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Molalla and Country Christian battled it out for the Molalla Invitational XC boys crown

Two Molalla-based high schools battled it out Wednesday, March 10, during the Molalla Invitational cross country meet at Highland Tree Farm in Molalla.

When the dust cleared, the Molalla High boys cross country team captured the team title in a sixth-runner tie-breaker. Both MHS and Country Christian finished with 28 points, but Molalla got the win via a better sixth-place finish.

The Indians were led by Noah Roth, who captured the individual title in the boys race, clocking a time of 19:29 over the 5,000 meter course.

He was joined in scoring by Kadyn Eaves (third, 20:48), Colten Strohmeyer (seventh, 21:16), Clay Sperl (eighth, 21:30), and Osten Terry (12th, 22:45). It would be Clayton Huitt's 14th place finish (23:03) that would ultimately push the invite win toward Molalla High, finishing one spot better than Country Christian's sixth runner.

Corbett was third in the team race with 70 points. Estacada also was part of the race.

In the girls race, Molalla didn't field a varsity runner at the event.

COURTESY PHOTO: ROBERTA EVES - The Molalla High boys cross country team squeaked out a win at the Molalla Invite Wednesday, March 10.

Country Christian

Though Country Christian boys came up one spot short in their bid to win at the Molalla Invitational, the Cougars put together some good performances.

Elijah Wallbaum was second (20:15) in the race to lead Country Christian. He was followed across the finish line by Timothy Ewing (fourth, 2:54), Josh Davis (fifth, 21:11), Lonnie Hester (ninth, 22:04), Casey Ives (10th, 22:12), and Trent Phillips (15th, 23:28).

On the girls side, Ella Duckworth was the only Country Christian runner to compete, and she finished fourth in a time of 25:39.

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