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Lion runners wrap up the regular season in fine form


All that remains for West Linn is next weeks district meet where both teams hope to qualify for state

West Linn cross country teams appear to be in terrific form as the season starts to wind down.

The Lions had strong showings in last week's dual meet and the competitive Adidas Classic at Concordia over the weekend and hope to make a strong showing at the upcoming district meet.

The West Linn boys knocked off Lake Oswego and Reynolds in their dual meet last week. Connor Cushman and Tyler Griffin finished back to back in fourth and fifth place respectively, crossing the line just one second apart and nearly cracking 17 minutes.

West Linn would place six runners in the top-10 in the race at Rooster Rock State Park in Gresham.

Freshman Roman Ollar finished just a few seconds behind Griffin in sixth place in 17:05.93. Three more Lions finished in a pack in eighth, ninth and tenth.

Colin Sqpuires crossed the finish line in 17:31.65, followed closely by Grayson Ollar and Michael Sullivan. While West Linn didn't place a runner in the top three, the team's depth was enough to easily win the meet.

The West Linn girls team also turned in a very strong performance, barely falling to Lake Oswego.

Rebecca Donnelly continued her strong season, taking third place overall in 21:14.33.

Marija Jozic was sixth, fending off a Reynolds runner down the stretch in the process.

Cailin Guerins took ninth, finishing under 22 minutes while Julia Boyd-Helm and Tara Galloway finished just one second apart and took 11th and 12th to round out West Linn's scoring.

At the Adidas Classic, the West Linn boys took 11th place as a team. The course turned out to be exceptionally fast as nearly everyone who ran turned in a personal-best time.

Griffin finished first for the boys, taking 36th overall while Cushman was just 10 second behind in 50th.

Roman Ollar cracked 17 minutes, finishing in 16:41.5 while Colin Squires and Grayson Ollar rounded out West Linn's top five and crossed the line with nearly identical times.

For the girls, Donnelly was West Linn's top finisher, taking 58th place overall in the elite division. Jozic and Guerins weren't far behind in 75th and 80th and Hanna Morford cracked the top-100 for the Lions.

West Linn now has a brief respite before next Wednesday's district meet at Clackamas Community College.