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Scappoose boys, girls win Cowapa League XC crowns

As expected, girls handily run away with district title, boys a bit of a surprise


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Tia Carnahan and Charlie Davidson raced all the way to the finish last week at district. Carnahan (left) just nipped Davidson at the wire.
The Scappoose High cross country teams did everything Coach David Harley asked on Thursday, earning both the girls and boys championships.

The Tribe girls are the defending 4A state champions and expect to finish high at the state meet this Saturday in Eugene (Lane Community College). They ran away with the meet.

The Lady Indians’ Tia Carnahan and Charlie Davidson led the way with the closest of finishes. Carnahan, a senior, was second as a freshman, first as a sophomore, and second to Davidson, a junior, last year.

The pair, certainly in the top 10 at state, ran side by side over the 5,000 meter course at Camp Rilea. Just a few yards before the finish, Davidson tried to move to the front on Carnahan and out lean her at the finish. Carnahan barely held off the challenge.

Carnahan said she was a little surprised by the move, but not upset by it.

“It’s great running with Charlie, we mumble at each other in every race,” she said, meaning they encourage each other. Still, Carnahan wanted to finish with the title. A year earlier she was hampered by a shoe that came untied, but she’s had a slight edge over Davidson most of the season. Davidson also plays on the top-ranked Scappoose soccer team.

Finishing up the top five for the Scappoose girls were Lucy Davidson (6th), Sarah Carrier (9th), and Lindsey Marquardt (13th). Scappoose had 31 team points, finishing ahead of Yamhill-Carlton with 60.

“A great district meet for our runners,” Harley said. “We always set a goal each year to win league and qualify for state. That is first and foremost at the start of each summer and fall season. We have had a really strong run of athletes over the last several years which has meant multiple titles for both teams.”

It’s made it pretty easy on the coach.

“I think that the girls have now won eight of the last 10 district meets and the boys four of five,” Harley said, “so they kind of expect that they will be in the mix and it really makes it easier for anyone who joins the team to buy into what we are doing day in and day out because they have a sense that they will ultimately be successful.”by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Hunter Hoyt was a solid second in Thursday's race. He led the Tribe to an impressive team championship.

Harley was also very pleased with the boy’s effort.

The Tribe's Hunter Hoyt, a junior, finished second overall, just a few seconds behind Seaside's Brett Willyard. Freshman Mason Reardon was sixth for the Indians with sophomore Dan Carrier 9th, Stephen Gift, a sophomore, 12th, and Colby Wedgworth, a senior, 17th.

“I can’t say enough about the boys,” Harley added. “We mapped out a three-year plan this summer and so far they are doing everything we ask and simply get better each week. That sounds like a cliché, but as many coaches will tell you—when you get a group that really buys into that and trusts one another in what they are wanting to do—good things happen, and sometimes faster than planned. This group of boys is one of those teams.”

Scappoose results:

Girls

Varsity team scores: Scappoose 31, Yamhill-Carlton 60, Astoria 69, Tillamook 99, Seaside 126, Banks 127.

Scappoose Individuals: 1) Tia Carnahan, 20:02.89; 2) Charlie Davidson, 20:03.36; 6) Lucy Davidson, 21:27.96; 9) Sarah Carrier, 22:00.63; 11) Lindsey Marquardt, 22:33.05; 15) Anna Hernandez, 22:53.82; 19) Lucia Morud, 24:09.36.

Jayvee team scores: Scappoose 15, Yamhill-Carlton 50

Individuals: 1) Ashleigh Lovell, 24:47.56; 2) Macy Gray, 25:15.58; 3) Sadie Krahn, 25:19.02; 5) Ingrid Melgar 26:13.82; 6) Sarah Davison, 26:19.21; 7) Clare Kessi, 27:03.51; 8) Caley Ricker, 27:36.68; 10) Miranda Raw, 27:55.66.

Boys

Varsity team scores: Scappoose 46, Astoria 60, Tillamook 62, Seaside 89, Yamhill-Carlton 115, Banks 133.

Scappoose Individuals: 2) Hunter Hoyt, 17:10.5; 6) Mason Reardon, 17:39.32; 9) Dan Carrier, 17:51.69; 12) Stephen Gift, 18:10.66; 17) Colby Wedgworth, 18:45.82; 2) Jim Cutrona, 19:23.18; 28) Jacob Harley, 19:45.56.

Jayvee team scores: Tillamook 25, Scappoose 30.

Scappoose Individuals: 2) Jesse Hanson, 19:12.59; 3) Brandon Pantanjo 19:35.65; 6) Damion Hansen, 20:03.41; 10) Julian Ribera, 22;05.09; 11) Spry Jonah, 22:15.5; 15) Logan Ross, 23:29.77; 16) Richard Fritz, 23:47.14; 19) Mikal Rekdal, 24:16.66; 21) Silas Bell, 25:29.2; 26) Chase Pixley, 32:12.2; 27) Nick Savio, 37:19.13.