Wildcat XC competes in Nike Portland Invite


Kim Spir

Pictured above is Sam Prusse in the first hundred-meters of the Girls' Division 1 Varsity Race.

Wilsonville Cross Country made some noise in the 2019 Nike Portland XC Invite this past Saturday. 

Senior Samantha Prusse came in second for the Division One Varsity race, finishing with a time of 18:50. Sophomore Gabriella Prusse placed 17th and junior Sydney Burns placed 28th. Both Sarah Somerscales and Fiona Dunn got their personal records to bump the Wilsonville Girls’ team score to second place. 

When asked about her racing strategy, Somerscales explained, “I just focus on the girl ahead of me–when I pass her, I focus on the next one.” With Somerscales shaving over 30 seconds off of her time, her approach seems to be effective.

On the boys’ side of the meet, freshman Mason Weisgerber came in 22nd with a time of just under 17 minutes. Weisgerber finished first for Wilsonville Boys, with Ben McClelland just seven seconds behind him, and Jacob McClelland following less than 20 seconds after that.

The Wilsonville boys ended up getting seventh out of twenty-five in team scoring, but the teams with whom they competed were mostly 6A or from out of state.

Just over a third of the way done with their season, Wilsonville Cross Country is showing a great deal of potential, and it will definitely be interesting to see how they fare next weekend when they compete in the 16th Annual Harrier Classic.

I just focus on the girl ahead of me–when I pass her, I focus on the next one.”

— Sarah Somerscales