Cardenas paces UHS girls to 4th

Umatilla's girls cross country team claimed the school's first state trophy since 1997 with a strong showing, paced by sophomore Nancy Cardenas (far left) who finished 4th.

By David Bashore

Herald sports reporter

Eugene — The course at the State Cross Country Championships was fast and testing, just the way Umatilla sophomore Nancy Cardenas likes them.

For at least the fourth time this season, according to Umatilla head coach Rick Wyland, Cardenas set a school 5k record with a time or 19 minutes, 31 seconds and finished fourth in the 3A/2A/1A girls classification at the meet in Eugene on Saturday.

Cardenas' results also helped the Viking ladies edge out Lakeview by just four points for fourth place, the last trophy place at a state competition.

The girls' cross-country trophy is the first state trophy in any sport at Umatilla high school since the Vikings claimed the 2A state boys basketball championship in 1997, and is a great indicator of how far the program has come along under Wyland's tutelage.

"We came in ranked third in the state, so we wanted to get a trophy and we did that," Wyland said after the girls were presented with their team trophy. "Nancy ran a phenomenal race, and we've still got two more years with her."

All of the top four finishers in the girls' heat were freshmen or sophomores, setting up the prospects of a great battle down the road.

On the boys side, Terry Johnsen finished 16th in an outstanding field, and the Vikings missed out on a trophy in the team results by finishing eighth in their state meet debut.

The junior got out in front after the first quarter-mile, but was never expected to maintain that position in a field that his own coach described as completely loaded with talent.

"I'm impressed with how Terry ran in such a good field," Wyland said. "We would have liked to get a trophy, but eighth isn't too bad for the first time through with the boys."

Girls team results:

1. Catlin Gabel, 74; 2. Coquille, 130; 3. Westside Christian, 138; 4. Umatilla, 152. 

Girls individual results:

1 . Ashley Baldovino, Lakeview, 18:47; 2. Brooke Keudell, Regis, 19:16; 3. Hayley Ney, Catlin Gabel, 19:21; 4. Nancy Cardenas, Umatilla, 19:31; 5. Morgan Martin, St. Mary's, 19:43; 6. Eva Vaquera, Kennedy, 19:54; 7. Lindsay Gasik, St. Mary's, 19:54; 8. Lacy Looney, Myrtle Point, 19:55; 9. Meghan Blood, Valley Catholic, 19:57; 10. Jessica Lundin, Heritage Christian, 20:03; 36. Alma Garcilazo, Umatilla, 21:50; 51. Lindsey Harris, Umatilla, 22:32; 61. Elizabeth Lougee, Umatilla, 22:56; 82. Katt Korpela, Umatilla, 24:14; 101. Jessica Brown, Umatilla, 25:44; 106. Sunny Hayhurst, Umatilla, 26:36.

Boys team results:

1. Catlin Gabel, 88; 2. Westside Christian, 132; 3. McKenzie, 143; 4. Oakridge, 152; 8. Umatilla, 194.

Boys individual results


1 . David Sherman, Mckenzie, 16:26; 2. David Rannabargar, Regis, 16:29; 3. Ian Wayne, Catlin Gabel, 16:39; 4. Daniel Friesen, Westside Christian, 16:42; 5. Jacob Bowdoin, New Hope, 16:50; 6. Max Long, Oakridge, 16:53; 7. Tommie Hooper, Burns, 16:56; 8. Ben Altemus, Oakridge, 16:59; 9. Logan Scherer, Bandon, 16:59; 10. DJ Lincoln, Enterprise, 17:00; 16. Terry Johnsen, Umatilla, 17:26; 59. Peter Stice, Umatilla, 18:51; 62. Uriel Aparicio, Umatilla, 18:52; 68. Levi Russell, Umatilla, 19:01; 79. Julio Garcia, Umatilla, 19:19; 82. Mario Aparicio, Umatilla, 19:22; 88. Marshall Coleman, Umatilla, 19:34.

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