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Cross country teams have strong meets on home course

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN Leah Henningsen navigates the course at Mary S. Young in West Linn last week. She finished third for the Lions who knocked off Oregon City and Canby.

West Linn played host to a Mt. Hood Conference/Three Rivers League crossover cross country meet last week and both the boys and girls teams came away with victories against Oregon City and Canby.

The boys were led by Connor Cushman who took third place overall in a time of 17:37.7.

West Linn placed four boys in the top 10 in what was a solid team effort.

Dillon George was next for the Lions, taking sixth place individually and he was followed closely by teammate Derek Fieldhouse in seventh.

Fieldhouse's time of 17:36 was just one second off of his lifetime best on what proved to be a slow course at Mary S. Young State Park.

Taking ninth place and fourth for the Lions was Tyler Griffin.

Braden Krellwitz and Trevor Hammock finished in 13th and 14th respectively.

West Linn's showing was good enough to edge Oregon City and easily out-distance Canby.

For the girls, the meet was dominated by St. Mary's and Gresham but the Lions topped their Three Rivers League foes convincingly.

Julia Boyd-Helm led the way for the Lions again taking 13th place overall.

West Linn's top four all finished within 15 seconds of each other and all placed in the top 20.

Rebecca Donnelly was next for the Lions in 15th in what was a very strong showing for her and she was followed closely by Leah Henningsen.

Cailin Guerins was just a second behind Henningsen and Elie Clow was West Linn's fifth runner, taking 25th place individually.

The Lions continue to improve and ran at Fernhill Park on Wednesday.

Next Thursday the Lions will run at the Trojan Relays in St. Helens.