Index: From a Mile to a 100 of them

You never know where you’ll end up. Staff member Cole Watson grew up specializing in the 800m and mile. Now, years later, as an adult he has progressed to 50ks, 100ks, and most recently his first 100 miler.

Cole placed 3rd in the Javelina Jundred 100 MILER in Phoenix, AZ with a time of 13 hours and 43 minutes (13:49:33)

Nice work Cole! Not bad for a mid-distance guy 😉

Index: 2021 XC State Championships Breakdown

Wowsers!  What a 2021 State XC Meet(S) for Campers, Coaches, Parents and Aficionados! 

187 Steens Campers qualified and raced in their respective State XC Meets.

146 campers from Oregon, 16 from Idaho, 11-Alaska, 9-Washington, 3-Wyoming, 1-Connecticut and 1-S. Carolina.  California not included as State Meet is held November 27th.

Broken down their race efforts finished like this:

44 — TOP 10 PODIUM FINISHERS:

3 — STATE CHAMPIONS– Allie Bruce-Boise (ID), Zac Knapp-Enterprise and James Crabtree-Sherwood.

7 — SILVER MEDALISTS–Samantha Smith- Boise (ID), Megan Cover-Catlin Gabel, Isaiah Rodriguez- Knappa, Wyatt Montgomery-LaPine, Sofia Stubblefield-Phoenix, Anna Prussian-Sitka (AK) and Chad Hughes-Siuslaw.

4 — BRONZE MEDALISTS—Grace Yaconelli-Ashland, Wesley Shipsey-C. Catholic, Trevor Nichols-Heppner and Kyla Potratz-Phoenix.

5 — 4th PLACE MEDALISTS—Henry Coughlin-Crescent Valley, Elwood Hosking-Phoenix, Caleb Brown-Pine Eagle, Jordan White-Neah-Kah-Nie and Isabel Swain-N. Salem.

5 — 5th PLACE MEDALISTS—Kaden Helder-Boise (ID), Jake Sorani-Cascade Christian, Rylee Colton-Siuslaw, Taylor Fox- Union/Cove and Caleb Lakeman-Tualatin.

4 — 6th PLACE MEDALISTS—Nathan Stein-Ashland, Ansen Converse-Bandon, Benjamin Bourne-Santiam Christian and Sadie Gump-Vernonia.

7 — 7th PLACE MEDALISTS—Logan Smith-Boise (ID), Kate Middleton-Corvallis, Kendall York-Lincoln, Aiden Smith-Lincoln, Silas Demert-Sitka (AK), Kyle Hughes-Siuslaw and Alex McIntyre-Weston McEwen.

3 — 8th PLACE MEDALISTS—Emma Lutz-Blanchet Catholic, Bayden Menton-Enterprise, and Michael Maiorano-S. Medford.

4 — 9th PLACE MEDALISTS—Holly Hutton-Bandon, Annika Zuschlag-Boise (ID) and Masson Shaw-Burns and Barrett Justema- Summit.

2 — 10th PLACE MEDALISTS—Jeffery Rogers-Sherwood and Eli Williams-Union/Cove

31 — 11th through 21st PLACINGS!

Campers listed above, other Steens tentmates and in some cases non campers (not yet anyway 😉) combined to bring home: 15 STATE TROPHIES!

STATE CHAMPS—BANDON GIRLS, BOISE GIRLS, CHUGIAK (AK) GIRLS, ENTERPRISE BOYS, SIUSLAW BOYS/GIRLS, SUMMIT GIRLS and UNION/COVE BOYS.

STATE 2nd PLACEBANDON BOYS, CENTRAL CATHOLIC BOYS and SITKA (AK) BOYS.

STATE 3rd PLACE—BOISE BOYS, LINCOLN GIRLS and BOYS, S. ALBANY BOYS and UNION/COVE GIRLS.

STATE 4th PLACE—ZERO. NADA.

JUST MISSED– 5th PLACEIDA B. WELLS GIRLS, HOMER (AK) BOYS, SANTIAM CHRISTIAN BOYS and SHERWOOD BOYS.

NOTABLE: S. Albany Boys 3rd Place highest ever! Siuslaw Girls under the radar-but not under the weather. A surprise win to all except the Lady Viks and their Coach. Gotta love your 6th girl’s 48th place if you are a Tiger from Bandon! 

The “Oh Crap, it’s Over Moment” when Sherwood’s James Crabtree (who had led from the gun) got caught by C. Catholics (and fellow Steens Camper) Wesley Shipsey and Franklins Charlie North with less than 400 meters to go. James found “a raging Steens Bull” caught another gear and WON in the days best time of 15:04.5!

