06 to help the Warriors take the team title by 11 points over runner-up Corvallis. Cross-country teams need five runners to score.

Hannah Hernandez won the individual title in 19:02, a clear victory of 52 seconds over the runner-up. Rivers Nuno placed fourth in 20:56. And Madison Bushnell was sixth in 21:20.

For the boys, Brody Gerig had a fourth-place finish in 17:20 and Grant Hellesto was right behind him in fifth at 17:33 to help Philomath to the team title. The Warriors won by six points over runner-up Stayton, which finished second at the state meet last season and placed three in the top 10 at Cascade.

Philomath racked up team points, however, with Seth Staten in 16th (18:52), Levi Knutson in 17th (18:53) and McKenzy Johnson in 23rd (19:13). Johnson finished well ahead of Stayton’s fourth runner, which made all the difference in the final team tally.

In the junior varsity races, the boys won the team title with a 1-2-3 finish by Justin Enghauser, Noah King and Jeremy Schaffer. For the girls, the lone Philomath entrant was Audrey Gerding and she took fourth.

Philomath’s next meet is scheduled for next Thursday at the Husky Invitational in Sweet Home.

Darrel Deedon Invitational

Thursday at Cascade HS


Team scoring: Philomath 60, Stayton 66, East Linn Christian 86, Corvallis 94, South Albany 100, Harrisburg 175, Molalla 177, North Marion 246, St. Paul 266, Santiam 269, Culver 285, Neah-Kah-Nie 322, Willamina 339, Yoncalla 375, Jefferson 376.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Ben Kirby, Stayton, 16:38; 2, Matthew Frazeur, Stayton, 16:41; 3, Jedaiah Wasson, East Linn Christian, 16:55; 4, Brody Gerig, Philomath, 17:20; 5, Grant Hellesto, Philomath, 17:33; 6, Brady Swanson, South Albany, 17:38; 7, Logan Parker, South Albany, 18:09; 8, Dylan Cudd, Stayton, 18:14; 9, Hayden Glenn, Central Linn, 18:23; 10, Brandon Williams, East Linn Christian, 18:24.

Other PHS Results: 16, Seth Staten, 18:52; 17, Levi Knutson, 18:53; 23, McKenzy Johnson, 19:13; 60, Duane Hellesto, 21:12.


Team scoring: Philomath 41, Corvallis 52, Stayton 69, Neah-Kah-Nie 69, Cascade 118, St. Paul 150, Culver 176.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Hannah Hernandez, Philomath, 19:02; 2, Jessica Neal, Central Linn, 19:54; 3, Hailey Notman, Stayton, 20:45; 4, Rivers Nuno, Philomath, 20:56; 5, Jenna Neal, Central Linn, 21:00; 6, Madison Bushnell, Philomath, 21:20; 7, Zoey Bailey, Corvallis, 21:26; 8, Karissa Hadermann, Neah-Kah-Nie, 21:44; 9, Jordan White, Neah-Kah-Nie, 21:47; 10, Dinah Schultz, Neah-Kah-Nie, 22:05.

Other PHS Results: 20, Sarah McDaniel, 24:10; 26, Jazz Choi, 25:06.

Junior Varsity

(3,000 Meters)


Team scoring: Philomath 17, South Albany 60, Corvallis 79, Stayton 106, Molalla 152, Regis 179, Cascade 180, Oregon School for the Deaf 221, Willamina 252.

PHS Results: 1, Justin Enghauser, 10:59; 2, Noah King, 11:10; 3, Jeremy Schaffer, 11:21; 6, Colton Beckstead, 11:30; 10, Sean Cummings, 11:42; 13, Bryan Thomas, 11:58; 28, Casey McDaniel, 12:38.7; 39, George House, 13:01; 50, Evan McDaniel, 13:26.7


Team scoring: 1, Corvallis 26, Stayton 38, Cascade 65, South Albany 87.

PHS Results: 4, Audrey Gerding, 14:57.

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