All-Mid-Valley girls cross country team

All-Mid-Valley girls cross country team

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All-Mid-Valley girls cross country team

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Anna Chau (left) Ginger Murnieks (right)

Anna Chau (left) Ginger Murnieks (right)

Maddie Fuhrman

Maddie Fuhrman

One was already an established star in high school cross country striving for new heights; the other two were fresh on the scene.

Silverton High senior Maddie Fuhrman, South Salem freshman Anna Chau and Sprague freshman Ginger Murnieks are the finalists for the All-Mid-Valley girls cross country runners of the year.

The athlete of the year will be announced at the first Mid-Valley Sports Awards banquet June 7 at the Salem Convention Center.

Fuhrman reached new levels this season.

She set a personal record at the 5,000-meter distance of 18:05.2 – her previous PR was 18:49.9 – she won her first Mid-Willamette Conference district championship and placed a personal-best fifth at the OSAA Class 5A state cross country meet.

Already a standout at the youth levels, Chau made an immediate impact on the high school cross country scene.

She was running low 18-minute 5,000-meter races early in the season then brought the wow-factor by winning the Greater Valley Conference district meet in a stunning 17:53.21 and followed that up by placing fourth in the OSAA Class 6A state cross country meet in 18:35.

Not only was Murnieks an unknown in high school cross country, it was unknown if she would run cross country.

Also a starter on Sprague’s girls soccer team, she put down blazing fast times in the six cross country meets – out of the 11 on Sprague’s schedule – in which she competed.

She set a personal record of 18:03.92 in placing second at the Greater Valley Conference district meet then placed 14th at the 6A state meet in 19:03.

Here’s a look at the entire Statesman Journal All-Mid-Valley girls cross country team.

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Anna Chau

Anna Chau

Anna Chau

School: South Salem

Year: Freshman

District result: Greater Valley Conference champion (17:53.21).

State result: Fourth at Class 6A state meet (18:35).

Brooke Chuhlantseff

Brooke Chuhlantseff

Brooke Chuhlantseff

School: West Salem

Year: Senior

District result: Third in Greater Valley Conference (18:47.92).

State result: 15th in Class 6A state meet (19:05).

Maddie Fuhrman

Maddie Fuhrman

Maddie Fuhrman

School: Silverton

Year: Senior

District result: Mid-Willamette Conference champion (18:38.14).

State result: Fifth in Class 5A state meet (18:54).

Ginger Murnieks

Ginger Murnieks

Ginger Murnieks

School: Sprague

Year: Freshman

District result: Second in Greater Valley Conference (18:03.92).

State result: 14th in Class 6A state meet (19:03).

Madison Willhoft

Madison Willhoft

Madison Willhoft

School: North Salem

Year: Sophomore

District result: Fourth in Greater Valley Conference (18:51.57).

State result: 17th in Class 6A state meet (19:09).

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