REDMOND — With two weeks remaining until the Intermountain Conference cross-country championships, Bend High has continued making its case as challengers to the thrones.
With four top-10 finishers in both the boys and girls races, the Lava Bears won both team titles at the Juniper Golf Course XC Invitational on Saturday.
Bend’s Trevor Wilbert took first in the 5,000-meter boys race in 16 minutes, 6.1 seconds and was followed across the finish line 9.4 seconds later by teammate Bennet Jackson. Jakob Knox and Kailash Moore finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Lava Bears, whose 27 points defeated runner-up Crook County by 30 points.
Mountain View was fourth with 58 points, and Ridgeview finished sixth in the seven-team standings with 177.
The Bend girls, whose 38 points edged Mountain View by seven, were paced by Allie Wilber’s third-place finish. Dagny Donohue was fifth, Annie McColgan was ninth, and Emma Beaver took 10th for the Lava Bears. After Mountain View was Ridgeview in third with 76 points, followed by Crook County with 91 points in the six-team standings.
Miles Chaney and Zachary Mauras went 8-9 for the Crook County boys, while Wyatt Goff took third to pace Mountain View. Ridgeview’s top finisher was Kian Bangerter, who was 25th overall.
Mountain View’s Kelsey Swenson won the girls race in a personal-best 18:00.3, and teammates Brooke Cummings and Emily Moore finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Averi Hartford finished fourth to lead Ridgeview, and Crook County’s Jan Carne was second. Emma Knepp placed 12th for Culver, which did not record a team score.