Ready to run?: Homer, O-Fest races coming up

July 2015 Posted in School, Sports

James DayBy James Day

The weather is heating up and so is the running season for recreational joggers and competitive runners.

Th 2015 Homer’s Classic will be held Sunday, Aug. 9. The event starts and finishes on the track at the Schlador Street high school campus and it includes an 8K covered bridge run, a 2-mile fun run and a 2-mile walk.

Ribbons go to the top three runners in each age category and the top 10 overall in the 2-mile run. Overall male, female and masters winners will receive trophies and all runners are eligible for prize drawings after the run.

Early registration (by Aug. 5) is $28 with a technical T-shirt and $15 without a shirt. Day-of-the-race registration is $20, with T-shirts $15 if available. Register online at For information email Steve Ritchie at or call 503-559-4346.

The races benefit youth running programs in Silverton and Mount Angel.

A little farther out are the Oktoberfest races on Sept. 19.  On tap are a 5K run-walk, a 10K run and a half-marathon. Participants receive a complimentary beer at Oktoberfest, which will be celebrating its 50th year. To register or for more information go to

College update: Here is a look at how former Silverton-area athletes fared in college competition this spring.

Stephanie Wells, a junior at Montana, participated in the NCAA outdoor championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. Wells, who advanced to the NCAAs with a 152-7 throw at the regionals in Austin, Texas, did not have her best day in Eugene, finishing 24th at 144-0. Her career best is 155-6 and she threw 153-8 earlier in the season.

Morgan Anderson, a sophomore at Oregon State, finished the season ranked No. 1 for the Beavers in the 1,500 (4:24.55) and second in the 800 (2:12.05). Anderson competed at the regionals in Austin but did not advance.

J’Rhett Baker, a freshman javelin thrower at Corban University, took fourth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference championships with a throw of 167-0, just below his seasonal best of 167-11.

Chase Davis, a junior at Eastern Washington who transferred from Clackamas Community College, took ninth in the Big Sky Conference pole vault with a 15-8 mark. Davis also took fifth at 15-93/4 at the Big Sky indoor meet.

Devin Geiger, a sophomore at George Fox, finished third in the high jump (6-21/4) and 12th in the long jump (20-4) at the Northwest Conference championships. Geiger turned in seasonal bests of 6-6 in the high jump and 21-43/4 in the two events.

Aaron Molstad, a senior at George Fox, took ninth in the 1,500 at the NWC meet in 4:10.77.

Kelsey Rosborough, a sophomore at Linfield, won four doubles matches with partner Lukas Kleinman as the No. 1 doubles squad for the Wildcats. Rosborough also participated at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles.

Andrew Axmaker, a Silverton resident who attended Country Christian High School, was a freshman infielder for the Chemeketa Community College baseball team. Axmaker hit .170 in 17 games for the 19-23 Storm, with one double, one triple and seven RBIs.

All-sports success: The final totals are in for the Oregonian Cup, the all-sports competition that covers athletics, academics and sportsmanship. Kennedy finished fourth in Class 2A, trailing only Burns, Union and Bandon. Silverton, meanwhile, was sixth behind Summit, Marist, Crescent Valley, Wilsonville and Corvallis in Class 5A

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