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Prep cross-country: Philomath girls take first, boys second

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DEXTER — A one-two finish by Meaghan Alba and Tegan Weaver helped the Philomath High girls cross-country team to a dominant win Saturday at the Rock ‘n’ River Invitational.

Alba won the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) course in 20 minutes, 22 seconds and Weaver was second in 21:01. Teammate Kendra Sheeder was fourth in 21:22.

Sweet Home’s Bethany Gingerich was ninth in 22:01 and Harrisburg’s Katharina Hinrich’s was 12th in 22:10. Both schools did not field a complete team.

In the boys race, Mitchell Thomas was runner-up in 16:56 to help Philomath take second. Teammate Tim McIlroy was sixth in 17:37.

Sweet Home’s Trey Reed was ninth in 18:06 to lead the Huskies to fourth. Caleb Kelson was 42nd in 21:36 to lead Harrisburg, which fielded an incomplete team.

Marshfield’s Colby Gillett won the race in 16:47 to lead the Pirates to the team title.

Results

Boys team scores: Marshfield 36, Philomath 45, Junction City 89, Sweet Home 95, Pleasant Hill 97, Oakland 110

Philomath results: 2. Mitchell Thomas 16:56, 6. Tim McIlroy 17:37, 10. Andrew Damitio 18:13, 14. Clay Youker 18:35, 15. Clark Hellesto 18:38

Sweet Home results: 9. Trey Reed 18:06, 19. Isaac Justham 19:06, 25. Julian Hesberg 19:54, 27. Joseph Rasmussen 20:16, 33. Noah Taraski 20:38, 40. Nelson Rodgers 21:24, 50. Nick Rietz 23:29

Harrisburg results: 42. Caleb Kelson 21:36, 52. Grant Laiblin 25:40

Girls team scores: Philomath 24, Junction City 73, Sutherlin 73, Pleasant Hill 74, Marshfield 99

Philomath results: 1. Meaghan Alba 20:22, 2. Tegan Weaver 21:01, 4. Kendra Sheeder 21:22, 11. Molly Kilpfel 22:04, 15. Quinn Damitio 22:16, 16. Kindra Coleman 22:27

Sweet Home results: 9. Bethany Gingerich 22:01, 14. Kayleen Keeney 22:15, 30. Sierra Swanson 23:54

Harrisburg results: 12. Katharina Hinrichs 22:10, 39. Jessica Brown 26:01

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