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Hawks are ready to get running

Hannah Cesario looks for a return trip to the state meet


TUALATIN — Quality and quantity.

It looks like the Horizon Christian High School cross country teams can boast some of each this season.

The Horizon Christian boys look to have some of each, as the Hawks are fielding what coach Scott Olson calls a very deep squad.

Meanwhile, the Horizon Christian girls team may lack in quantity, but the quality is certainly there with junior Hannah Cesario.by: DAN BROOD - FAST HAWK -- Hannah Cesario will be trying to earn her second straight trip to the state cross country meet.

Last year, Cesario qualified to run at the Class 3A state meet after finishing fourth, individually, at the Special District 7 championships with a time of 21 minutes and 11 seconds for the 5,000-meter race.

“She’s looking to have another big season and has her sights set on some very fast times,” Olson said. “She’s an incredible runner who trains as hard as anyone.”

Also running for the Horizon girls will be freshman Lindy McDonald, who is giving cross country a try for the first time.

Leading the way for the Horizon Christian boys team will be junior Nathan McGill. Last year, McGill finished in 14th place at the district meet with a mark of 18:26.

“He leads our deepest team yet,” Olson said.

Senior Blake Phillips also returns from last year’s team. He was 19th at the district meet with a time of 18:52.

“He gives us excellent leadership and is a very talented runner,” Olson said.

Senior Ben McMonagle is back for his fourth year with the Hawks.

“He continues to work hard and improves every year,” Olson said. “He’s looking for a great senior season.”

Junior Austin Forrester is back for his second year.

Among the key newcomers to the squad is senior basketball standout Connor Marleau.

Junior Luke Auxier could be another key newcomer.

“He brings an incredible work ethic and speed to our guys team,” Olson said.

Meanwhile, Alex Olson could make an impact as a freshman.

“He could be our fastest runner,” Scott Olson said. “He’s very talented and has an incredible motor.

Sophomores Christian Williams and Sean Satterwhite could also make some noise.

“I’m excited about our very hard-working group,” Scott Olson said. “The guys team is team and will make a run at one of the top three spots in league.”



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