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Vail second as Crook County High School cross country nips Pendleton for the win

Crook County had another strong showing in cross-country on Wednesday, winning the boys competition at a four-team meet in Redmond.

The Cowgirls also looked strong, but failed to field a complete team so did not factor into the team scoring.

Times were not as fast as in the opening meet a week ago at Crook County, however, head coach Orie Gonzales said that there was a good reason for that.

"Our course is fast," she said. "This one has more hills and it was pretty cold, but it went well."

For the second consecutive week, senior Alec Carne was the individual winner, with a time of 16:37 over the 5-kilometer course. That was more than two minutes faster than teammate Alex Vail, who finished second in 18:49. Rounding out the scoring for the Cowboys were Xavier Lane, ninth in 21:44, Daniel Olson, 10th with a time of 22:39, and Gabe Rothenbucher, 19th in 27:38. Other Cowboys who competed included Ben McWilliams, 24th with a time of 31:02, and Logan Brasher, 25th in 33:37.

The Cowboys finished with 26 points in the boys team competition with Pendleton close behind with 31. Neither Redmond nor Ridgeview, who also competed in the race, were able to field complete teams.

In the girls race, Savanna Pitman of Ridgeview and teammate Lizzie Albin finished first and second with times of 22:38 and 22:45, respectively. Crook County's Lindsey Mode was a close third in 22:57. Other Cowgirls to compete were Kelcie Ames, sixth in 25:14, Maggie Ramos, seventh in 25:36, and Sammy Thornton, 18th with a time of 35:34.

Pendleton won the team event with 22 points, while Redmond was second with 37. Like Crook County, Ridgeview was unable to field a complete team.

Crook County will run at home again this Wednesday, March 17, when they host Redmond in a 4 p.m. race on the Barnes Butte trail system.

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