Canby, Molalla runners see success
Maddox leads boys cross team with win Senior Maddox Oliver led six Canby boys' cross country runners into the top-10 in a five-way league race Sept. 21 at Molalla River State Park. Maddox traversed the 5,000 meter course in 16 minutes, 42.83 seconds, to win the race by more than 30 seconds. But he wasn't alone as the Cougars' five scoring runners rolled across the line soon after, giving Canby a team score of 24 points, good enough for an 18-point win over La Salle Prep (42). Behind them was La Pine with 91, Putnam with 108 and Hillsboro scored 116 points. Backing up Oliver's stellar run was Jack Joyce in third place with a time of 17:53.88, followed by Andrew Dewar in fourth (18:16.07), Jacob Tilden in seventh (18:24.59), and Corbin Stoddart in ninth (18:40.92). Rhett Smith was a non-scoring 10th in 18:52.04. On the girls' side, Nika Chernishov was the top runner with a 16th place finish (26:24.0), followed by Melia Stoddart in 17th (26:26.2), Madison Skogman in 19th (27:15.2), Hadley Bierma in 20th (27:24.1), and Monserrat Amezcua Frias in the final varsity scoring slot at 24th place in a time of 27:59.2. In team scoring, La Salle topped all teams with 15 points while Canby was second at 51 and Hillsboro third at 82. Putnam, which didn't field a full team, had runners finish first, third and fourth overall. Canby's next action will be Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Champoeg Invitational.
Freshman Jenson continues stellar XC campaign
The Molalla girl's cross country team got a quality run on a quality course Sept. 17 as freshman Anika Jenson snagged second place overall in the 1A-4A category. Jenson traversed the course in 19 minutes, 42.80 seconds to get second behind Adele Beckstead of Philomath in a meet that had quality runners up and down the standings. The Molalla girls weren't able to field a full team, but did get a 58th place finish (24:11.40) from Violet Bickford, another freshman, a 75th place finish from a third freshman, Madison Clark, in 26:27.80. Katya Coleman rounded out the Molalla squad in 87th place (28:58.50). On the boys side, Molalla got 10th as a team with a score of 277, far behind Philomath's winning total of 45 points. The boys were led by Otto Terry's 30th place finish in 18:56.10. He was followed across the finish line by Osten Terry in 48th (19:46.90), Carson McEachren in 89th (21:58.30), Jackson Blomquist in 98th (22:35.80), Levi Wood in 101st (22:38.9), and Dutch Patterson in 109th (23:32.00). The Indians competed at the Three Course Challenge in Seaside over the weekend.
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