First-year runner Ashley Peterson finishes fourth overall at district meet.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Ashley Peterson runs to a fourth place finish at districts on Wednesday, March 31.

Canby's cross country season came to a conclusion Wednesday, March 31, with the Tri-River Conference championship meet.

If this had been a regular cross country season, the Canby boys would have earned the league's third slot into the state meet. But there is no state meet this year. But as it's a truncated special sort of season, the individual races took center stage.

And that's where first-year cross country runner Ashley Peterson stood when it was all over. Peterson finished fourth overall (21:01.5) to top the day's performances by the Cougars.

"Ashley Peterson had a solid effort to place fourth in the district in her first season of cross country," coach Tom Millbrooke said.

Peterson was the only Canby girl to run in the varsity race.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Peterson leads a pack of runners at the district meet Wednesday, March 31.

On the boys side, Tommy O'Neil grabbed first-team all-league honors as well with his sixth place finish (17:36.51).

O'Neil was followed across the finish line by Maddox Oliver in 12th (17:51.75), Matthew Dewar (19th, 18:20.52), Jared Moon (24th, 18:55.08) and Jack Joyce (25th, 18:57.70) as scorers. Rhett Smith finished 30th in 19:17.51).

"We had a positive short season and many of these runners will now get to transition right into a shortened track and field season," Millbrooke said.

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