West Linn girls run to Three Rivers League district championship
The West Linn girls cross country team brought it.
The Lions brought their speed, their teamwork and their heart — and they brought it big-time.
In response, they were rewarded with a Three Rivers League district championship.
Competing under sunny skies and cool temperatures in the TRL district meet at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 30, West Linn landed three runners among the day's top nine finishers and won the meet with 53 points. Tualatin was a close second at 55 points and St. Mary's third with 98; all three teams have qualified for the Class 6A state meet at 2:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lane Community College.
"Honestly, I don't know (how we'll do at state)," said West Linn senior Alyssa Rowe, who finished fifth overall with a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 9.8 seconds. "We're just happy to be here and feeling things out. We're just really happy to have the opportunity to run again and not have our season end."
As Rowe said, the Lions — who finished third at district a year ago and 13th at state — were thrilled with their performance at district.
"We were definitely going for a win today and I think we definitely did it," said West Linn sophomore Maddie Meyer, who placed seventh with a PR of 19:17.4. "We were going for first place, but I'm happy with anything because I think everyone really ran well."
"It was amazing," Rowe said. "We were looking at Tualatin as our main competitor so we wanted to do as well as we could do."
In addition to Rowe and Meyer's efforts, the Lions saw sophomore Kate Sousley add another top-10 finish by running to ninth at 19:39.9. She was followed by freshman Meg DeVall (13th at 19:46.8), junior Makenna Kellogg (19th at 20:39.3), sophomore Ava Rodriguez (27th at 20:53.7) and freshman Shyan Hargis (30th at 20:59.2).
"I was very nervous, but I kept my concentration and that really helped," Meyer said. "I thought I was going to stay in a pack with some of my other teammates, but we ended up all separating and I think that really pushed me to my limits."
"I'm just so happy today with our performances," Rowe said. "Individually, going into this race, I just wanted place well for my team. … I've got to give all the credit to my competition — Lakeridge, Tualatin and my teammates — they make me so much better."
The day's top five included: Tualatin senior Kaitlyn Gearin (first at 18:13.4), St. Mary's junior Fiona Lenth (second at 18:22.8), Canby senior Izabela Kacalek (third at 18:35.3), Canby senior Jennifer Torres (fourth at 18:50.3) and Rowe.
The compete team scores were 1. West Linn 53; 2. Tualatin 55; 3. Canby 98; 4. St Mary's Academy 103; 5. Lakeridge 123; 6. Tigard 129; 7. Lake Oswego 180; 8. Oregon City 184.
In addition to the teams from West Linn, Tualatin and St. Mary's, three individuals also qualified for the upcoming state meet — Kacalek, Torres and Tigard freshman Lillian Herman (sixth at 19:11.4).
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