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Tualatin still running perfect in league meets

MILWAUKIE - The Tualatin High School girls cross country team is still perfect in Pacific Conference dual meets.

And the Timberwolves were nearly perfect in picking up their latest two victories.

The Tualatin girls moved to 4-0 in league dual meets by scoring a 15-44 win over Forest Grove and a 19-44 victory over Newberg in a double dual meet held Oct. 11 at Alder Creek Middle School.

'We took a big step to get ready for districts,' Tualatin coach Paul Zitzelsberger said.

Freshman Emily Wheeler led the way for Tualatin at last week's meet. She finished in second place overall (the meet also included Rex Putnam, Clackamas, Lakeridge and Milwaukie in Three Rivers League competition) with a time of 20 minutes, 0 seconds for the 5,000-meter race. That mark was the best among all of the Pacific Conference runners.

Wheeler was followed by a pack of her teammates. Junior Devon Frazier finished in fourth place overall in a time of 20:13. Junior Hannah Points was fifth at 20:19, senior Jeanette Jones was sixth at 20:20, sophomore Amanda was seventh at 20:21, sophomore Melissa Arndorfer was eighth at 20:27 and junior Erica Brabeck was 11th at 20:37.

Rex Putnam junior Sami Parr won the race with the exact same time that Wheeler turned in.

The Tualatin boys fell 16-43 to Forest Grove and they lost 22-37 to Canby.

Sophomore Timothy Plunkett led the Wolves. He finished 11th overall, sixth among Pacific Conference runners, in a time of 16:48.

Also for Tualatin, senior Gary Roberson was 20th overall at 17:05, sophomore Will Downey was 24th at 17:18, sophomore Kevin Oliver was 31st at 17:29 and senior Michael Nelson was 35th at 17:44.

The Tigard girls also scored a league sweep last week. They beat McMinnville 15-44 and Canby 19-36 in a Pacific Conference double dual meet held Oct. 11 at Joe Dancer Park in McMinnville.

Tigard junior Sarah Walch finished second overall (the meet also included Oregon City, Lake Oswego and West Linn from the Three Rivers League) in a time of 20:11. Tigard senior Ellie Bradley was third at 20:12, junior Ali Davis was fourth at 20:19 and Cassie Carroll was fifth at 20:19.

The two wins give the Tiger girls a 3-1 record in Pacific Conference meets.

The Tigard boys are 2-2 in league meets after they beat McMinnville 16-41 and lost to Canby 20-37.

Michael Hinds led the Tiger boys. He was 10th overall in 17:34. Jerry Carroll was 12th at 17:38, Nick Lennartz was 14th at 17:50, Zane Rogers was 22nd at 18:17 and Ryan Humphrey was 28th at 18:32.