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Raider runners split league opener

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Reynolds Andre Abel surges past Bensons Toby Mick on his way to the finish line as the Raiders No. 5 runner Wednesday at Westmoreland Park.

Mount Hood Conference — Boys

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Oregon City

PORTLAND — The Reynolds boys cross country team slipped the Solano twins to the front of the pack, but it wasn't enough to topple powerhouse Central Catholic in the league-opening dual Wednesday at Westmoreland Park.

The Solanos, Andy and Erik, broke away from Central's lead runner Owen Riley at the two-mile marker to give the Raiders a solid 1-2 start against the Rams. Riley settled back to his support group over the final mile, and the crowd of crimson came through the line comfortably — all seven Rams finishing just three seconds apart.

That flipped the team score into Central's favor — 11 points ahead of the Raiders.

Reynolds salvaged a split by coming in six points in front of Oregon City, picking up most of that margin when its No. 4 racer John Laferte overtook a pair of Pioneers during the sprint to the finish line.

Franklin's Henry Mong won the race, covering the 5K distance in 16:44.4.

Reynolds competes at the Woahink Lake Invitational in Florence on Saturday before returning to league Oct. 5, at Centennial High.

Look for expanded coverage in our Friday, Sept. 30, print edition.

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