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Viking girl harriers break tie for first in Corvallis

Forest Grove Girls Cross CountryThe Forest Grove Boys and Girls cross country teams had a successful start to their 2016 season at the Greater Valley Conference Preview cross country meet at Crystal Lake Sports Park in Corvallis.

The meet was held last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 31, over the same 3.1-mile course that will be used for the district meet at the end of the year.

The Forest Grove girls team, which finished tied for first amongst the nine teams with McMinnville, won the tiebreaker on the efforts of the Vikings’ sixth finisher, Mila Lumae, who came in ahead of both of the Grizzlies’ fifth- and sixth-place finishers.

Head coach Adrain Shipley said the girls ran in a strong pack throughout the first two miles, before picking up the pace and challenging hard for positions. The Viking girls’ top five finishers — Hannah Berdahl, Hannah Aguirre, Ellie Khoury, Ellie Schnorr and Joelle Thacker — all finished in the race’s top 15.

The Forest Grove boys team finished a close second to first-place finishers West Salem.

The boys’ top three runners finished an impressive third, fourth and fifth, and had five of the top-15 runners. The Viking boys were paced by Quincy Norman, Max Norman, Riley Stewart, Isaac Lopez Haas and Hyrum Hansen.

Shipley said Forest Grove had 18 kids run their first cross country 5K, which by his standard was “pretty cool.”