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Linnaea Kavulich stills reigns over Cowapa League

Sophomore cruises to second district cross country title

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JOHN BREWINGTON - Linnaea Kavulich won the Cowapa League Cross Country title on Wednesday at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.Scappoose High School's Linnaea Kavulich said she has been nursing a cold all week, but it didn't slow her down much as the sophomore easily won the Cowapa League district cross country title Wednesday afternoon.

“It was way off (my personal best),” she said after the meet. She posted a 19:57 to win by almost a minute ahead of Tillamook's Kara Putnam. Her personal best is 19:05.

Kavulich said she was seventh in last year's state meet but didn't run her best.

“This year I'm going to win state,” she predicted.

“She has a legitimate shot,” Tribe coach David Harley said. “The state course was like today (Camp Rilea) with hills and such. There are three or four girls that have a chance to win. Two are seniors and two are juniors. She’s (Linnaea) strong and she enjoys the competition. She doesn’t get intimidated and goes out to win.”

Kavulich won't be the only Indian at state, the remainder of the girls team also qualified with a close second behind Tillamook.

“All the girls ran well,” Harley said. “They would have liked to have won it, but feel good about their efforts. They’re excited to run in Eugene.”

The Tribe's Georgia Benner and Emily Marquardt finished 11th and 12th in the meet, while Grace Rieman came in 15th and Erin Reardon was 17th     Macy Gray and Lisbeth Melgar rounded out the Tribe effort in 26th and 38th respectively.

Linnaea said her twin brother John had better make it to state, and although he gave it an all-out effort he would wind up just a second off fifth place. Only the top five are guaranteed state berths.

“It was a disappointing thing,” Harley said. “The whole goal of the boys’ team was to get John to state. He got passed in the last few strides.”

The Tribe boys would finish fourth overall at the meet. Finishes for Scappoose included: John Kavulich in 6th, Austin Sharp 20th, Matthew Carrier 23rd, Mason Reardon 23rd, Shawn Stone 26th, Josiah Oliver 33rd, and Will Harley 35th.

The state meet is on Halloween, Saturday Oct. 31 at Lane Community College in Eugene.