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Both Hannah MacDuffee and Isaiah Wapsheli had strong showings for the Buffs.

PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Madras junior Hannah MacDuffee placed 26th overall at the 4A Girls Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Lane Community College in Eugene. MacDuffee was the second-fastest Tri-Valley runner, trailing Estacada junior Heather Shaver by just one second in a continuation of the league's top rivalry in the sport.Madras junior Hannah MacDuffee placed 26th overall at the OSAA 4A Girls Cross Country Championship meet, finishing in 21 minutes and 8.3 seconds to cap off her outstanding season. MacDuffee finished just one second behind Estacada junior Heather Shaver in a continuation of the Tri-Valley's top rivalry on the girls' side.

The pair traded off time at the top of the TVC leaderboard all year long, and Saturday's race was indicative of just how close the two are. Luckily for cross country fans, both will be back next season — so expect the competition to heat up even more.

MacDuffee was the only Madras runner in the 4A Girls race, qualifying as an individual thanks to her second-place finish at the Tri-Valley Championships last week. Emily Tubbs of La Grande won the race with a time of 19:04.6, followed by Phoenix runners Sophia Stubblefield (19:18.9) and Kyla Potratz (19:20.3).

Siuslaw won the 4A Girls team title, beating out Philomath by the slimmest of margins at 85-86. Marist took third place in the event with a score of 93 points, while La Grande finished fourth with 111 points.

PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Madras junior Isaiah Wapsheli finished ahead of every other Tri-Valley runner at the 4A Boys Cross Country State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 6, in Eugene. Wapsheli placed 39th overall with a time of 18:40.9.Over in the 4A Boys race, Madras junior Isaiah Wapsheli finished in 18:40.8 to place 39th overall at the state title meet in Eugene. Though it was not the personal record he was after, Wapsheli still has plenty to feel good about after notching the best time in the Tri-Valley.

After taking third place in the Tri-Valley Championship meet last week, Wapsheli outran every other TVC competitor on Saturday. The next closest Tri-Valley runners behind Wapsheli were Paxton Hummel of Gladstone (18:56.5, 46th) and Lliam Baird of Estacada (19:00.8, 49th).

Marshfield's Alexander Garcia-Silver won the 4A Boys state title with a time of 16:02.2, well ahead of second-place Chad Hughes of La Grande (16:30.7). Elwood Hosking of Phoenix and Samuel Ulrich of Siuslaw were next across the finish line, crossing virtually simultaneously at 16:50.0.

The Siuslaw boys completed the school's sweep of the state cross country titles, winning by a landslide with 43 points. Sisters came in second with 88 points, followed by a third-place tie between Cottage Grove and Valley Catholic, each of which scored 93 points.

Following strong showings at the state championship on Saturday, expect Hannah MacDuffee and Isaiah Wapsheli to be back in Eugene next season — and hopefully for Madras, they will be joined by even more of their teammates.

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