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The time is now for Indians' first individual cross country championship

Scappoose girls have not missed a state meet in 16 years

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Indians junior Linnaea Kavulich can win her third Cowapa League championship in a row and Scappoose's first individual cross country state championship this season.The Indians have a shot at their first individual Class 4A cross country state championship.

Linnaea Kavulich, the junior twice-defending Cowapa League champion back from fourth at Class 4A state — 10 seconds behind winner Celie Mans of Siuslaw (Florence) — leads the Scappoose girls, who finished sixth at state and have not missed the state meet in 16 years.

Grace Rieman, Emily Marquardt and Lisbeth Melgar joined Kavulich at state as juniors, and Georgia Benner and Erin Reardon were sophomores.

John Kavulich is a junior returning from sixth among Cowapa League individuals.

The Indians boys have not reached state since 2013, but senior Austin Sharp, juniors Josiah Oliver and Will Harley and sophomore Matthew Carrier helped their fourth-place conference finish.

Scappoose is scheduled to open the season at the 68-team Ultimook Race Invitational, which includes the first-time defending Class 4A team champion Seaside boys, individual winner Bradley Rzewnicki, and the seven-time champion Siuslaw girls, at 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 3 at Hydrangea Ranch in Tillamook.

The Cowapa League Championships begin on Oct. 27 at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, and the state meet is set for Nov. 5 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

The Scappoose boys won the Class AA state championship in 1981, and the girls won the Class 4A state title in 2011.

Scappoose Indians

COACH: David Harley

CONFERENCE: Class 4A, Cowapa League

2015 FINISH: Boys fourth in league, missed state; Girls third in league, sixth at state


Sept. 3 Scappoose at Ultimook Race Invitational, 8:15 a.m., Hydrangea Ranch, Tillamook

Sept. 9-10 Scappoose at Ash Creek Festival, Western Oregon University Ash Creek Preserve, Monmouth

Sept. 14 Scappoose at Silver Falls Oktoberfest Invitational, 4 p.m., Silver Falls State Park

Sept. 24 Scappoose at Nike Portland meet, 8:30 a.m., Portland Meadows Race Track

Sept. 29 Scappoose at Trojan Relays, Trojan Recreation Park, Rainier

Oct. 8 Scappoose at Paul Mariman Invitational, 1 p.m., Philomath High School

Oct. 12 Scappoose, La Salle Prep, Milwaukie, Sandy at St. Helens, McCormick Park

Oct. 15 Scappoose at George Fox Classic, 10 a.m., Willamette Mission State Park, Gervais

Oct. 18 Scappoose at Valiant Invitational, Valley Catholic High School, Beaverton

Oct. 27 Scappoose at Cowapa League Championships, Camp Rilea, Warrenton

Nov. 5 Scappoose at Class 4A State Championships, Lane Community College, Eugene