Gavin Hurst, Owen Alvord and Mitch Doubrava lead Huskies to first state berth in recent memory

COURTESY PHOTO: ALLISSA ALVORD - The North Marion boys cross country team placed second at the Tri-Valley meet last week, punching their ticket to the 4A cross country state championship held at Marist High School in Eugene on Saturday.The North Marion boys cross country team made the most of the shortened 2021 season, placing second at the Tri-Valley Conference championship on Saturday to qualify for the 4A state championship.

With the hosting Estacada Rangers and visiting Madras White Buffaloes unable to field a full team for the district race and Gladstone unrepresented, North Marion was in a three team race with the Molalla Indians and the Corbett Cardinals for the two berths to the state meet.

Having bested Corbett in a head-to-head home race at the Aurora Colony Museum earlier in the week, the Huskies entered Saturday's race with confidence they could make their first state meet as a team in recent memory.

Led by Gavin Hurst, Owen Alvord and Mitch Doubrava, the Huskies scored 43 points to best the Cardinals' 75 points. Molalla took the league title with a perfect score of 15.

Just as they had done at the Aurora Colony, the North Marion trio finished back-to-back-to-back at the league race, with Hurst leading the way with a seventh-place time of 20:26.00. He was followed by Alvord at 20:29.11 and Doubrava at 20:48.33.

Alvord had bested Hurst at the Aurora Colony to win the duel against Corbett with a time of 19:53, just a second ahead of his senior teammate.

Following the three top-10 finishers, North Marion was rounded out by Eli Gonzalez (12th, 21:16.28), Tate Durst (14th, 21:45.24), Ayden Falnagan (17th, 22:33.89), Eren Martinez (25th, 25:26.80) and Jaden Lilly (29th, 30:07.69).

The girls team finished third overall with 64 points behind Corbett (51) and league-champion Estacada (21).

COURTESY PHOTO: ALISSA ALVORD - North Marion junior Owen Alvord leads the pack at the Huskies' March 31 duel against Corbett at the Aurora Colony. Alvord won the race and went on to finish eighth at the district meet on Saturday to help the boys team qualifyr for the state championship meet in Eugene.Freshman Kenley Doubrava led the Huskies with a sixth-place time of 24:31.08 to earn First Team all-league honors. She was followed by teammates Emma Jones (19th, 32:47.09), Avery Greear (20th, 35:35.83), Josafine Carbajal (21st, 36:09.32), Lizzie Orr (22nd, 36:37.79) and Rebecca Havel (24th, 39:17.14).

The 4A state championship meet will be held at Marist High School on Saturday. The girls race is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. followed by the boys race at noon, with unlimited space for spectators.

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