The State Meets Biggest Smiles Awards go to:

WELL DONE STEENS CAMPERS, COACHES AND MENTORS! CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE THE VERY BEST!

And to think, we have TRACK AND FIELD to look forward to. We at Steens can Hardly Wait!

Index: USA Trail Marathon Championships 2021

Camp staff members Max, Sam, and Jackson (all Steens ex-campers) raced the USA Trail Marathon Championships a few days ago and placed 2nd, 2nd, and 6th, respectively. Nice work you three!

Index: Campers Qualify for State (2021)

One hundred fifty four Steens Campers have earned the right to race at Lane CC in Eugene, Oregon and Sun Willows in Pasco, Washington this Saturday November 6th.

Steens Campers combined to win 18 Individual League/Conference/District Titles. They represented schools who won 21 Team Titles.

Further analysis reveals 65 camper girls representing 26 schools and 89 camper boys from 36 schools will be in the hunt for Team and Individual awards.

The predicted race time weather conditions WILL FAVOR  Steens Campers racing in Oregon.. Rainy, (80 % chance) the course a bit sloppy, some mud and a race day high of 48 degrees or lower, should bring confident smiles especially if it gets a bit windy!

Washington Campers will just have to wish for such luck… Predicted to be Cloudy and 55 on a golf course!

A Big Steens Congrats to ALL Campers BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your races on Saturday!

Index: Boise Girls Win State with 27 pts

Boise Girls Win Idaho State 5A XC CHAMPIONSHIPS–27 POINTS! 

Sophomores, Allie Bruce and Samantha Smith finished 1-2 while teammates Logan Smith (7th), Annika Zuschlag (9th), Lydia Nance (11th) and the Braves 6th Girl Jamie Hamlin ran 18:48 to finish 12th.

The Boise girls are currently ranked #1 in the Hoka Postal Nationals 2 mile with an 11 minute Average. 

Training as Steens Campers this past summer the Idahoans  finished 1-2-3-5-7-9-14 in the STEENS UPHILL 5K RACE!   

They also added a Cross Canyon Race in their win column and were the STEENS OLYMPIC Backpack Champions!

Way TO GO TENT 8!

Index: MT Smith Hall of Fame

Michael T. Smith was inducted to the North Salem High School Hallf of Fame last Friday.

Congratulations MT from all of your Steens Family!

Index: Ironman Race Report

Ironman Maple Valley 70.3 race report from Jeni and Will (part of our medical team)

Some wind, some rain (at times pouring!) Definetly not a 60 degree flat course! Lake Wilderness for the swim, then a scenic and hilly bike course through the Green River gorge and the community of Maple Valley, finishing with a relatively flat run on local paths, finishing back at the lake.

1.2 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run
Jeni – 6:27.56
Will – 8:11.36 (29 minute PR after fixing 2 flat tires during bike)

We were both grateful to be back to racing, and happy with our days and finishes. Throughout the day HY/Steens mantra resonated with both of is- ‘give baloons’ encouraging others really does help get you through the rough parts. Thank you 🤗

Index: Goodbye Annoying Rocks

After 2020 camp sessions staff members, Max King and Jackson Brill, took a trip back up to the mountain to explore the Steens backcountry for new and exciting training routes.

While up there they worked on upper body stamina by “MaxJacksHammering” the road boulders coming down the road into camp.

Index: “Reunion” at Oregon Relays 2021

WOW! It’s going to be a Steens Camper/Camp Assistant Reunion of sorts today 4/23 and tomorrow 4/24 at the Oregon Relays held at Hayward Field.

Steens Headliners Include:
David Ribich – Brooks Beasts,
Ella Donaghu – Stanford(15:36.52)
Oliva Johnson – Boise St.(4:23.44)
Maddie Boreman – Colorado(4:23.03-2:07)
Jackson Mestler – Oregon
Sailor Hutton – Boise St.
Hunter Hutton – W. Oregon
Justin Crosswhite – W. Oregon
Francesa Ierulli – Oregon
Caramia Mestler – Oregon
Kylie O’Connor – Santa Barbara TC(400 H)
Luke Rameriz – Portland St.
Josh Snyder – Portland St.
Dominic Arce – Gonzaga
Melissa Berry – Oregon

Running Events start at 6PM. Watch live webcast on RunnersSpace.

Please no campfires on the infield😀

Index: Andrea Outstanding Harney County

Andrea Letham was recently named as Harney County’s Woman of the Year. The award was given to Andrea by the Harney County Chamber of Commerce. Congrats to the former State Championship XC Coach and many time Steens KP Wrangler! Way to Go Andrea! Your Steens Family is very proud of you and your accomplishments! 

For more on why Andrea Letham received this award go to the following article