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Senior Grayson Symons takes third in Tri-Valley meet to earn state meet berth; freshman Talize Wapsheli qualifies for girls race

TONY AHERN  - Grayson Symons, shown earlier in the season, finished fourth at the Tri-Valley Conference meet to earn a spot at Saturday's state cross-country championships. Freshman Talize Wapsheli took fifth in the girls race to make state for the Buffs as well. The Madras High School cross country team did not field enough runners this year to figure in the team scoring at the Tri-Valley Conference cross country championships.

Still, what White Buffalos did run had a great meet at the race, which was run in Estacada.

Madras qualified two runners for the state meet, which will be held on Saturday, April 10 at Marist High School in Eugene.

Grayson Symons finished fourth for the White Buffalos in the boys race with a time of 19:52.29 over the 5,000-meter course, while Talize Wapsheli was fifth in the girls race with a time of 24:27.88. With their finishes, they earn invitations to the state meet.

Molalla won the boys meet with a perfect score of 15 points. North Marion was second with 43, while Corbett finished third with 75 points. Estacada won the girls meet with 21 points, while Corbett was second, 51, and North Marion third with 64 points. No other schools fielded complete teams.

Molalla's Noah Roth was the individual winner in the boys meet with a time of 19:06.93. He was followed by teammates Riley Reynolds, 19:23.23, and Kadyn Eves, 19:52.21. Symons, who was less than a second out of third place was the only runner not from Molalla to finish in the top five.

In the girls race Gladstone swept the first three places in the race, but did not have enough runners to field a full team. Brooklyn Tatom won for the Gladiators with a time of 22:27.95. Finishing second was teammate Abigail Sanderson with a time of 22:48.10, while fellow Gladiator Brynn Tatom was third in 23:24.30. Megan Holmes of Estacada finished in fourth place with a time of 24:12.48.

Wapsheli, a freshman, was the lone girl to compete for the White Buffalos, while the boys team had three other runners compete.

Jayson Main finished in 22nd place with a time of 24:40.93, Dylan Heath finished 26th in 25:52.34, and Isaiah Wapsheli also ran, but was disqualified.

The girls state meet is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., while the boys race will follow at noon. Spectators will be allowed on the course.

- Lon Austin

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