North Lake Cross Country competed in two events last week, culminating in the team’s collective best times of the season to date.

Starting with the La Pine Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 9, North Lake was among four schools competing in both middle school and high school two-mile races – the field split as a sixth grade race, a 7-8 grade race, and high school varsity.

In the boys 7-8 race, Kenden Warkentin led the Cowboys with an 11th place finish (13:59), followed by Luke Roth (15:15, 19th) and Gabriel Kegley (17:11, 26th). The varsity mens race was led by freshman Ryan Warkentin (15:50.30, 28th), with teammates Luke Sanders (18:09.30, 37th) and David Taylor (18:13.40, 38th) finishing back-to-back. The lone female varsity runner for North Lake this year, Judah Koehler, had the only recorded time in the varsity race at 14:18.

Two days later North Lake was at it again, with their best collective meet of the year competing at the Champoeg Invitational on Friday, Oct. 11.

Koehler set her personal best, and first sub-22 minute time of her career, finishing 60th overall in the women’s varsity 5K at 21:50.74.

In the men’s race every North Lake competitor either set a new personal record or season’s best time. Junior Trent Tobiasson had the top time for the Cowboys (19:27.50), his season’s best time and good enough for 46th place. Sanders set his career best at 27:08.88 for 161st place, more than two minutes faster than his best set the previous week at the Oxford Classic. David Taylor placed 165th at 29:36.88, also a new personal best time.

North Lake High School cross country will next compete at the Henley Invitational on Wednesday, Oct. 23, while the middle school squad competed on Tuesday at the Realms Middle School XC Meet at Central Oregon Community College.

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