Wilsonville cross country teams sweep NWOC championship meet
Wilsonville opened the NWOC district championships by finishing 1-2-3 in the varsity girls race.
The boys were then nearly just as dominant as the Wildcats brought home two team championship trophies Wednesday from Blue Lake Park in Gresham.
"They ran very smart and tough races," Wilsonville coach David Barkley said. "They simply out-ran the competition."
Senior Samantha Prusse won her third consecutive district title, finishing the girls race in 18:32.20.
Sophomore Gabriella Prusse placed second in 19:18.90 and junior Sydney Burns took third in 19:27.40.
Freshman Fiona Dunn finished fifth in 20:20.10 and sophomore Sarah Somerscales placed seventh in 20:37.40.
Wilsonville scored 18 points. Putnam recorded 47 points to finish second.
"The girls team came in as favorites and ran a great second half of the race," Barkley said.
Wilsonville's boys scored 38 points. Scappoose placed second with 79 points.
Sophomore twins Jacob and Ben McClelland finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in 16:57.01 and 17:00.24.
Juniors Ben Sheirbon and Josh Aguilar took eighth and ninth in 17:06.25 and 17:08.16.
Freshman Mason Weisgerber placed 10th in 17:08.52.
"Boys team was smart enough to let a couple of runners go and stay together as a pack," Barkley said.
The Wildcats will compete in the Class 5A state cross country meet Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Wilsonville's girls were No. 4 and the boys No. 5 in the last 5A coaches poll.
"5A has teams that can run with nearly anyone in the Northwest, so we have a high bar to reach," Barkley said.
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