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Crook County girls score perfect 15 in midweek cross country meet; Cowboys take a strong second behind Mountain View

LON AUSTIN  - Crook County girls lead the pack early in the Jere Cowboy Kickoff cross country meet in Prineville Sept. 14. They are Pati Carne (95), Natalia Crass (94) and Raelynn Weaver (96). The Crook County High School cross country squads flexed their respective team muscle on Wednesday as they hosted Jere's Cowboy Kickoff at the Crooked River Wetlands.

With just two complete teams in the girls race, the Cowgirls ran away from the field, posting a perfect score of 15 while the Redmond Panthers finished a distant second with 43 points. Mountain View, Madras, Grant Union and La Pine also competed in the meet, but did not field complete teams.

Mountain View's Sarah Nelson was the first runner across the finish line in a time of 21:59 over the 5K distance, while Hannah MacDuffee of Madras finished in second place in a 22:03. Crook County sophomores Ruby Snider and Natalia Crass finished third and fourth with times of 22:08 and 22:32, respectively.

"We are a really great team," said Crass. "We bond together well and we have a lot of drive. We stick together and push each other. I think we are all working towards state and hoping to get there. We are building endurance and the strength that comes along with that. I'm really proud of us and I can't wait to see what we can do."

Fellow sophomore Pati Carne was next in for the Cowgirls, taking seventh overall with a time of 23:08. Rounding out the scoring for Crook County were juniors Chalis Buekert and Raelynn Weaver, who finished 10th and 11th respectively in times of 24:03 and 24:49.

Senior Jazlin Howe was next in for the Cowgirls, finishing in 16th place overall with a time of 26:53. The remaining six Cowgirls finished back-to-back, with Emily Rice taking 25th, Jane Rice 26th, Kiera Glenn 27th, Kristianna Boyum 28th, Kloey McGowan 29th and Sawyer McDonald 30th.

The Cowboys also had a solid showing in the meet, finishing second to Mountain View in the team scoring. Led by a first-place finish from Kyle Swenson, the Cougars won with 25 points. Crook County finished far ahead of the remainder of the field with 37 points. They were followed by Grant Union, 87, and Redmond, 104. La Pine also competed in the meet, but did not field a complete team. Swenson finished with a time of 17:04, edging Wyatt Montgomery of La Pine, who finished second with a time of 17:12.

Junior Kernan Teasdale finished fifth in a time of 18:07 to lead the Cowboy efforts.

Fellow junior Gavin Humphreys was next in for the Cowboys, taking eighth place overall with a time of 18:33. He was followed by junior Jacob Mckinnon, ninth in 19:06, and sophomore Adam Radabaugh, 10th in 19:08. The final Cowboy to count in the scoring was junior Aidan Bonner, who finished 14th overall with a time of 19:30.

Sophomores Duke Wentzel and Russell Rodgers finished in 15th and 16th place, respectively, with times of 20:02 and 20:06.

"It went pretty well," said Teasdale of the meet. "The goal for me and Gavin is to run together in the mid-17s or faster. We have Jacob, Adam, Aidan and Duke coming in right behind us. We are going to state this year and hopefully we can do really well. We have enough depth."

That depth showed with the remaining Cowboy runners as freshmen Riddley Barker and Hunter Favis, along with sophomore Taylor Harper, finished 18th, 19th, and 20th, with times of 20:25, 20:30 and 20:32 respectively.

Other Cowboys to run in the meet included Justin Mitchell, 27th, Joel Rice, 29th, Skyler Gibson, 32nd, Wyatt Otnes, 46th, Vernon Pifer, 51st, Sawyer Woolsey, 53rd, Ethan Glenn, 54th, Josh Belz, 55th, Anthony Crider, 56th, Ben McWilliams, 58th and Logan Brasher, 60th.

Crook County does not race again until Saturday, Sept. 24 when they travel to Seaside for the Three Course Challenge. The team does not race in Central Oregon again until Saturday, Oct. 1, when they run in Bend at the Oxford Classics, one of the biggest cross country meets in the state.

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