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St. Helens senior Hannah Hayduk placed 35th; Scappoose boys place last with Rowen Suchoski in 14th

PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - St. Helens senior Hannah Hayduk represents St. Helens alone in the 5A girls state championships.With runners from Scappoose and St. Helens, South Columbia County made it to the cross country state championships.

St. Helens senior Hannah Hayduk ended her high school cross country career with a 35th-place finish in the girls 5A state championship on Nov. 6.

Scappoose senior Rowen Suchoski finished 14th, leading the Scappoose boys team.COURTESY PHOTO: KEVIN PINKSTAFF - The Scappoose boys cross country team competes at state championships in 2021.

The team finished last out of the 13 boys teams that qualified for state.

Hayduk was the only individual qualifier from the Northwest Oregon Conference, having finished third in the league.

Hayduk last went to state as a freshman, when St. Helens qualified as a team.

This time, Hayduk was alone representing St. Helens.

"In the start, with so many girls, I kind of got lost," Hayduk said. "My starting box was next to Putnam, which was good because they're in our league, and me and those girls tend to run similar times."

Hayduk said she went into the race ranked in the low 30s and hoping to move up a few spots. PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Scappoose freshman Charles Leader runs at the 5A boys state championships, placing 66th.

"That's not quite what happened, but I'm not disappointed," she said. "I had a race plan and I feel like I stuck to it. … I had a strong start, and that helped me, and then I had a strong kick (with) about 800 meters left in the race."

Hayduk said she'll miss her Lady Lions team.

"It didn't hit me until yesterday that it was actually over. I love my team, I love racing. Even with the nerves, it's so much fun," Hayduk said.

On the Scappoose boys team, Suchoski was one of two seniors running at state. Senior Tristan Hopkins placed 79th out of 93 runners. Freshmen Charles Leader and Taj Forney finished 66th and 86th. Sophomores Taiki Ogawa and Kitteridge Dominguez finished 74th and 88th.PMG PHOTO: RALEIGH EMERSON - Scappoose sophomore Taiki Ogawa runs a 19:22 race at state on Nov. 6.

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