West Linn boys third at Three Rivers League district cross country
The West Linn boys cross country team knew just how steep the challenge would be at the 2019 Three Rivers League district meet.
So the Lions, competing under sunny skies and cool temperatures in the TRL district meet at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 30, went out and did what they do best — they went out and battled.
In the end, West Linn ran to third place in the seven-team field with 69 points to secure one of the league's three berths to the upcoming Class 6A state meet.
"We had a goal in sight that we were going to go to state," said West Linn junior Cole Rogers, who placed sixth overall with a personal-best finishing time of 16 minutes, 45.2 seconds. "I've heard it's a tough course ... but I feel like I'll do pretty good."
"I think we had five guys with good performances today. … It was a pretty good performance," said West Linn senior Dash Lipsey, who finished third with a time of 16:21.8. "I think we did it."
Tualatin, Oregon City and West Linn went 1-2-3 and qualified for state as teams, the Timberwolves finishing with 41 points, the Pioneers at 63 and the Lions at 69. The Class 6A state meet is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lane Community College.
"It's really hard to know (how we'll do at state). I think we can get top 10, for sure," Lipsey said. "But it's really hard to know. It's really hard to know going in because every team is going to have a different experience."
Following Lipsey and Rogers, the Lions saw junior Gabe Lee place 10th at 16:53.0. After that, senior Elijah Cirioli took 22nd at 17:20.2, freshman Stanley Mylet was 28th with a 17:29.1 and sophomore Sebastian Handegard placed 47th at 18:44.3.
"I felt pretty good," Rogers added. "Those hills were tough, but throughout the year, we've been training those hills so the work paid off."
Tualatin's boys used a 1-2 finish by senior Andrew Payton and sophomore Samuel Roach to fuel their district championship. The meet's complete top five included: Payton (first at 16:00.4); Roach (second at 16:21.3); Lipsey; Oregon City senior Max Reed (fourth at 16:29.3); and Canby sophomore Tommy O'Neil (fifth at 16:44.1).
The compete team scores were: 1. Tualatin 41; 2. Oregon City 63; 3. West Linn 69; 4. Canby 113; 5. Lakeridge 120; 6. Tigard 128 7. Lake Oswego 169.
In addition to the teams from Tualatin, Oregon City and West Linn, O'Neil and senior teammate Matthew Powell (seventh at 16:46.1) also qualified for the upcoming state meet as individuals.
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