EUGENE – Maddie Fuhrman knew she wanted to be in the back of a pack.
Coming down the windy backstretch at Lane Community College at the 5A state cross country meet Saturday, the Silverton High School senior desperately wanted to draft behind anyone she could find.
It turned out that earned her a fifth-place finish.
Though eventual champion Olivia Brooks of Summit took off fast away from everyone, Fuhrman settled into the second pack and went on to finish fifth in 18:54 on the 5,000-meter course.
“I knew the conditions weren’t going to be perfect so it was going to be a lot different than last year,” said Fuhrman, who placed ninth in the meet as a junior. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a pack oriented as last year.
“I wanted to be behind the girls just to draft because it was so windy. It was hard to find a spot to stay in because I was moving around a lot.”
Central sophomore Bailie Hartford placed eighth in 19:26.
In the boys race Silverton’s Haile Stutzman placed 39th in 17:12 to lead the Foxes to an eighth place finish as a team.
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