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John Kavulich, Linnaea Kavulich lead Indians at Paul Mariman Invitational

Juniors take respective second and fifth in boys' and girls' runs

PHOTO CREDIT: SCAPPOOSE CROSS COUNTRY - John KavulichPHOTO CREDIT: SCAPPOOSE CROSS COUNTRY - Linnaea KavulichJohn Kavulich and Linnaea Kavulich were frontrunners in respective second and fifth place at the Paul Mariman Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Philomath.

The Indians girls came up fourth with 131 points behind Class 3A/2A/1A Catlin Gabel of Portland (120), Sisters (119) and Philomath (109).

The Tribe boys (222) were sixth as Valley Catholic (84) beat Bandon (113) and Class 3A/2A/1A East Linn Christian of Lebanon (144).

"I think most of our athletes really competed well in a very high-caliber meet," Scappoose coach Dave Harley said. "I was especially impressed with our JV and varsity girls. Really good to see us getting better at this time of the season."

John Kavulich (16:45.2) finished behind North Bend (Coos Bay) senior Michael Brown (16:37.5).

Austin Sharp went 24th in 18:05.9, followed by Matthew Carrier (60th, 19:01.4), Isaiah Ebert (65th, 19:06.3), Josh Lull (74th, a personal-record 19:14.2), Caleb Peckover (95th, 19:46) and Owen Ross (19:47.2).

Linnaea Kavulich (19:43.3) preceded Emma Jones (23rd, 22:05.4), Georgia Benner (25th, 22:15.7), Grace Rieman (39th, 22:53.4), Emily Marquardt (51st, 23:38), Lisbeth Melgar (78th, 24:39.8) and Carra Johnston (92nd, 25:15.3).

Bandon junior Sailor Hutton (18:50.4) won the girls' meet over defending Class 4A state champion and Siuslaw (Florence) senior Celie Mans (19:13.6) and East Linn Christian senior Sydney Nichol (19:34.4).

In the Class 4A ranks, John Kavulich's 15:59.4 from the Nike Portland XC Invite on Sept. 24 leads defending state champion and Seaside senior Bradley Rzewnicki (16:05).

Linnaea Kavulich (19:16.8 from the Ash Creek XC Festival on Sept. 10 in Monmouth) is second in the state to Mans (18:36).

Scappoose was scheduled to join La Salle Prep, Milwaukie and St. Helens on Wednesday at McCormick Park, the official results of which were unavailable at press time.