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Estacada runners continue to improve

MacMurray and Johnson headline solid performances across the board
by: Loren Nibbe Estacada's Chris MacMurray finished in third place to lead the Rangers.

In their sixth event of the season, the Estacada cross-country team continued to improve on both the boys and girls side.

The girls finished in fourth place out of ten teams, while the boys took fifth.

For the girls, it was freshman Mariah Johnson who set the pace with an eighth place finish individually that was just 38-seconds off the leader.

'Mariah is having an excellent season and she just continues to improve as she set another personal record on Saturday despite the fact that she wasn't feeling well,' head coach John Erickson said.

Behind Johnson was a group of Ranger runners that completed the scoring as Madeline Dinsdale, Sarah Sjaastad and Robin Lindland all finished within seven seconds of each other for 24th, 27th and 29th place respectively. The fifth Ranger runner was Anne Shibahara, who finished just 40-seconds behind Lindland in 39th place.

'A positive was that we have a lot of kids that are starting to run together so it's starting to bring our overall scores down,' Erickson said.

On the boys side, Chris MacMurray led the way with a third place finish in a time of just 16:59. The big surprise for the guys was sophomore Brendan Fordyce, who shaved two minutes off his time from a few weeks ago at the North Marion Invitational.

'Brendan was a nice surprise because we have been working on changing his stride and he was a great listener,' Erickson said.

The Rangers will continue their season this Saturday at the Concordia Puma Classic, just two weeks before the district meet at the end of the month.