Marquez paces Woodburn girls with third-place finish at Sweet Home
Pulling double duty has thus far been no problem for Woodburn student-athletes Myranda Marquez and Caitlin Spencer.
The teammates have found time between soccer contests to run a few 5Ks on the side for the Bulldog cross country program, most recently for a race at Community Chapel church in Sweet Home for the annual Husky Invitational on Saturday.
Marquez placed third overall at the event, finishing in 23:00.2 for her second top-five placement of the season. Spencer clocked her finish at the event in 30:59.80 to place 30th overall as the lone representatives for the girls cross country team this season.
On the boys side, Woodburn was paced by sophomore Angel Marquez, who placed 21st in 21:27.10 to lead teh Bulldogs to a sixth-place finish with 129 points, just a hair behind Country Christian at 128.
Philomath led all teams with 19 points, placing five of the top six runners at the event.
Freshman Karl Price followed Angel Marquez with a 25th-place time of 22:19.80. He was followed by teammates Ryan Garcia (33rd, 22:48.70), Bryan Marquez (39th, 23:21.90), Bryan Villasenor Garcia (44th, 24:20.10), Emmanuel Barrera (49th, 25:49.90) and Ernie Barron (55th, 27:35.70).
The Woodburn runners return on Friday when they travel to Cascade High School for the Cascade Invitational.
The Woodburn boys suffered their first loss of the season, falling 2-1 at home to the West Albany Bulldogs on Thursday.
Woodburn came into the contest riding a streak of three consecutive victories, but was unable to maintain their momentum against a West Albany team that sits in second place in the Mid-Willamette Conference.
This is the first season for Woodburn at the 5A level after returning to the Mid-Willamette following a two-year stint in the 4A classification. The Bulldogs opened the season with a 1-1 draw against South Albany, then followed with three big wins — 5-1 at Central, 4-0 against Silverton and 3-0 at Crescent Valley.
Woodburn (3-1-1) was scheduled to travel to Wilsonville (3-1-1) Monday for its lone non-conference game of the season. The Bulldogs follow with a trip to Corvallis Tuesday to take on the league-leading Spartans (6-0).
Woodburn finishes the week at home against Lebanon (0-5-1) Thursday.
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