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Both the Crook County High School Cowboys and Cowgirls take fourth at district

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Alec Carne finished his high school cross country career in outstanding fashion, dominating the IMC district championships. He became one of the fastest runners in the program's 50-plus-year history, but won't get a chance to compete with the state's bests as there is no state meet for this COVID-impacted short season.Crook County High School senior Alec Carne finished his cross country season in style, winning the Intermountain Conference district meet with a time of 16:40.7 in a race, which was held Wednesday in The Dalles.

Carne's fastest time of the season, a 15:58, was the fifth fastest time in Class 5A this season and came with Carne running all by himself with essentially no competition.

Juan Diego Contreras, of The Dalles, finished second to Carne in the IMC meet, with a time of 16:47.3 Rounding out the top five were Hood River Valley's Elliot Hawley in 17:07.0, Ridgeview's Finn Anspach, 17:33.1, and Nick Caracciolo, of The Dalles, with a time of 17:54.8.

Other Crook County runners included Alex Vail, 11th with a time of 19:12.1, Tucker Bonner, 26th in 21:34.8, Wyatt Wood, 31st in 22:10.4, Daniel Olsen, 32nd with a time of 22:28.3, Joel Rice, 33rd in 23:12.6, and Aaron Fehrenbacher, 36th with a time of 26:35.8.

Hood River Valley won the boys team title with 36 points, while The Dalles finished second with 48 points. Rounding out the scoring was Pendleton, 85, Crook County, 92, and Redmond, 120. Ridgeview also competed but did not have enough runners to field a full team.

The team finish in the girls race was virtually identical to the boys meet. Hood River Valley ran away with the championship with 25 points. The Dalles finished second with 53, while Pendleton took third, 66, Crook County fourth, 89, and Redmond fifth, 115. Once again, Ridgeview competed but did not have enough runners to factor into the team scoring.

Hood River Valley's Chloe Bullock won the girls individual title with a time of 20:25.8. Rounding out the top five were Hanna Ziegenhagen of The Dalles, 21:47.5, Phoebe Wood of Hood River Valley, 22:00.2, Savanna Pitman of Ridgeview, 22:03.7, and Kendall Bonzani of Pendleton, 22:25.1.

Crook County was led by Lindsey Mode who finished ninth with a time of 22:47.3. Also competing for the Cowgirls were Kelcie Ames, 16th in 23:47.3, Maggie Ramos, 17th with a time of 23:53.5, Aubrey Love, 24th in 25:44.9, McCall Woodward, 34th with a time of 30:34.4, and Sammy Thornton, who finished 35th with a time of 32:16.6.

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