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Bulldogs don't run as well as they did in Bend, but teams are still looking strong

The Culver cross country teams performed admirably over the weekend during the Paul Mariman Invitational in Philomath, though not quite at the level the Bulldogs have been accustomed to the past few weeks.

The Bulldog boys team placed 13th out of 19 qualifying teams in Philomath, with senior Evan Powell running the fastest time at 19 minutes and 2.4 seconds. That time was just a few seconds slower than the sub-19 time Powell ran at the Oxford Classic on Oct. 2.

Powell finished in 47th place to lead the Bulldog boys, with Aiden Guest's time of 19:23.6 being good for 66th out 140 runners. Debren Sanabria (19:41.4, 73rd), Hudson Burgi (19:52.7, 76th) and Troy Potampa (19:53.3, 77th) rounded out the scoring for the boys team, which finished with 323 points on the day. Sanabria's time was a personal record for the junior.

Also running for the boys team were Thadius Brown, who finished in 20:20.2 to place 86th, and Julian Sanabria, who also set a new personal record with a time of 27:58.4.

The road was rockier on the girls' side, where Culver finished in last place among 14 qualifiers at the Paul Mariman Invitational on Saturday.

Olivia Rydman finished in 32nd place with a time of 22:19.0, marking the sophomore's second-fastest race of the season. Rydman was 20 seconds faster back on Sept. 15 at the Oktoberfest Invitational in Silver Falls.

After missing the last race, first-year runner Audry Rake was back in action for the Bulldogs, finishing in 29:18.8 to place 102nd. There may be some rust to shake off, but Rake's PR time of 25:14.1 from earlier this year is still reason enough to be encouraged about her future.

On Saturday, fellow ninth-graders Ariana Jeffery and Payton Petersen were not far behind Rake. Jeffery finished in 108th place after crossing the finish line at 29:48.6. Petersen, meanwhile, set a personal record by finishing in 29:58.8 to take 109th place. It was Petersen's first sub-30 minute race of the season.

Rounding out the Culver girls squad was senior Jasmine Dougherty, who placed 115th after running the course in 33:29.5.

Even if this last race was not as remarkable as the team's overall performance at the Oxford Classic, there is still cause for celebration with a few PRs on the team.

Perhaps just as uplifting, the Bulldogs' boys team is currently projected as the best team in 1A/2A District 2, according to Athletic.net.

Because the girls' district includes 3A schools, the Bulldogs are a bit further out, currently projected as the ninth-fastest team.


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