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Thursday's Canby Invitational meet at Molalla River State Park got the season off on a positive note.

After a strange 2020 cross country season in 2021, the Canby High cross country season took on a bit more of a typical feel Thursday at the Canby Invitational at Molalla River State Park.

High school runners toed the line, the gun went off, and runners of all ages and abilities took to the course like any normal cross country meet.

When it was over, the Canby boys had captured the team title with 20 points. Unfortunately, on the girl's side, too few teams had complete rosters to make it race of it.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Canby High's cross country team got its season started Thursday at the Canby Invitational at Molalla River State Park.

Maddox Oliver led the way for the Canby boys squad, who traversed the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 4.07 seconds, good enough for third overall. Fortunately, he had a lot of company in the top 10.

Tommy O'Neil followed in fourth place with a time of 18:28.23. Joining them were Joel Ibarra in seventh place (19:14.11), Rhett Smith in 10th (19:32.28) and Ryan Petterson in 12th (19:39.14) to round out the varsity scorers in the meet.

Also getting some varsity action was Leland Blair (17th, 20:35.34).

On the girl's side, Kaitlyn Doman had the best individual performance of the afternoon, snagging second place with a time of 24:10.44. Melia Stoddart added a sixth-place finish in 25:58.65.

On another front, Andrew Dewar snagged a first-place finish over 3,000 meters in the frosh/soph race. He clocked a time of 11:53.61. Jackson Wood was third in the same race with a time of 13:37.26.


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