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By a razor-thin margin, Crook County wins Tri-Valley cross country title; Cowboys finish second to earn state berth as well

LON AUSTIN  - Ruby Snider, shown here earlier in the season, was the first Cowgirl to cross and the third overall finisher in the girls Tri-Valley cross country championship Wednesday. The Crook County Cowgirl cross country team are Tri-Valley Conference champions.

In addition, the CCHS boys team has also qualified for state, finishing a very close second at the conference meet, which was held Wednesday at Milo McIver State Park in Estacada.

"We came in with a goal of taking everyone to state and both teams executed," said Crook County head coach Nate Ditton. "These kids are tight with each other and their support of each other is showing up on the course. It was a blur."

The Cowgirls won the girls meet by a razor thin margin, tying with Molalla with 46 points each, and just three points ahead of third-place The Dalles, while the Madras White Buffalos had a solid outing, finishing in fourth place with 78 points. Neither Estacada or Gladstone had complete teams finish the race, so did not factor in the team scoring.

Although Molalla and Crook County each finished with 46 points, the Cowgirls earned the tiebreaker when their sixth runner, junior Raelynn Weaver, finished three places higher than Molalla's sixth runner.

Only the first five runners on each team count in the team scoring. However, a team's sixth and seventh place runners are still valuable to the team scoring. If a team's sixth or seventh place runner finishes ahead of another team's fifth place runner it adds to the other team's total, in addition to the sixth-place runner being the tiebreaker should two teams be tied.

Not only was Weaver ahead of Molalla's sixth place runner, so was Crook County's seventh and final varsity runner, freshman Jane Rice.

Meanwhile, The Dalles won the boys race with 22 points with the Cowboys close behind with 34. Molalla finished a distant third with 100 points. Rounding out the team scoring in the boys meet were Gladstone, 106, and Estacada, 118. Madras also competed, but had just four runners complete the course.

Molalla freshmen Anika and Annalyse Jenson finished first and second, respectively, in the girls race with times of 19:12.8 and 20:13.1. The Dalles sophomore Alaina Casady took third in 20:21.8, while Madras senior Hannah MacDuffee also earned a trip to state, taking fourth with a time of 20:21.9.

Crook County then swept the next three places as sophomores Ruby Snider, Natalia Crass and Pati Carne, who ran together for most of the race, crossed the finish line in times of 20:34.8, 20:46.3 and 20:53.8, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were Heather Shaver of Estacada in 21:15.9 as well as Ruby Jaime Mores and Fiona Dunlop of The Dalles, who finished ninth and 10th respectively, in times of 21:39.4 and 21:40.1.

Crook County junior Chalis Buekert finished in 12th place with a time of 21:56.0. She was followed by freshman Emily Rice who finished 21st with a time of 23:47.4, Weaver, 24th in 24:20.1, and Jane Rice finished 25th in a time of 24:46.7.

The Dalles senior Juan Diego Contreras dominated the boys race, finishing first in a time of 15:42.8. Fellow Riverhawk, Leo Lemann came away with second place in a time of 16:19.3.

Crook County junior Gavin Humphreys and sophomore Adam Radabaugh took third and fourth, respectively in times of 17:12.2 and 17:17.6 to lead the Cowboys efforts. Egan Ziegenhagan of The Dalles finished in fifth place with a time of 17:23.2, while teammate Tyson Long came away with sixth place in a time of 17:28.6.

Taking seventh place was Crook County junior Kernan Teasdale with a time of 17:39.1, while defending Tri-Valley Conference champion Isaiah Wapsheli just missed out on a state qualifying berth, despite running a personal best time, as he finished in eighth place with a time of 17:46.6.

Rounding out the top 10 were Vincent Ziegenhagen of The Dalles in ninth place with a time of 17:50.9 and Crook County sophomore Russell Rodgers, who finished 10th in a time of 18:00.2.

Rounding out the scoring for Crook County was freshman Hunter Davis in 12th place with a time of 18:09.8. Juniors Jacob McKinnon and Aidan Bonner also ran in the varsity race with McKinnon finishing in 13th with a time of 18:15.9, while Bonner was 19th with a time of 18:38.0.

Crook County also won the girls JV competition and finished in second in the boys JV race. The Cowgirls finished with 27 points to 28 for The Dalles, while The Dalles took the boys race with 19 points and Crook County finished with 39.

Senior Anne Carne won the girls JV race with a time of 24:21.6. Other Cowgirl runners included Sawyer McDonald, fifth in 27:32.3, Kloey McGowan, seventh in 29:11.6, Kiera Glenn, eighth in a time of 29:14.6 and Jazlin Howe in ninth with a time of 29:46.0.

For the Cowboys Taylor Harper finished fourth in the boys JV race with a time of 19:02.8, while Riddley Barker was sixth in 19:08.5, Duke Wentzel came in seventh with a time of 19:42.9 and Joel Rice also finished in the top 10, taking 10th with a time of 20:10.9. Other Cowboys to compete in the JV race included Wyatt Otnes, 13th in 21:13.4, Sawyer Woolsey, 19th in 22:48.1, Ethan Glenn, 21st with a time of 23:07.3, Josh Belz, 23rd in 23:21.6, Vernon Pifer, 24th in 23:32.4, Anthony Crider, 27th in 24:28.1, Ben McWilliams, 28th in 25:03.1 and Logan Brasher, 24th with a time of 27:01.8.

Crook County advances to the OSAA Class 4A State Cross Country Championships, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 at Lane Community College in Eugene. Racing starts at 10 a.m. with the 1A/2A/3A girls race. The Class 4A girls race is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. with the Class 4A boys race to follow at 12:20 p.m. Racing continues throughout the day, concluding with the 6A boys race, which is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.


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