Grizzlies' Miner nabs SSC runner of the year honors

Ashland High's Matt Miner was named the Southern Sky Conference male runner of the year, but it was Crater that dominated when the postseason awards were announced recently.

The Comets had four boys and five girls earn first-team all-SSC honors, including girls runner of the year Riley Swanson. The honors weren't a surprise after the Comets won both the boys and girls state championship at the Class 5A state meet.

Crater's Justin Loftus was also named the boys and girls coach of the year.

Miner joined teammate Ryland Karlovich on the first team. Miner finished second at the state meet, behind Marshfield's Jared Bassett (15:51), with a time of 16:00.

Aria Hemphill from Ashland also made the first team. She finished 20th at the state meet with a time of 19:58.

At the state meet, the Crater girls scored the fewest points ever by any team of any gender with 16. The Comets had five of the top eight finishers at state including Kayleigh Tyerman (2nd, 19:11), Swanson (3rd, 19:12), Silver Seibert (4th, 19:13), Arianne Lafierre (6th, 19:20), Laurie Stoutenburgh (8th, 19:26). All five were named to the SSC first team.

The Crater boys edged Hermiston by two points to win the state title. Top finishers were: Zach Elliott (6th, 16:16), Wyatt Rice-Narusch (10th, 16:26). Those two were named to the first team as were Curtis Yungen and Josh Elliott. Klamath Union's Alex Peterson was the only runner not from Ashland or Crater on the first team. He finished fourth at the state meet with a time of 16:04.

All-SSC Cross Country


First Team

Matt Miner

Ryland Karlovich

Zach Elliott Crater

Wyatt Rice-Narusch Crater

Josh Elliott Crater

Curtis Yungen Crater

Alex Peterson Klamath Union

Runner of the Year &

Matt Miner,

Coach of the Year &

Justin Loftus, Crater

Second Team

Wilder Schaaf

Cord Walsh

Derek Tarnawa

Jerrod Puckett Crater

Ryan Santana Crater

Kirby Garlitz Mazama

Charles Warrington Klamath Union

Honorable Mention &

Austin Goebel, Klamath Union; Steven Reed, Klamath Union.


First Team

Riley Swanson Crater

Kayleigh Tyerman Crater

Arianne Lafierre Crater

Silver Seibert Crater

Laurie Stoutenburgh Crater

Chelsa McDonnell Klamath Union

Aria Hemphill

Runner of the Year &

Riley Swanson, Crater

Coach of the Year &

Justin Loftus, Crater

Second Team

Anya Martinez Crater

Camelia Mayfield

Erika Hultz

Emily Olson Crater

Mya Kass

Haley Beal

Sara Nelson Mazama

Honorable Mention &

Jaylin Bliss, Klamath Union.

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