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Fast times give Madras runners a double team victory

A shorter race didn't slow down the Madras cross country team at the LaPine Invitational.
   Both White Buffalo teams won their divisions, edging fellow Intermountain Conference team Crook County. Madras' boys had a 31-35 edge while the Buff girls won 34-42 in the Tuesday, Oct. 10 meet.
   "We had a hard week of training, so I was interested to see how well we would run," Madras coach Lonnie Henderson said. "Two miles was a good test for us."
   The goal, Henderson said, was to run the usual hard first mile and see how close each runner could clock their second mile.
   "Most of our runners were close in their mile times," Henderson said. "It was a slower course on grass and trails with lots of dust. So the times were a little slower."
   Andrew Flu and Freddy Hernandez ran with eventual winner Tucker Mott of Crook County throughout the race. Flu clocked 11 minutes, 32 seconds to finish just two seconds behind Mott. Hernandez was third in 11:40.
   Madras won the boys' meet by packing five in the top 10. Brandon Thompson was seventh, Atcitty Begay eighth and Lex Anguiano 10th.
   The Buff girls edged Crook County by placing three in the top four and five among the first 13.
   Amber Lafayette finished second in 13:54 with Brittney Devore third in 14:08. Karlen Yallup was fourth.
   "They let the winner (Michelly Foley of Crook County) go out ahead so they could run their own pace," Henderson said.
   Yolanda Yallup returned from a knee injury to finish 12th, one spot ahead of Amanda Butler.
   Madras has just one race left before the Intermountain Conference district meet. The Buffs will run at the Crook County Invitational on Thursday in a two-mile race. The district meet is Saturday, Oct. 28 at Sorosis Park in The Dalles.
   -- Gary Lindberg