Boys team wins Tualatin Invite and first crossover meet of the season

by: DAN BROOD - West Linn freshman Johanna Briscoe looks to break free from the pack in last week's Tualatin Invitational. She finished in third place individually in the event. West Linn's cross-country teams are off to exceptionally strong starts this year. The boys team has racked up a pair of convincing victories at the Tualatin Invite and, on Tuesday, at the first crossover meet with the Mount Hood Conference.

At Tualatin last week, the boys were stellar, with Roman Ollar, Grayson Ollar and Michael Sullivan finishing in first, second and third place, all but clinching the meet with those performances. Roman Ollar won the event in 16:16.

Conor Egan finished in ninth place individually, nearly cracking 17 minutes.

The West Linn girls also had a strong showing, taking third place overall as a team.

Freshman Johanna Briscoe led the way, taking third place in a time of 19:43.

The Lions' next finishers all ran as a pack, helping each other through the race. Cailin Guerins took 12th, just seconds ahead of Hanna Morford and Emily Jordan, who all placed in the top-15.

In the crossover meet at Fernhill Park, West Linn saw stronger competition but continued to shine.

The boys won again, easily outdistancing Central Catholic and league powerhouse Lakeridge.

Again it was Roman Ollar with the fastest time for the Lions, this time in 16:05, which was good enough for second place individually.

Grayson Ollar came in fourth. Michael Sullivan took seventh, nearly equalling his career best time, which he posted a week earlier.

Egan finished in eighth and cracked 17 minutes for the first time in his high school career, finishing in 16:51.

Jacob Evans was the Lions' No. 5 runner in the race.

The girls team took third behind Central Catholic and St. Mary's, two teams that should factor into the state title race this season.

Briscoe led the charge again, taking fifth place individually up against some very strong runners.

Jordan was next for the Lions in 40th place, and was followed by Guerins, who crossed the line just two seconds behind her teammate.

Morford also finished in the top 50 for the Lions.

Next up for West Linn is another crossover meet Wednesday at Mary S. Young State Park.

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