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West Linn's Mac Graves places 12th to lead Lion boys to a fourth-place team finish

Spirits were high, the snow was deep and the competition was great at the annual Kelsey Memorial Race, held Saturday, Jan. 4, at Mt. Hood Meadows.

And skiers from West Linn High School showed their skill in the kickoff to the 2020 season.

Next up, the Lions will open Three Rivers League competition with a giant slalom on Timberline's Paint Brush run on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Boys Race

In boys action, West Linn's Mac Graves placed 12th to lead his team in the day's giant slalom, finishing with a time of 23.11 seconds to trail Lakeridge winner Campbell Brown by just over two seconds.

In doing so, Graves helped the Lions take fourth place in the 23-team field with a combined time of 1:10.98. Lincoln won the team race at 1:06.33, followed in the meet's top 10 by Tigard at 1:09.00, Central Catholic at 1:10.70, West Linn at 1:10.98, La Salle at 1:12.81, Lakeridge at 1:13.20, Jesuit at 1:13.37, Oregon Episcopal School at 1:13.69, Mountainside at 1:14.12 and Tualatin at 1:14.34.

In addition to Graves' success, West Linn's other top-100 finishers included: Quinn Salmon (24th at 23.90); Cole Meaney (26th at 23.97); and Brian Wicklund (31st at 24.15).

Girls Race

In girls action, West Linn placed 15th among 20 teams with a combined time of 1:22.07.

The girls top 10 teams included: Lincoln 1:11.75; Wilsonville 1:12.26; Hood River Valley 1:12.88; Jesuit 1:15.62; Grant 1:15.96; Tigard 1:16.04; Central Catholic 1:16.46; Lake Oswego 1:17.49; St. Mary's 1:17.47; and Lakeridge 1:17.66.

The Lions were led by Jayden Tait's eighth-place finish with a time of 23.41. She was followed in the day's top 100 finishers by teammate Katelyn VandenBrink, who finished 74th at 28.13.

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