Estacada girls keep their state streak alive
The Estacada girls cross country team is making its sixth consecutive appearance at the 4A state meet this weekend after placing second at last week's Tri-Valley Conference meet contested at McIver State Park.
The Rangers nailed down the league's final state qualifying spot, coming in comfortably 30 points ahead of Madras for second place.
Senior Haleigh Ficek paced Estacada in sixth overall, covering the 5K course in 22:48.82.
Gladstone won the team race.
• On the boys side, Gladstone ran away with the team title with 26 points, leaving Molalla and Estacada to battle for the final spot to state.
The Indians held a comfortable 15-point lead at the two-mile marker before Estacada made a late surge to pull even through five runners for each side.
That meant the next orange or green jersey to hit the finishing chute would send their team to Eugene. It ended up being Molalla's Kadyn Eves to give Molalla the tiebreaker edge for second place.
Dakota Glover paced the Rangers, coming in third overall in 17:24.66, to earn one of the five individual berths to state.
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