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Sophomore sets new personal record, finishes 15th to pace the Huskies boys cross country team

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - North Marion junior Tate Durst set a new PR of 19:46.10,  his first career 5K time under 20 minutes. The North Marion boys cross country team has finished outside qualifying placement for the state meet.

Still, the Huskies made sure to finish the season with their best foot forward at the Tri-Valley District Championships on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Led by sophomore Owen Alvord's 15th-place finish, four of the six Huskies set new season-best marks to help North Marion place fifth overall with 124 points at McIver Park in Estacada.

Alvord was one of two members of the cross country team to finish with personal best times at the district race, finishing in 19:02.00 to shave just over three seconds off his previous best set earlier in the month on the same course. Alvord's final placement was also a career-high for the sophomore, whose team beat out Corbett (143) in the final league standings.

He was followed by junior Tate Durst, who likewise set a new PR of 19:46.10 to finish 21st overall at the district meet. It was Durst's first time under 20 minutes in a 5K race this year and beat his previous PR set at last year's district race by more than 12 seconds.

Fellow junior Gavin Hurst added a season-best time of 20:11.10 to place 26th at McIver. The mark was 30 seconds shy of his PR he set last year, but an improvement of nearly a minute over his previous best this season.

The remainder of the team was rounded out by sophomore Mitch Doubrava (29th, 20:41.60), senior Randy Lucas (33rd, 22:19.90) and sophomore Caedyn Laninga (34th, 22:20.20). Lucas' time was also a season-best.

The girls team was represented by junior Emma Jones, who placed third in the JV district race with a time of 29:50.20.

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