Challengers News · Cross Country: Sorani Wins District 4 Meet


Like that Energizer Bunny, Jake Sorani keeps going and going. With a simple goal of winning, the Cascade Christian junior ran an 18:12 for the victory, outrunning second-place Brandon Moehlmann of Creswell by 45-seconds to capture the District 4 Cross Country Meet Thursday.

And this was at a relaxed pace. Challengers assistant coach Sandra Cummings explains that in his training cycle, Thursday is a lighter training day. Coming up in just two days, Jake will run in regionals, and the big prize is the state cross country meet next Saturday. With four 2021 wins under his belt, Sorani will be a force to be reckoned with.

The Challengers don’t have enough runners to compile team scores, but the top seven individuals move on with the top two teams. Austin Skelton clocked a 23:22.

On the girls side, Katelyn Willard and Rose Hehn represented Cascade. A day after her final high school soccer game, she ran a 23:12- good enough for a ninth place run. For Hehn, she was just returning from being out for a month with an injury, so it wasn’t about a time, it was more about just being out there again.