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Morrell and Allen claim individual crowns at district

The Reynolds boys team edges David Douglas for second place

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Centennial senior Thomas Morrell III paces himself along with a pack of Central Catholic runners at the halfway point Wednesday. He went on to win in 16:08.3.The Reynolds Raiders used a wall of green shirts Wednesday to earn a second-place finish in the boys race at the Mount Hood Conference district meet and secure a spot into the 6A state meet.

The Raiders did their damage with a tightly-bunched four-person pack that formed midway through the race and held together through the finish line, coming through the chute just 10 seconds apart.

Reynolds fifth and final scoring racer crossed the line 13 spots and more than half a minute ahead of David Douglas’ No. 4 racer — the team the Raiders were targeting at the meet.

Reynolds finished second with 82 points — four ahead of the Scots, who grabbed the third and final state berth. Central Catholic put its scoring five among the top 10 overall to win the meet with 29 points.

Centennial senior Thomas Morrell III paced himself behind a pack of Central runners most of the way before surging to the front over the final kilometer and cruising to a win well ahead of any challengers in 16:08.30.

Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglas junior Kennedy Allen spent the entire race alone well ahead of the pack on her way to a win in 18:56.5.

On the girls side, David Douglas junior Kennedy Allen moved to the lead from the starting gun and stretched it out to a 30-second gap by the time she crossed through in 18:56.5.

Central Catholic won the girls meet with 55 points, beating Oregon City on the tiebreaker when the Rams sixth racer Carly Burkhartsmeyer beat her Pioneers’ counterpart by 12 spots.

Look for expanded race coverage in the Friday, Oct. 24, print edition.

View a photo gallery from the race at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

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