MILWAUKIE — Sydney Burns finished Wednesday's cross country meet at North Clackamas Park in a personal record time of 19 minutes, 37.9 seconds.
But the Wilsonville junior could not have done it without her teammate and training partner — sophomore Gabriella Prusse.
"Me and Gabi key off of each other for sure," Burns said. "We know how each other run and we can push each other and talk to each other, and just say little things to help each other push it."
Prusse finished second in 19:36.84, just ahead of Burns, who placed third out of 46 runners from Wilsonville, La Salle Prep, Scappoose and Milwaukie.
"She always outkicks me at the end and makes me try and chase her, which is really good, and we pull each other if one of us is ahead," Burns said. "It works well. She has a really good instinct and grit at the end of races. She can really push through it and finish really strong. She knows when to start going and when to start kicking and I just try to stay with her as long as I can."
In her second cross country season, Burns has twice topped her best mark from last year.
"As we get closer to state, we're just trying to push it more and more and see how fast we can get, and trying to PR at every course is always the goal," Burns said. "Last year was my first year running. This year I'm more of a runner and I know what I'm doing a little more."
Prusse finished less than six seconds off her PR, set last year at the OSAA State Championships.
"We saw this is a good PR course so we tried going as fast as we could for as long as we could," Prusse said.
Wilsonville senior Samantha Prusse, Gabriella's older sister, easily won the girls race in 18:40.67.
Her PR is 18:13.1
"It was faster than I was expecting," Samantha Prusse said of the North Clackamas Park course. "I wasn't going slow. It was a hard race, but I wasn't going all out, and if I would have known it was this fast, I would have gone out and PR'd, hopefully."
Wilsonville freshman Fiona Dunn placed fourth in 20:05.32 and senior Kiera Bertell took sixth 20:17.59 as the Wildcats had nine runners finish in the top 10 to dominate the team standings.
Freshman Mason Weisgerber led Wilsonville's boys cross country team, placing third out of 87 runners in 16:47.45.
Sophomore twins Jacob and Ben McClelland finished sixth and eighth in 16:52.54 and 16:59.18, respectively.
"I've got a rivalry with the Scappoose twins," Jacob said of sophomores Luke Suchoski and Rowen Suchoski. "They're tough. Having that rivalry is challenging and although sometimes I can't catch them all the time, I look forward to more opportunities to go against them."
Wilsonville and Scappoose each scored 40 points to tie for first in the team standings.
Wilsonville juniors Josh Aguilar and Sebastian Pinger placed ninth and 10th in 17:09.16 and 17:27.76, respectively.
The NWOC District Championships are Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Blue Lake Park in Gresham.
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