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Cross Country: Tribe boys, girls remain in top-10 after Three-Course Challenge

The Scappoose boys tacked on just 166 points to win the 4,500 meter division at the Three-Course Challenge at Camp Rilea on Saturday, led by an 11th place finish from senior Dan Carrier.

Carrier finished in 16:09, second among all Class 4A runners and just six seconds outside of the top-10.

Fellow senior Jacob Harley ran the event in 17:18 for 31st place out of 420 runners, closely followed by Stephen Gift in 38th. Freshman John Kavulich continued his hot streak, running a 17:55 to take 42nd overall, while senior Ethan Marcantonio finished as the final scoring runner for the Indians, taking 88th with a mark of 19:24.

On the girls side, Scappoose fought for a 10th place finish in the 5,000 meters moderate division, led by freshan Gorgia Benner's mark of 26:04 for 25th place. Senior Rachel Bode finished on Benner's heels for 28th, followed by sophomore Abby Carrier, junior Caley Ricker and sophomore Lisbeth Melgar.

In the Hard 5,000 meters division, freshman Linnaea Kavulich did more than just turn heads, battling for a third-place finish in 24:52 to highlight the event for Scappoose. Senior Baylee Maloney finished just outside the top 100.

As far as head-to-head comparison is concerned, the Three-Course challenge throws a major wrench into the game. Few Cowapa League teams had all their varsity runners in the same race, and if they did, the alternative nature of the challenge tends to skew numbers considerably.

Still, coaches voted the Tribe boys as the No. 8 team in Class 4A in the latest coaches poll, released Monday, Sept. 22. Valley Catholic remains at the top with nine first-place votes, while Tillamook has jumped to third with 63. Scappoose is the only other Cowapa League team to have made the rankings with 30 points.

The Indian girls made the list as well, taking the No. 10 spot in the third set of rankings. Molalla, who won last season's 4A state title drops to third, while solid showings have Tillamook in seventh (28 points), Scappose in 10th (11 points) and Valley Catholic sitting just outside the top-10 with eight points.

Class 4A Coaches Poll — Week 3

Boys

1 Valley Catholic 90 (9)

2 Phoenix 79

3 Marshfield 65

4 Tillamook 63

5 North Bend 49

6 Siuslaw 38

7 Philomath 32

8 Scappoose 30

9 La Grande 28

10 Brookings-Harbor 16

xx Elmira 4

xx Ontario 1

Girls

1 Phoenix 89 (8)

2 Siuslaw 82 (1)

3 Molalla 71

4 North Bend 57

6 Sisters 41

7 Hidden Valley 36

8 Tillamook 28

9 Henley 12

10 Scappoose 11

xx Valley Catholic 8

xx Cascade 2

xx Sutherlin 2

xx McLoughlin 1

xx Kalamath Union 1

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