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Foley, Elliott set the 5A pace.

Byline: CLASS 5A CROSS COUNTRY By Steve Mims The Register-Guard

Kellie Foley kept the state cross country title in the family, with last year's champion cheering her on to victory.

The Crook County sophomore followed in the footsteps of her sister Michelly to win the 5A girls race at the OSAA Cross Country Championships in 18 minutes, 32 seconds Saturday afternoon at Lane Community College.

Michelly Foley won the title last year and was in attendance after finishing 42nd for Washington State in the Pac-10 championships Friday at Springfield Country Club.

"She did really good at Pac-10s, and it gives you inspiration when your sister is there cheering you on," Kellie Foley said.

Crater's Kayleigh Tyerman pushed the pace at the start before Foley passed her at the midway mark.

"There was no strategy at all; once she slowed down a bit I just went because I felt so good," Foley said. "As soon as I went, I looked back and said, `Oh, should I go so soon?' I kept pushing because I knew all the hard work in practice paid off."

Foley cruised to victory more than 20 seconds ahead of Tyerman (18:55).

"Once I started feeling good I said, `Why underestimate myself, I may as well just go,'" Foley said. "I'm really glad I made that move and didn't just stay behind her."

After leading the first half of the race, Tyerman finished second for the second year in a row to a member of the Foley family.

"I think I may have gotten a little anxious, but usually I can keep that pace better, but today just wasn't my day," Tyerman said. "It was Kellie's day and she did awesome. That was my slowest 5K of the year by 30 some seconds, so I am a little disappointed, but it is what it is."

Summit's Alyssa O'Connor, Megan Fristoe and Kellie Schueler finished 3-4-5 to lead the Storm to the team title with 25 points. Crater was second with 73.

Crater junior Josh Elliott won the 5A boys title to help the Comets win their third straight team title.

Elliott was part of a large pack throughout much of the race before moving into the lead during the last mile and winning in 15:44.

"We first started off and I was expecting some of the guys that usually go out fast to go out pretty fast and they did, but I said, `I'm not going to leave this up to my kick because it is not the best,' so I tried to make my move at the ponds and beat them by pure determination," Elliott said. "That's what I did, I kept telling myself how much I wanted it."

Hermiston's Jordan Ringe finished second, 10 seconds behind Elliott.

"I was afraid to look back, to be honest," Elliott said. "I thought if I look back, they will be right there."

Elliott helped the Comets win the title with 42 points. Cleveland was second with 110.

Springfield finished in seventh place led by Tim Costin and Dylan Arana, who placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Costin ran with the lead pack for much of the race and finished in 16:15, one second ahead of Arana.

"I knew a lot of people wanted to draft awhile and then hit the last mile hard," said Costin, the Midwestern League champion. "When they started going at the end, I went with them, but soon my legs felt real heavy and I started having trouble breathing, so I couldn't quite go with them. I couldn't quite execute the way I wanted to at the start of the third mile. That's where I lost them awhile, but it is a learning experience I guess."
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Nov 2, 2008
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