Madras cross country runner MacDuffee continues hot start
Madras cross country runner Hannah MacDuffee kept up her torrid pace on Friday, finishing second in the Bridgette Nelson Memorial Invitational 5K meet. MacDuffee, a junior at MHS, finished the race in 22 minutes and 35.3 seconds at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.
It is the third time in as many tries on the season that MacDuffee has finished second place. She did the same at the Culver 2-Mile Time Trial back on Aug. 31 and again at the Jere Breese Memorial Ranch Stampede 5K in Prineville on Sept. 4. This is the first time that the team has raced since the Prineville meet. The Buffs were scheduled to run in the Canyon Rumble in Redmond on Sept. 9, but that meet was canceled due to poor air quality.
MacDuffee ran a season-best time in The Dalles, shaving nearly two minutes off her Jere Breese time. As a freshman, she ran under 22 minutes in two 5K races — the Estacada Invite, where she set her PR of 21:38.9, and the OSAA 4A State Championship. Still, previous to this season, MacDuffee had never placed better than fourth overall in a race. Now, she sits among the top dozen runners in the state at the 4A level.
Following MacDuffee on the Madras girls' side were sophomore Talise Wapsheli, who finished 12th out of 33 runners with a time of 26:12.8. Fellow sophomore Kate Siekkinen made her cross country debut in The Dalles, placing 23rd after finishing in 28:41.0.
On the boys' side, three Madras runners finished in a small cluster, with junior Isaiah Wapsheli just barely leading the way with a race time of 20:23.1. That time was good for 17th place, while freshmen James Napyer (20:25.5) and Kurtis Tanewasha (20:31.0) finished 18th and 20th, respectively.
As for team scores at the Bridgette Nelson Memorial, the Madras co-ed team does not have enough runners to register official scores in either the boys' or girls' races. The Dalles won the girls' meet with 20 points, compared to 37 for the Buckaroos of Pendleton. The Riverhawks also won the boys' meet, scoring 25 points while Pendleton and Heppner tied for second place with 74 points apiece. Estacada (100 points), Redmond (107) and St. Helen's (116) rounded out the team scores on that side.
Madras will next run in the Oxford Classic on Saturday, Oct. 2, hosted by Bend High School. Junior varsity races begin at 10 a.m. at Rockridge Community Park, which is located at 20885 Egypt Drive in Bend, with varsity races coming thereafter.
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