Cross country season kicks off in Vale – malheurenterprise.com


The Dash n’ Splash, a two mile race followed by free swimming, rang in the 2019-2020 cross country season for area runners.

An exhausted runner holds onto Vale assistant coach Cassie Young after crossing the finish. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

VALE — Area cross country athletes had their first meet Thursday, Aug. 29, in Vale. The Dash n’ Splash – a two mile race around Wadleigh Park – is a more causal way to start the season, ending in free swimming for runners at the Vale pool.

Vale hosted Nyssa, Ontario, Burns, Baker, Four Rivers and Adrian cross country teams at the meet.

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A pack of runners during the Dash n’ Splash race. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A Vale runner pushes through his first lap at the Dash n’ Splash meet Thursday, Aug. 29. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A Vale runner begins her second lap at the Dash n’ Splash race. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

Two runners race for the finish line at the Dash n’ Splash meet. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A runner pushes herself through the finish line at the first meet of the season. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A Baker athlete rounds the corner towards the finish line, heading towards a first place finish. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A Vale runner races towards the finish line. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A Burns athlete finishes her two laps at the Dash n’ Splash Thursday, Aug. 29. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

Vale coach Mary Chamberlain encourages runners to push all the way to the finish line. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

A runner high fives her coach after finishing the race. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

Have a news tip? Reporter Isabella Garcia: isabellagenterprise@gmail.com or 541-473-3377.

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