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Tigard runs strong at district championships

Cross country; The Tiger boys place third while the girls take fourth
by: DAN BROOD TIGER TRIO — Tigard’s (from left) Matt Carlson, John Walker and Scott Rice stride out at the district meet.

OREGON CITY - The Tigard High School cross country teams turned in strong efforts at the Pacific Conference district championships.

But those strong efforts weren't quite enough to get any Tigers to the state meet.

Still, the Tigard performances were impressive as the Tiger boys placed third in the teams standings and the girls placed fourth at the district meet held last Thursday at Clackamas Community College.

'Everyone ran well today,' Tigard coach Joel Sauvain said. 'We knew it would be close. I was happy with everyone. They all competed.'

The top two teams in both the boys and varsity girls races at the district meet, as well as the top four individual finishers who are not part of the top two teams, advance to the Class 6A state championships, which will be held Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

In boys competition at the Pacific Conference district meet, Forest Grove placed first with a score of 42 points. Tualatin was second at 73 and Tigard, which previously won the league's dual meet title, placed third with a score of 88.

Junior John Walker led the way for the Tigard boys at the district meet. He finished in ninth place, individually, with a time of 16 minutes, 52 seconds for the 5, 000-meter race.

'John Walker did awesome,' said Sauvain, who was awarded the league's Boys Coach of the Year honor.

Tigard senior Scott Rice placed 11th in a time of 16:55 and junior Matt Carlson was 15th at 17:20.

Also for the Tigard boys, sophomore Nathanael Ditton was 21st at 17:21, senior Ian Rogers was 32nd at 17:34, senior Andrew Luu was 43rd at 18:09 and freshman John Caufield was 56th at 19:09.

The Tigard girls placed fourth in the team standings at district with a score of 84. Forest Grove placed first with a total of 45 and Newberg placed second with a score of 63.

Freshman Elizabeth Dean set the pace for the Tiger girls at district. She finished in ninth place, in a time of 20:30, putting her only two places away from earning a trip to state.

'Elizabeth ran really well,' Sauvain said. 'So did the other girls.'

Tigard senior Emily Walch placed 11th with a mark of 20:40. Also for the Tigers, junior Katherine Harbolt was 19th with a time of 21:08, freshman Hannaly Duff-McGaughey was was 22nd at 21:23, freshman Kela Apau was 23rd at 21:26, senior Teddy Faller was 41st at 22:58 and junior Marilyn Wallenburn was 46th at 23:51.