Just one race remains for the teams before districts

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - The West Linn boys cross country team vies for position at the start of last week's race.The West Linn cross country teams put up a strong showing in their home meet at Mary S. Young State Park last week. The West Linn girls won the meet against Central Catholic and Gresham while the boys finished second behind a loaded Rams squad.

The West Linn girls placed five runners in the top-10 and had four of the top six finishers in the race to rack up an easy victory.

Rebecca Donnelly led the way with a time of 20:50.3 seconds, just 11 seconds behind the winner from Central Catholic.

Marija Jovic wasn't far behind, taking third place in a time of 21:03, one of the best showings of her career.

Cailin Guerins and Leah Henningsen finished back-to-back, taking fifth and sixth place respectively. Henningsen missed her best time of the year by less than 10 seconds.

Julia Boyd-Helm also cracked the top-10, taking ninth place in 21:43.7. Tara Galloway was 11th with her best showing of the year.

For the boys, the race was highlighted by Central Catholic junior Kyle Thompson's performance. Thompson won the event going away, never breaking stride en route to a time of 15:43 and he would go on to win the race by nearly an entire minute.

Central Catholic swept the top three positions individually nearly placed first through fourth but West Linn's Connor Cushman broke up the pack, taking third in 16:41.6

Tyler Griffin finished in sixth place and Roman Ollar was just five seconds behind, nearly cracking 17 minutes.

Colin Squires also cracked the top-10, placing ninth to complete the scoring for the Lions.

West Linn ran at Rooster Rock State Park on Wednesday in a meet against Reynolds, Lake Oswego, Clackamas and Gresham. The Lions have just one race remaining until districts.

The will run at Concordia this Saturday.

The district meet will be held at Clackamas Community College on Oct. 24.

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