Index: International aid worker and former camper now a refugee forced to flee Ukraine

Ukrainian International Aid Worker Eric Heinonen, former Steens Camper and Camp Assistant via S. Eugene HS, ex Duck and Colorado Grad, flees from Ukraine.

Since the early days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2014, East SOS (Vostok SOS) has been among the most active organizations in Eastern Ukraine, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to provide emergency assistance to war-affected individuals. At present, East SOS is receiving humanitarian aid from abroad and redistributing it to affected towns, cities and villages in Ukraine. The foundation is also purchasing and distributing critical hygiene products and medicines to individuals in nursing homes, mothers with small children, and hospitals. 

Website: https://vostok-sos.org/en/
Donate (bank transfer): https://vostok-sos.org/en/i-wanna-help/rekvizyty-dlia-hroshovoho-perekazu/
Donate via PayPal (directly): info@vostok-sos.org
Donate via PayPal (with support from the BYSOL Foundation in Belarus): https://www.bysol.org/en/initiatives/humroute/?fbclid=IwAR3tzOIn_IrG1pfc7YdZYo9rycTO587b8oo7Ju_6Ow8QqOHFiVl308uY3G8

Index: Chris Hollis now Global Sports Marketing Manager for HOKA Trail Running

Chris Hollis was a 2 time Steens Camper from Stayton HS  in 1999 and 2000 and was a State HS 3A XC champ in 2000.

Chris as a tent assistant in 2005

While competing for Portland State Chris was a Steens Camp Tent Assistant for the summers of  2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005. In subsequent summers, he was a Steens Tent Coach

Chris was involved in numerous Steens Camp Setup Crews. He specialized and took great pride in preparing, digging out and constructing the Turkey BBQ Pits! After Chris left Steens for Flatland America His signature pits were sadly retired and replaced to make way for the Basque Family Style Dinners!

Steens Setup Crew 2006 – from left: Elizabeth Cary, John Mantalas, Scott Sanders, Chris Hollis, HYRT,  KYRT

Prior to his move to Hoka Trail he was Mizuno’s Running Brand Manager, later became Special Projects Manager for Atlanta Track Club Where he Managed the 2020 Olympic Marathon USA Trials, PeachTree Road race, and many other ATC and Atlanta Area events!


Congratulations Chris! Your Steens Family is Proud of the Trail you have crafted for yourself!

Index: Ella Donaghu helps set DMR World Record

Ella on the far left – photo by DAN PELLE/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

Ella Donaghu – an ex-camper, former camp assistant, and long time “Steens Warrior” – recently helped set the women’s DMR world record as part of the Nike Union Athletics Club.

Together, the four ladies finished the 4,000 meter race in 10:39.91 seconds – besting the world indoor record by 0.40 seconds. Ella ran her 1200 meter leg in 3:16.02, spitting the first 800m in 2:10!

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 🤗