The Roseburg High School cross country teams head to Eugene on Wednesday for the Southwest Conference district meet at Lane Community College.
The girls varsity race begins at 2 p.m., followed by the boys at 2:45. Both distances are 5,000 meters.
Leading the Roseburg boys is senior Zachary Traul, who owns the second-fastest season best in the SWC with a time of 15:39.0. Junior Vincent Mestler of Sheldon has the top mark (15:35.5).
Also representing the Indians are sophomores Nicholas Looper (17:04.0), Preston Smith (17:24.1), Brian Powell (18:12.0) and Ephraim Webber (18:23.9), senior Steen Olson (18:14.0) and freshman Micah Lusby (18:24.0).
“Our boys team is very young and is going to gain some invaluable experience racing in a highly-competitive district meet,” RHS coach Nathan Eckman said.
Sophomore Eliza Eckman is the No. 1 runner for the Roseburg girls. She owns a season best of 18:59.0, which ranks fifth in the SWC. Senior Madison Elmore of South Eugene (17:46.5) and sophomore Hannah Seubert of South Eugene (18:43.3) own the top two times.
The remainder of Roseburg’s lineup will consist of seniors Samantha Eichman (20:20.0) and Sophia Tate (21:05.0), junior Miriam Childers (22:03.0), sophomore Trinity Minyard (21:57.3) and freshmen Charis Childers (20:19.0) and Corinne Childers (20:56.0).
“I can’t wait to see our girls compete for one of the conference’s three state slots,” Nathan Eckman said.
The top three teams and any individuals not a member of a qualifying team who finish in the top seven advance to the Class 6A Championships on Nov. 9 at LCC.