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Cross Country: Trojan boys place third

Kennedys Stokley finishes first for the girls at cross country meet


Dalton Susee placed third at the Southwest Christian Invitational on Friday, leading the Kennedy boys cross country team to a second place finish out of seven schools.

Susee, a senior, finished the 5K race with a season-best time of 17:58.20, marking the third time in four races this season that he has finished within the top six runners.

Kennedy finished with a score of 71 points, second only to Southwest Christian’s 26. The Trojans narrowly beat third-place Riverdale, which finished four points behind in the standings.

Susee was joined in the top 10 by teammates Noe Jines and Adrian Parra, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Jines, a freshman, set a new personal-best time in the 5K after crossing the finish line with at 18:40.3, while Parra trailed him by less than two seconds.

Seniors John Savage (30th, 20:18.0) and Brent Lang (36th, 20:45.7) rounded out the Trojans’ top five.

On the girls side, Lauren Stokley led the field of 48 runners with a time of 21:06.6, marking the third time in five races the junior runner has finished first overall. Stokley took the top spot three days earlier at the Jefferson Invitational and was the first to cross the finish line at the Oktoberfest Invitational earlier in the month.

Teammate Cheyla Moranchel finished 11th with a time of 23:08.8, while Allegra Popper was 41st with a time of 30:30.4 in her first week of competition with the team.

The Trojans travel to Stayton Middle School Thursday to take part in the 32-team Regis Invitational.

Woodburn

Placido Salvador led all Bulldog runners Wednesday at the Mid-Willamette All School Preview, hosted by Lebanon High School.

Salvador scored his first top-10 finish of the season at the meet, finishing eighth with a time of 17:56. It was the fourth time the senior has crossed the finish line in the top 10 in his high school career. In three races this season, Salvador has been Woodburn’s most consistent runner, posting finishes in the top 15 of every race.

Teammates Gustavo Lopez (15th, 18:45.2) and Eddie Bravo (17th, 18:53.4) gave the Bulldogs three of the top 17 runners at the meet. Tanner Fackrell (24th, 19:53.4) and Alejandro Madrigal (31st, 20:12.1) rounded out Woodburn’s top finishers.

The girls team was led by sophomore Marlen Molina, who finished 38th in a time of 26:38.4 in her second race with the Bulldogs’ cross country team. She was the only member of the Woodburn girls team to finish in the top half of the field.

Sophomore teammate Erika Hernandez was the next Bulldog across the finish line, placing 45th with a time of 27:23. She was followed by Yazmin Rivera (50th, 28:08) and Luz Perfecto (59th, 30:34.7).

The Bulldogs compete Wednesday at Willamette Mission State Park for a Mid-Willamette Conference meet against Lebanon, Dallas and host-Silverton.

North Marion

The Huskies cross country team saw their first action in 11 days when they traveled to Willamette Mission State Park to host the North Marion Invitational.

The long wait between meets didn’t result in any rust for the North Marion runners, as the boys team placed third out of 12 teams.

Sophomore Colin Barrow led four North Marion boys who placed in the top 20 of the field after placing ninth with a time of 18:40. The placement was a season-best for the first-year runner, whose previous best was 33rd at the Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook earlier in the season.

Barrow was joined by senior Ben Hanberg (12th, 19:02), senior Grant Barrow (19th, 19:42) and junior Klayton Pippert (20th, 19:50) to help the Huskies finish with 79 team points, behind McKay’s 69 and Central Catholic’s 38.

Freshman Ulises Vargas rounded out the Huskies’ top five with a 32nd-place finish in 20:12.

North Marion’s lone representative on for the girls was senior Hannah Surcamp, who placed ninth in 22:54.1. Surcamp’s time and placement were both season bests in the 5K.

The Huskies next compete Wednesday at the Star City Classic in Salem’s Bush Pasture Park.