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Bulldog boys team takes third at district meet and looks to shine at state meet

COURTESY PHOTO  - The Culver cross-country team pose after district, including, from left, Tyler Wright, Troy Potampa, Jake Horat, Aiden Guest, Hudson Burgi and Kailee Macy.The Culver Bulldog cross country team competed in the Special District II Cross Country Championships on Thursday at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.

"It went really well despite our number two boys runner not being able to compete," said Culver head coach Carter Spear. "Our lone girl ran a really good race as well."

Well is actually an understatement. Five members of the Culver boys team will get to compete on Saturday at the Class 3A/2A/1A state championships, which will be held in Lebanon.

The Bulldogs did not field a full team for the girls race but finished third in the team competition in the boys race.

Western Christian won the boys race with 42 points, followed by Central Linn, 43, Culver, 84, Jefferson, 122, Neah-Kah-Nie, 142, Regis, 151, Waldport, 154, and Nestucca, 166.

The girls team competition was won by Kennedy with 75 points. They were followed by Central Linn, 75, Harrisburg, 93, Blanchet Catholic, 94, Santiam Christian, 115, Regis, 126, Western Christian, 130, and Taft, 131.

The boys race was won by Brandon Williams of East Linn Christian with a time of 17:54.40. Ethan Slayden, also of East Linn Christian, finished second with a time of 18:10.0. However, they were the only two runners on the team, so despite the high finish, East Linn Christian did not figure in the team standings.

Culver's Jacob Horat finished seventh overall with a time of 19:34.7. Other Culver runners were Aiden Guest, 12th in 20:36, Troy Potampa, 15th in 21:07.0, Hudson Burgi, 18th in 21:46.3, and Tyler Wright, 61st with a time of 31:38.6.

In the girls race, Culver's lone runner, Kailee Macy, finished in 39th place with a time of 28:03.6. Neah-Kah-Nie's Jordan White won the girls race with a time of 21:05.7.

Horat, Potampa, Guest, Burgi and Wright all get to run at Saturday at the state Class 3A/2A/1A meet, which will be held at Cheadle Lake Park. Races begin at 11:30 a.m. with the Class 3A boys race. 12:30 p.m. marks the beginning of the Class 3A/2A/1A girls race. The Class 2A/1A boys race will follow at 1:30 p.m. Spectators will be allowed at the race.

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