Molalla, Canby and Country Christian squads battle for placings and state meet qualifications

Canby harriers eye state qualification at district

Canby's cross-country team will wrap up its regular season with the Three Rivers League Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oregon City High School.

Junior varsity races get underway at 2:30 p.m., with the varsity women starting at 4:20 p.m., followed by the varsity men at 4:50 p.m.

The top three scoring teams will qualify for the state meet Nov. 3 at Lane Community College in Springfield. Additionally, any individual runner in the top seven not a member of a qualifying team will qualify for state.

On the boys side, Tommy O'Neil has the ninth fastest time in the league thus far, clocking a 16-minute, 22.50 seconds time at the Champoeg Invitational on Oct. 8. Some spots back in 17th spot is Maddox Oliver with a time of 16:42.9, which he ran at a three-way meet in Tigard on Oct. 6.

In a hypothetical meet, Lakeridge (38 points) and Tualatin (41 points) would run away with the top two spots, then Canby (114) would edge out Oregon City (117) for that third and final team spot.

On the girls side, Kaitlyn Doman is the top Cougar with a time of 21.48.7, which puts her at 48th overall.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Canby cross country runners will mix it up with their Three Rivers League competitors on Oct. 27 at Oregon City High School. At stake are team and individual berths to state.

Molalla boys looking to run their way to state

Molalla will conclude its regular season racing on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Tri-Valley Conference Championships at McIvar Park in Estacada. Women's varsity race opens things at 3 p.m., followed by the men's varsity and then JV races.

At the Class 4A level, the top two teams from each district meet would qualify for the state meet. Any individual runner in the top five that's not a member of a qualifying team will also qualify for the state meet Nov. 3 at Lane Community College.

Molalla's Riley Reynolds currently has the third best time in the league, clocking at 18:20.7 at the Estacada Invite on Oct. 13. Colton Strohmeyer (13th, 19:27.7) and Clayton Huitt (19th, 20:18.3) are the next two fastest Molalla runners.

In a hypothetical meet, North Marion (59) and Estacada (62) are the top two teams, but both Corbett and Molalla project at 68 points, so it's close enough that big efforts or big struggles could change the form chart considerably.

On the girls side, Molalla's top runner by time in the league is Kylie Benim at 23:53.6, which puts her 10th overall. Crista Bauer backs her up in 19th with a time of 25:57.3. Molalla likely won't field a full girls team for the meet.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Kylie Benim will enter the Tri-Valley Conference Championships at McIvar Park on Oct. 27 with the 10th fastest time among girls competitors.

Country Christian harriers ready for good runs

For the Country Christian cross country team, the season reaches its conclusion on Friday, Oct. 29, with the SD1 District 1 Championships at Sherwood Middle School.

The girls begin racing at 1:30 p.m. and the boys varsity concludes the meet at 3 p.m.

The top two teams at the district meet, along with any individual runner finishing in the top five that isn't on a qualifying team, will punch their ticket to the state meet at Lane Community College.

In the men's race, Country Christian's Matthew Dewar enters the meet with the league's seventh fastest time at 17:55.2. Just a few spots behind him, in 13th place, is Josh Davis with a time of 18:36.7.

In a hypothetical team battle, Knappa (48), St. Stephen's Academy (53) lead the way with Country Christian getting fourth with 75 points.

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