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Bowmen boys claim first place, and the girls take second, at the Pacific Conference district meet

It's going to be a Bowmen party at the Class 6A state cross country championships.

That's because both the Sherwood High School boys and girls teams qualified for the state meet, thanks to strong performances at the Pacific Conference district cross country championships.

The Sherwood boys claimed the top spot at the district meet, while the Lady Bowmen took second place at the event held Oct. 24 at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville.

The top three teams in each varsity race at the district meet, as well as the top seven individuals, if they're not part of the top three teams, advance to the Class 6A state championships, which will be held Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

For the second straight year, the Sherwood boys team will be going to state as a district champion. The Bowmen, who won last year's Three Rivers League district meet title, triumphed at last week's Pacific Conference meet with a score of 25 points. That put Sherwood well ahead of second-place McMinnville, which had a score of 77.

Senior Henry Giles led the way for the Bowmen, finishing third individually with a time of 16 minutes, 4.2 seconds for the 5,000-meter race.

Giles was followed by a pack of Bowmen runners. Sherwood junior Jaron Homer finished in fourth place in a time of 16:04.9, junior Thomas Osborne was fifth at 16:25.7, freshman Ethan Sturdivant was sixth at 16:34.5, sophomore Ismael Alvares was seventh at 16:36.8, freshman Jeffery Rogers was eighth at 16:49.9 and freshman James Crabtree was 11th at 17:00.6.

McMinnville senior Zane Fodge won the boys varsity race in a time of 15:25.9.

The Sherwood girls finished in second place in the team standings at the district meet with a score of 72 points. McMinnville took first place with a score of 43.

Junior Madi Ramos led the way for the Lady Bowmen. She finished in sixth place with a mark of 20:04.9.

Also for the Sherwood girls, sophomore Kari Eddington was 14th at 20:43.0, sophomore Brooke Smith was 16th at 20:48.2, senior Emily Pannell was 17th at 20:52.6, senior Danielle Clem was 19th 20:58.5, senior Emily Boynton was 21st at 21:12.9 and senior Jacqueline Angelel was 22nd at 21:15.2.

Forest Grove senior Hannah Aguirre won the girls varsity race in a time of 19:01.5.

The Class 6A girls state championship race is set to start at 2:55 p.m. The Class 6A boys race will follow at 3:30 p.m.

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