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Saints rely on local legs to lead the way

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Jacob Fry was the lead runner at Reynolds High last fall and will contend for that same spot at Mt. Hood CC this season.The Mt. Hood CC cross country team brings a fresh set of legs to the trails this fall with only two returning athletes in the mix for head coach Jim Satterfield.

The Saints women are led by rookie Leah Russell out of Gresham, who won the 6A 300-meter hurdles during last spring’s state track meet. She was third in the high hurdles. Russell earned a top-25 finish for the Gophers at last year’s Mount Hood Conference cross country championships.

The men’s team features similar youth with five of the six runners beginning their collegiate careers. Jon Morrell-Salter out of Sandy High is the only returner after running in the team’s No. 5 spot last season.

Rookie Jacob Fry out of Reynolds High should also contend to be the Saints front-runner after securing a top-10 finish for the Raiders during last year’s Mount Hood Conference district meet.

Look for an expanded preview in our Friday, Aug. 26, print edition.