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Logan Law wins his third-consecutive district title and Noemi Lundgren makes it two in a row at the NWOC Championships.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Rex Putnam senior Noemi Lundgren finished first in the girls varsity 5K at the NWOC Championships, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview.

The top runners in the Northwest Oregon Conference showed why they are the best.

Rex Putnam senior Noemi Lundgren won the girls varsity 5K race at the NWOC Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Blue Lake Park in Fairview, for her second district title in a row. Meanwhile, in the boys varsity 5K race, Milwaukie senior Logan Law took home his third-consecutive NWOC title.

As for the team scoring, Lundgren led the Putnam girls as they qualified for state in second place behind Hood River Valley. In the other race, the Wilsonville boys outpaced their counterparts from Hood River Valley to take home the team championship.

Late-comers help Kingsmen qualify

Lundgren won the district title comfortably, finishing in 19:08.2 and more than 12 seconds ahead of the second-place runner, Maya Crimin of La Salle Prep. It was not just Lundgren helping Putnam qualify for the state championships, however. The Kingsmen also got top-six finishes out of sophomores Gabriella Salvione and Grace Flowerday, as well as a 15th-place showing from senior Kendra Heath.

Those four formed the entire Putnam team for much of the season, but the late addition of two volleyball players — senior Emma McDonald and junior Rylee Lemen — put the Kingsmen over the five-person requirement for team scoring. McDonald, in particular, helped push Putnam over the top with a 21st-place finish in the first 5K race of her high school career.

As for Crimin, the La Salle Prep sophomore was the one only two individual qualifiers to come out of the NWOC girls meet. Crimin qualified for state as a freshman, too, and will look to improve upon her 23rd-place time in last year's championships in Eugene. Joining her will be Wilsonville junior Ella Milanovich, who ran a PR time to take seventh place, just above the cut line to qualify for state.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Milwaukie senior Logan Law won the boys varsity 5K race at the NWOC Championships, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview.

Law rises above rest of field

Law's run to a third-straight NWOC title was without much intrigue, as the Milwaukie won the boys 5K in 15:04.9 — almost 40 seconds ahead of the next-best runner. It was the fourth first-place finish of the year for Law, who will be among the favorites at the 5A state championships next weekend.

Joining him at state will be the Wilsonville boys team, which won the NWOC title easily with 29 points to Hood River Valley's 57. Mason Weisgerber led the Wildcats by running his best time since the NWOC Preview meet on Sept. 7 and finishing in second place.

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Right behind Weisgerber was fellow senior Carter Cutting, who narrowly edged out Elliot Hawley of HRVHS for third place. Liam Wilde, Anthony Herrera-Alonzo and Sean Colyer rounded out the scoring for Wilsonville, finishing back-to-back-to-back in places seven through nine. Nathan Wilde and Parker Fish also had top-13 finishes for the Wildcats, giving the team seven solid options at the state finals.

In addition to Law, there were two other individual state qualifiers from the NWOC boys meet. Marte Hailey of Parkrose took fifth place, while Maddox Oliver of Canby finished in sixth to earn a spot in the state championships.

The OSAA Cross Country State Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Lane Community College in Eugene. The 5A girls race will start at 1:45 p.m., with the 5A boys race to follow at 2:20 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit osaa.org.


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