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Elise Rice leads Crook County High School Cowgirls, Humphreys powers the Cowboys

Heading into the Intermountain Conference Cross Country Championships last Wednesday in Pendleton, Crook County High School knew that things would have to go perfectly for any team members to make it to the state meet.

Although the team ran well, and both the boys and girls teams finished in third place, no team members qualified for state.

Senior Elise Rice was the highest-finishing Crook County athlete, placing ninth in the girls race with a time of 21:55.7 over the 5,000-meter course. Junior McCall Woodward was close behind, finishing in 10th place with a time of 22:00.4.

Sophomore Gavin Humphreys was the highest-finishing Cowboy, placing 11th in the boys race with a time of 17:50.6.

The Dalles edged Hood River Valley by a single point to win the boys team title. The Riverhawks finished with 36 points while the Eagles had 37. Crook County was a distant third with 94 points. They were followed by Pendleton, 103, Ridgeview, 115, and Redmond, 153.

In the girls competition, Hood River Valley ran away from the field, finishing with 28 points. The Dalles was second, 59, Crook County third, 78, Ridgeview fourth, 104, Redmond fifth, 116, and Pendleton brought up the rear with 136 points.

Juan Diego Contreras, of The Dalles, won the boys race in a time of 15:47.0. He was followed by Finn Anspach of Ridgeview, 15:49.4. Hood River Valley's Elliot Hawley took third with a time of 16:20.9 while Leo Lemann, of The Dalles, took fourth with a time of 16:44.2.

Hood River Valley's Phoebe Wood won the girls race with a time of 20:08.3. Ridgeview's Morgan Shaw finished in second with a time of 2022.8, while Alaina Casady, of The Dalles, finished in third place with a time of 20:40.3. Hood River then swept the next three places with Alex Bronson finishing fourth, Sophie Kaden fifth, and Olivia Nickson sixth.

Following Rice and Woodward for the Cowgirls were Patagonia Carne, 15th with a time of 22:31.2, Anne Carne, 17th in 23:14.9, Kattalin Urresti, 27th, with a time of 25:48.5, Kloey McGowan, 31st in 27:29.9 and Sawyer McDonald, 32nd with a time of 27:37.5.

Following Humphreys for the Cowboys were Tucker Bonner, 18th in 18:49.2, Van Williams, 19th, with a time of 18:49.7, Kernan Teasdale, 21st in a time of 19:00.3, Duke Wentzel, 25th in 19:56.2, Aidan Bonner, 28th with a time of 20:37.9, and Daniel Olson, 29th in a time of 20:57.7.

In the JV boys competition, The Dalles came away with first, while Crook County was second and Hood River Valley third.

Hood River Valley's Katlin Mitchell won the JV race with a time of 19:06.9. Crook County's Tanner Joyce finished fourth with a time of 10:43.2, while Justin Mitchell was fifth with a time of 19:43.2. Other Crook County finishers included Joel Rice, eighth in 21:15.1, Anthony Crider, 14th with a time of 23:42.9, Ben McWilliams, 17th in 25:05.9, Joshua Belz, 19th in 25:19.3 and Logan Brasher, 20th with a time of 25:56.2.

Hood River Valley was the only school to field a complete team for the JV girls race. The Eagles took the first eight places, with Brinna Weiseth finishing first with a time of 22:02.5.

Crook County's Kiera Glenn finished 12th with a time of 30:00.3, while Elizabeth L. finished 14th in a time of 30:59.9.

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