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Vikings start strong, sweep first league cross country meet

FG cross country The Forest Grove boys and girls cross country teams swept their first league meet at McMinnville High School Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14.

The boys finished with a 21-36 edge over McMinnville, while defeating the Saxons of South Salem by a score of 17-45.

They were led by freshman Quincy Norman who placed second behind McMinnville sophomore Zane Fodge. Norman finished the course in 16:26.74, just over six seconds behind Fodge and 35 seconds ahead of his brother, Mac Norman, who was a comfortable third. Other Viking finishers were Riley Stewart in third, Hyrum Hansen in sixth, and David Thacker in the eighth spot.

The girls finished with a 24-33 edge over McMinnville and a 20-42 edge over South Salem.

They were paced by the two, three, four finish of Hannah Aguirre, Hannah Berdahl and Elizabeth Khoury. Followed closely by Eleanor Schnorr, Mila Lumae and Joelle Thacker. The senior, Aguirre, finished the course in 20:12.98.

The junior varsity squads held up their end of the bargain as well, winning their races in dominant fashion.

The JV boys were led by Emilio Ceja, who finished second in his race with a time of 19:18.78. The JV girls were led by sophomore Raychel Hinkey, who won her race and posted a time of 24:35.96.

The team’s next league meet is Wednesday. Sept. 21, versus West Albany and McNary at Keizer Rapids Park in Keizer.