Roseburg High School junior Hunter Agsten was one of 14 individual qualifiers for this year’s Class 6A state cross country championships at Lane Community College in Eugene.
“I feel pretty good,” Agsten said. “I’m pretty happy and glad that all my effort has taken me here.”
The 6A boys race, the final race of the day, is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
“I would love for Hunter to continue to build on the amazing season he has had already,” Roseburg coach Nathan Eckman said. “A top 50, 40 or even 30 finish is not out of the question. Hunter has had a great training week and will be ready to have a little fun on Saturday battling the top runners in the state.”
Agsten’s personal best 16:21.0, which earned him a fourth place finish at the Southwest Conference Championship in Medford, is the 44th best time coming into the competition.
“I’m hoping to PR once more, but I’m going to have fun,” Agsten said, adding that he’s expecting several members from the varsity team to cheer him on as well as friends and family.
The 5,000-meter course at Lane Community College is one that Agsten has run before. In his sophomore year he finished the course in 17:32.1.
“Being close to home is always a benefit,” Eckman said. “I am really excited to watch Hunter race at state as he races much like he trains; patiently and smartly. I am really excited to see him close out this season as well as the final kilometers at state.”
Agsten competes in swimming and track and field as well. Competing in three cardio sports helps him stay in shape and have a good base coming into each season.
“Hunter is an optimist and is also an incredibly patient person and athlete and is willing to wait for long term work and effort to pay off,” Eckman said.
In addition to being a three-sport athlete the junior is also president of the RHS Interact club and has a 3.5 GPA.
“I’ve been pretty happy (with our season) and as a team we really came together and gained confidence,” Agsten said. “We’ve all helped each other improve.”