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Boys cross-country team takes fifth at state


Lions just miss a trophy, Roman Ollar snags eighth

The West Linn boys cross-country team had a terrific showing at state, marked with solid times up and down the lineup.

But the afternoon was also marked with a twinge of disappointment as the Lions missed out on a trophy by the slimmest of margins.

West Linn finished in a tie for fourth place with Aloha but lost the tiebreaker as the Warriors' No. 5 runner placed higher than the Lions' No. 5.

Roman Ollar did earn a spot on the podium individually, cracking the 16-minute barrier and running perhaps his best race of the year.

Ollar took eighth place overall, staying with the lead pack in the race and crossing the line in 15:55 in what was a frenzied scramble following the top-two finishers.

Grayson Ollar also ran one of his better times of the year and took 22nd on the state course at Lane Community College, finishing in 16:27.

Conor Egan was next for West Linn, placing 43rd overall in 16:47, a nearly identical time to the one he posted at districts.

Jacob Evans was next for West Linn in 60th.

The Lions also topped Grant at the state meet, making up for a narrow loss to the Generals at districts.

West Linn returns all four of its top runners next year, three of which are sophomores, and the team figures to be one of the top teams in 6A once again.

In the girls' race, West Linn's lone participant was freshman Johanna Briscoe. Briscoe finished in a time of 20:16, good enough for 40th place overall.