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Tualatin boys look to a bright future

Cross country -- The Timberwolf girls wrap up the Pacific Conference dual meet championship
by: DAN BROOD, ON THE RUN — Tualatin sophomore Timothy Plunkett finishes strong in last week’s dual meet.

TUALATIN - The young Tualatin High School boys cross country looks to have a bright future ahead of it.

But, if Timothy Plunkett and the rest of the Timberwolf runners have their way, the present won't be too bad, either.

Plunkett, after turning in a strong finish at last week's Pacific Conference/Three Rivers League meet at Tualatin High School, is taking some high hopes into the league's district meet, which will be held today (Thursday) at Clackamas Community College.

'I kind of want to make it to state,' Plunkett said after last week's race. 'I'm going to give it my all.'

The Tualatin boys, at the Oct. 18 meet, fell 15-46 to league champion Canby, giving the Wolves a final Pacific Conference dual meet record of 1-4.

'We're having a rebuilding year,' Plunkett said. 'But three of our top runners are sophomores. We're looking forward to the future.'

Plunkett turned in a strong finish at the five-school, 5,000-meter race, finishing in 13th place overall in a time of 17 minutes and 1 second. The time was Plunkett's second fastest.

'It was a lot faster than I expected,' he said. 'I started off a little too slow. But I had a strong finish. I kept pushing. I'm pretty happy with how I ran.'

Also for the Tualatin boys, sophomore Will Downey finished 18th overall in a time of 17:27. Sophomore Kevin Oliver was 20th at 17:34, junior Patrick Kubisiak was 23rd at 17:47, senior Michael Nelson was 29th at 18:19. Canby senior Sean Coleman won the race at 15:54.

On the girls side, Tualatin wrapped up the Pacific Conference dual meet title with its 18-44 victory over Canby. With the win, the Timberwolves finished the dual meet season with a 5-0 league mark. The Canby girls finished at 2-3.

Freshman Emily Wheeler paced the Tualatin girls at the meet. She was first among Pacific Conference runners, and second overall, with a time of 19:43.

She was closely followed by a bunch of other Timberwolf runners. Junior Kelsey Stilson finished in fourth place overall in 19:54.

Junior Hannah Points was sixth at 20:07, sophomore Amanda Welter was seventh at 20:16, senior Jeanette Jones was eighth at 20:19, junior Erica Brabeck was 11th at 20:40 and freshman Kathleen Shangraw was 13th at 20:52.

Milwaukie Erin McLaughlin won the race in 19:19.