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Wilsonville's Whitaker, Prusse claim their first place in their meet in Canby

The Wilsonville cross country teams competed in Canby this last Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Pat's Acres, and dominated. Both teams picked up first place against a plethora of competition.

JIM BESEDA - Nicholas Whitaker took first place in the meet in Canby, and the Wilsonville boys and girls teams took first. On the boys side of things, senior Nicholas Whitaker blew away the competition by 26 seconds to take the top spot of the 5,000 meter race with a time of 16 minutes and 33.3 seconds (16:33.3). Fellow Wilsonville senior Jonathan Palmer claimed the third place spot with a time 17:21.59. Other top 10 finishers on the boys team include junior Jack Burns who took fifth place with a time of 18:00.79 (a personal best); junior Joseph Wilde, who took seventh with 18:07.2; and senior Hyrum Worth, who claimed ninth with 18:11.9.

The girls team had the majority of the top ten spots, with standout sophomore Samantha Prusse taking the top spot with a time of 19:57.09, just edging out Brigid Hanley of La Salle by two seconds. Spots four through nine were claimed by Wilsonville runners junior Kaitlyn Dougall (20:27.8), junior Kate Stewart (20:28.09, a personal best), senior Krista Herlin (20:28.5, a personal best), freshman Ava Stenstrom (21:03.2), junior Angel Bohn (21:15.5), and junior Sophia Somerscales (21:15.8, a season best), respectively.

Wilsonville's next cross country meet will be the HOKA One One 2 Mile Postal Challenge on Thursday, Sept. 28 in Silverton.

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