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Woodburn, North Marion, St. Paul, Kennedy racers take part in invitationals around the Northwest

At the Jefferson Invitational, Woodburn, North Marion and St. Paul's cross country runners competed against a host of other schools Tuesday, Sept. 28, at Jefferson High School.

In other cross country action, Kennedy competed in the Champs Invite, a high school and middle school invitational held Friday, Sept. 24 at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon.


It was a solid outing for the Woodburn boys team, which took fourth place collectively with a score of 107 points. First place was Santiam Christian with the low total of 59 points.

Woodburn's highest-placing varsity runners were junior Angel Marquez who ran the 5,000-meter race in 18:10 to claim sixth place, and senior Ryan Garcia who was right behind in seventh place with a time of 18:17.

Woodburn's next varsity runner to finish was sophomore Karl Price in 19th place with a time of 19:43. Woodburn senior Ernie Barron finished 35th in the race with a time of 20:26; junior Benito Roman was 46th with a time of 21:53; sophomore Jesus Lopez was 47th with a time of 22 minutes flat; and sophomore Jesus Castro finished in 63rd with a mark of 24:11.

Woodburn's girls team had a lone representative in the varsity race, senior Kelly Ramirez who finished in 11th place with a time of 23:47.


North Marion's cross country team finished just behind the Woodburn squad with 131 total points to take the fifth spot. The Huskies' top runner was sophomore Eli Gonzalez, who finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place with a time of 18:37. That result was a personal best and the second fastest in the Tri-Valley this year, just behind Gladstone's Paxton Hummel.

COURTESY PHOTO: ALLISSA ALVORD - North Marion's cross country team has been active this season, competing against teams of all sizes.

Just a little further down at 15th was senior Owen Alvord with a time of 19:37. North Marion senior Mitch Doubrava claimed spot No. 23 with a time of 19:51; senior Thomas Bonser claimed 26th in a matter of 19:56; freshman Peter Crosby finished 65th with a time of 24:41; senior Eren Martinez finished 69th with a time of 25:34; and senior Jaden Lilly finished 72nd with a time of 27:10.

The North Marion girls had a top-10 finisher in the varsity race. Sophomore Emersyn Alvord finished with a time of 23:47. Like her teammate Eli Gonzalez, Alvord's finish also was good enough to make a top-five mark in the Tri-Valley season bests.

The other two varsity runners for the Huskies were freshman Eva Coulombe who took 21st with a time of 26:02, and sophomore Kenley Doubrava with a time of 26:03 in the 22nd spot.


The Bucks were represented at the Jefferson Invitational as well. Junior Jackson Cook was the school's top finisher in the boys varsity race, taking 29th with a time of 20:02.49, narrowly edging out Central's Joseph Clark by less than one half-second. Junior Mason Cacka was next up for St. Paul, finishing in 51st with a time of 22:38.

For the girls side of the equation, senior McKenna Olson finished in 26th with a time of 27:54.


Kennedy's girls varsity team placed fifth place out of 15 teams with a total score of 142, just one point behind Pleasant Hill in fourth place. Freshman Rachael Kintz was the team's top runner, claiming 13th place with a time of 22:18.41. The mark was slower than Kintz's fastest time, 21:29.7, which she ran at the Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational to give her a top-five spot in District 2.

The next fastest runner was sophomore Nora Brenden who took the 23rd place overall with a time of 23:35.33. Fellow sophomore Briar Hachenberg placed 50th with a time of 25:19.33; junior Haley Kline finished in 62nd place with a time of 26:21.62; and freshman Stephanie Cardenas finished 69th with a time of 26:54.58.

The lone varsity runner for Kennedy's boys team was sophomore Jeremiah Traeger who finished 51st out of 155 with a time of 20:18.83.

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