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Crook County High School Cowgirls sweep top four places to dominate Redmond High School

LON AUSTIN - Maggie Ramos keeps a strong stride during a cross-country meet with Redmond March 17. Redmond didn't have a complete team but it likely wouldn't have mattered as the Cowgirls swept the top four places, including Ramos taking second.Crook County High School hosted its second home meet of the season on Wednesday, March 17, dominating the meet against short-handed Redmond.

"I am just grateful to be racing and love seeing kids working hard and improving," said Crook County head coach Orrie Gonzales.

Alec Carne came within seconds of breaking the Crook County record for 5,000 meters as he won by nearly three minutes with a time of 15:38. The only two faster times in Crook County history were run by volunteer assistant coach Chuck Coats, who ran at CCHS in the 1970s.

"It felt really good," Carne said of his race. "It's been a long time coming, but I just had to put together a good race and finally did it. It's pretty difficult to run by yourself. It definitely helps when you have somebody pushing you."

Crook County's Alex Vail was a distant second in a time of 20:28. Redmond's Bryson Underwood finished third with a time of 20:01. He was followed by teammate Sam Eldridge with a time of 20:28. He was followed by Crook County's Xavier Lane, fifth in 21:09, Tucker Bonner, sixth in 21:19, Daniel Olsen, seventh in 21:39, and Wyatt Wood, eighth in 21:55. Other Crook County runners included Joel Rice, 11th in 23:14, Gabe Rothenbucher, 12th in 27:00, Ben McWilliams, 13th in 28:23, and Logan Brasher, 15th in 33:01.

In the team scoring, the Cowboys defeated the Panthers 21-35.

In the girls race, the Cowgirls swept the first four places, with Lindsey Mode winning in a time of 22:43. She was followed by Maggie Ramos, 23:14, Kelcie Ames, 23:30, and Aubrey Love, 24:59. Redmond's top runner was Elise Brown, who finished fifth in a time of 25:51. Crook County's final runner was Sammy Thornton, who was ninth overall with a time of 32:18.

The Cowgirls won the team race by default as Redmond had just four runners, so did not figure in the team standings.

"It's amazing finally getting to race," Carne added. "We kind of knew if they let us run, good things would happen and honestly, we are just thankful for the opportunity."

The team does not run again until Wednesday, March 31 when they travel to Hood River for a 4 p.m. race.

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