Community sports notes: Storm runners advance to nationals

Emily Wilson places third at regional race

By Paul Danzer, Columbian community sports reporter

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The Evergreen Storm Track Club qualified two teams and three individuals for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national championships.

Storm teams placed second in the girls midget division race and third in the girls youth division race during the Region 13 championships on Saturday at Mead High School in Spokane.

Emily Wilson's third-place finish paced the Storm in the 3,000-meter midget division race for girls born in 2000 and 2001. Her time of 11 minutes and 20 seconds was 25 seconds behind winner Taylor Roe.

The Storm midget division girls finished 28 points behind champion Bowerman Athletic Club in team points. Also scoring points for the Storm in that race were Serena Smith (11:35), Ashlin O'Neill (11:47), Emma Jenkins (11:51) and Jenna Efraimson (12:11). The Storm had 11 runners in the midget girls race.

In the youth division for girls born in 1998-99, the Storm placed third behind Whatcom Tesseract and Bowerman Athletic Club. Marley Lafore placed 10th overall, completing the 4,000-meter race in 15:35. Also scoring team points for the Storm in the youth girls race were Savanna Craig (15:37), Samantha Rosenkranz (16:06), Meghan Finley (16:22) and Ellie Echeverio (16:30).

In the youth division race for boys born in 1998-99, Miguel DeLaMelena of the Evergreen Storm qualified for nationals when he placed eighth with a time of 13:59 over 4,000 meters.

An eighth-grader at Frontier Middle School, DeLaMelena followed up his Saturday race by winning a race on Sunday at the Nike Future Clash in Beaverton.

There, the 13-year-old finished the 2,000-meter course in 7:14. Bryce Nichols of Camas finished eighth in the Future Clash (8:22).

Storm runners Wilson and Rosenkranz were the top two girls in Sunday's Future Clash race. Wilson finished in 8:27 and Rosenkranz in 8:28.

The top 20 finishers in each race at the Region 13 Junior Olympics championships, plus the top three teams in each division at regionals, qualify to run at the USATF National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships.

In addition to De La Melena, the Storm had two boys -- Jordan Moore and Evan Yackell -- qualify for nationals in the intermediate division for those born in 1996-97.

Evergreen Storm Track Club founder Scott Slamp said as many as 16 members of the team will travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the national championship races, which take place on Dec. 8.

Nosack scores 2 goals

James Nosack of Ridgefield scored two goals over the weekend to help the Timbers Under-18 Academy split matches against Cal Odyssey and first-place San Jose Earthquakes U-18 Academy. Nosack scored one goal in a 4-3 win over Cal Odyssey on Saturday, and had the only Tibers Academy goal in a 2-1 Sunday loss to division leader San Jose Earthquakes Academy.

The Timbers U-16 Academy team won both of its weekend games in California.

The Timbers Academy teams next play Nov. 29 toDec. 4 at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.