Tualatin High School seniors Andrew Payton and Kaitlyn Gearin both run to victory

PMG FILE PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Tualatin senior Andrew Payton, shown here at last year's Three Rivers League district meet, ran to victory at Saturday's Tualatin Invitational.It was their invitational.

It was their home course.

And the Tualatin High School cross country teams were ready to go.

The Timberwolf boys and girls varsity teams ran to victory, in impressive style, at the 15th-annual Tualatin Invitational, held Saturday at Tualatin High School.

The Tualatin boys took first place in the team standings at the 10-school event with a score of 42 points. St. Stephens Academy was second at 55.

Tualatin senior Andrew Payton ran to victory at the meet, winning the 5,000-meter boys varsity race in a time of 15 minutes, 51.50 seconds.

Tualatin sophomore Caleb Lakeman finished in sixth place with a mark of 16:39.80.

Also for the Wolves, sophomore Cole Noretto was 12th at 17:14.90, sophomore Dean Horton was 13th at 17:20.80, freshman Aaron Lakeman was 15th at 17:27.30, junior Aidan Putnam was 16th at 17:34.30 and senior Sam Smith was 17th at 17:34.80.

The Tualatin girls ran to first place in the team standings at the meet with 27 points. The Dalles was second at 54.

Timberwolf senior Kaitlyn Gearin was the individual winner of the girls varsity race with her mark of 18:40.50.

Tualatin had four other top-10 finishers. Junior Kara Helland was fourth at 20:33.60, junior Lily Hughes was sixth at 20:38.50, sophomore Naiya Gates was seventh at 21:04.70 and senior Taylor Cockrell was 10th at 21:12.40.

Also for the Wolves, senior Emma Koehmstedt was 11th at 21:18.60 and junior Sierra Kurth was 12th at 21:19.30.

The Tualatin teams will next be competing at the Three Rivers League preview meet, which will be held Wednesday at Clackamas Community College. The varsity girls race is set to start at 6 p.m., with the varsity boys race to follow at 6:30 p.m.

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