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Senior Jennifer Torres ran a personal best time of 19 minutes, 32 seconds to place third.

PMG PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Canby senior Jennifer Torres finished third at the Three Rivers League Preview Wednesday at Clackamas Community College.

Jennifer Torres spent the summer running in altitude in Mexico.

After her performance in the Three Rivers League Preview, Canby cross country coach Tom Millbrooke joked the whole team should travel to Mexico before next year.

Torres finished third in 19 minutes and 32.23 seconds last Wednesday at Clackamas Community College.

Her best time last season was 20:50. She placed 40th at the Three Rivers League Championship last season.

Millbrooke said Torres was in eighth place about a mile into Wednesday's race before moving up the field.

"She really finished well and was looking really good," Millbrooke added.

Torres finished less than three seconds behind Canby teammate Izabela Kacalek, who placed second in 19:29.71.

"It had to be Jennifer Torres' best race ever and Izzy ran a real solid race," Millbrooke said. "That was certainly the highlight for us, the two girls running outstandingly well."

Tualatin's Kaitlyn Gearin won the varsity girls race in 19:04.04.

Matthew Powell paced Canby's boys, finishing eighth in 17:21.54.

The top seven at the Three Rivers League Championship, which will take place on the same course on Oct. 30, qualify for the state meet.

"He ran a solid, competitive race early," Millbrooke said. "Matthew has ran a lot of miles, but our whole team is not race ready. He got in the mix and ran well, but seven weeks from now he's going to have to run better."

Canby sophomores Joel Ibarra and Tommy O'Neil finished 32nd and 34th in 18:05.78 and 18:07.07.

Juniors Andrew Viter and Riley Pittman placed 39th and 41st in 18:15.77 and 18:20.35.

"We're going to have to take all of those 18 minute kids and seven weeks from now they're going to have to be in the high 16s or at the very worst the low 17s," Millbrooke said. "But there's a good group of kids back there. The ones that are going to be willing to work and invest themselves in the next seven weeks, I think you're going to see a lot different performance."

Canby's boys finished fifth out of seven teams. Canby's girls placed sixth out of eight teams.

"The nice thing for us is we're seven weeks away from the district meet that really counts," Millbrooke said. "The meet gives us a pretty good indication of where we are right now and where the rest of the league is. We have a great group of young kids, but we're just not race sharp or race ready right now, and we usually aren't the second week in September. But by the end of October I expect us to be a little different team."

Derek Wiley
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