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Woodburn sophomore misses cutoff for state meet by two places, Peterson leads boys

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Myranda Marquez gave the Woodburn girls cross country team its first top-10 finisher in years after finishing seventh in 20:44.40.Woodburn sophomore Myranda Marquez finished just shy of automatically qualifying for the state championship cross country meet at the Oregon West District Championships in Stayton on Saturday.

Marquez crossed the finish line at Stayton Middle School's nature trails in seventh place, her third top-10 finish of the season, with a time of 20:44.40. Her finish was 29 seconds behind fifth-place, precluding her from earning an individual berth to the state race.

As a member of the state-qualifying girls soccer team, had Marquez earned a spot in the state cross country meet, it would have conflicted with a potential quarterfinal soccer game on Saturday.

In total, the Woodburn girls finished seventh at the district meet with 154 points, just shy of Sweet Home (152) and Cascade (146). The meet was won by Philomath, led by district champion Hannah Hernandez.

In addition to Marquez, the Woodburn girls were represented by Dayanara Bahena (31st, 23:43.37), Jakeline Martinez (34th, 24:23.81), Silvia Aguilera (40th, 25:48.99) and Ivonne Acero (42nd, 27:51.08). Martinez and Aguilera both set new personal records in the race.

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - William Peterson and the Woodburn boys cross country team narrowly beat the Cascade Cougars for sixth place, scoring 199 points to Cascades 200.The boys team was led by junior William Peterson, who placed 33rd in 19:12.20. He was followed closely by teammate Andrew Sandoval, who finished 37th in 19:26.50. The Woodburn boys placed sixth overall with 199 points, beating out Cascade by a single point.

The meet was won by Sisters, led by league champion John Peckham.

Peterson and Sandoval were followed by teammates Bryan Marquez (40th, 19:57.60), Angel Marquez (43rd, 21:07.40), Ahmed Rashid (46th, 22:13.20) and Alejandro Sandoval (47th, 22:24.80). Angel Marquez set a new PR at the race.

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