Athletes of the Week
(For the week of Aug. 28-Sept. 2)
Sophie Long, Astoria
The freshman made her high school cross country debut a successful one Sept. 2, in the “Ultimook Race Nike Invitational,” at Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook.
Out of 127 runners in the varsity 5,000-meter race, Long finished 13th in 23 minutes, 54 seconds — the best finish for the Lady Fishermen, who placed third in the team standings. It was the first time Long had run a 5,000-meter race. Teammate McKenzie Burnett was 15th in 24:11.
Trevor Byrd, Astoria
The 2017 boys soccer season opener was a memorable game for Astoria’s Trevor Byrd.
Facing the Corbett Cardinals, the senior forward scored three goals — all in the first half — in a 6-1 Fishermen victory at Volunteer Field.
Byrd’s hat trick was a big positive for Astoria, which must replace a handful of scorers lost to graduation in 2016.