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The Timberwolves get a split in their opener, while the Tigers battle but fall twice.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Tualatin's Kara Helland (left) and Tigard's Lillian Herman race during their teams' meet at Tualatin High School on March 2.So, let's say you've been cooped up at home for the better part of 11 months.

Then you get a beautiful early-March day with sunshine and light breeze. What would you do?

For members of the Tualatin and Tigard girls cross country teams, the answer was easy enough — they went for a run.

And not only that, the Timberwolves and Tigers ran well, with Tualatin senior Kara Helland winning the three-team meet and Tigard sophomore Lillian Herman taking second in their Three Rivers League season opener at Tualatin High School on March 2.

The Timberwolves split their two meets, beating Tigard 22-27 and falling to Lakeridge 27-29. The Tigers dropped their other dual meet, falling to Lakeridge 23-36. Lake Oswego also was scheduled to compete in the meet, but the Lakers were forced to cancel their participation due to a COVID-19 outbreak among some of the school's athletes.

Beyond the team scores and success, however, the T-Wolves and Tigers were just happy to be back in competition for the first time since late 2019.



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"It's definitely different this year, but I'm very thankful for the opportunity to race for sure," said Helland, who won the event with a time of 19 minutes, 36.64 seconds. "I wasn't really sure until today (that competition would be allowed) because so many things change all the time. So this is definitely a wonderful opportunity."

"I was really excited to compete again because I honestly didn't think we were going to have a season this year," said Herman, who took second with a mark of 19:47.84.

In addition to Helland's success, the rest of the Wolves' top five included: junior Mahathi Sridhar, sixth at 21:53.36; senior Lily Hughes, seventh at 22:20.24; senior Rachel Beddes, 10th at 22:54.69; and freshman Karys Gates, 12th at 23:12.28.

"I think we're doing well. Everyone has been running consistently and that's what matters in cross country," Helland said. "So yeah, I'm very proud of everybody."

After Herman, the Tigers' top five included: sophomore Mercedes Harms, eighth at 22:44.37; freshman Caroline Johnson, 11th at 23:12.05; freshman Sabine Kim, 18th at 24:42.85; and junior Ellie Emery, 20th at 24:56.78.

"I was super proud of my team," Herman added. "For a lot of them, this was their first 5K and they did great. There were also some big PRs."

Next up, the Timberwolves will host a home meet Wednesday, March 10, including Canby and St. Mary's. Tigard's next meet has not yet been posted to Athletic.net or the Tigard High School website.


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