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Newport High School senior Sam Laurel competes Saturday in the Stayton Invitational cross-country meet, held at the Stayton Middle School nature trails. Laurel led the Cubs boys effort, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 18 seconds to place fourth. The Newport boys were fourth in the team standings. (Photo courtesy of David Larsen)

STAYTON — Seniors set the pace for the Newport High School cross-country teams for the second time in as many weekends when the Cubs ran Saturday in the Stayton Invitational meet at the Stayton Middle School nature trails.

Though the Newport girls placed third of four scoring teams, Aliya Larsen earned a second-place individual finish, crossing the line in the 5,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 25 seconds. Freshman Adele Beckstead from Philomath edged Larsen by seven seconds to take the girls individual medalist honors. Ingrid Hellesto from team champion Philomath was third at 20:43, followed by Myranda Marquez from Woodburn. Sisters sophomore Ella Bartlett rounded out the top five.

Newport sophomore Charlotte Gardner placed 21st in 23:24, and teammate Victoria Smith, a junior, was 40th, clocking a time of 25:39.

Philomath’s 21 points were good for first in the team standings. Stayton was second at 54 points, Newport collected 71 points and Harrisburg was fourth with 93.

The Cubs boys finished fourth of nine scoring teams, led by senior Sam Laurel’s fourth-place finish. Newport scored 106, while team champion South Albany tallied 46, Philomath had 49 and Sisters totaled 93.

Logan Parker, from South Albany, was the individual boys champion. His 16:32 mark bested runner-up Brody Bushnell from Philomath by 10 seconds. Mathew Resnik from South Albany took third in 17:16, and was two seconds faster than Laurel in fourth place.

Newport senior James Lackey posted a 13th-place finish with a time of 18:15, while Cubs freshmen Finn Collson was 24th and Noah Larsen placed 25th.

Both Newport teams are scheduled to run Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Northwest Classic at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Stayton Invitational cross country

Sept. 11 at Stayton Middle School nature trails

Girls results

Team scores: Philomath 21, Stayton 54, Newport 71, Harrisburg 93.

Top-20 individuals — 1, Adele Beckstead, Philomath, 20:18; 2, Aliya Larsen, Newport, 20:25; 3, Ingrid Hellesto, Philomath, 20:43; 4, Myranda Marquez, Woodburn, 20:43; 5, Ella Bartlett, Sisters, 20:50; 6, Athena Lau, Scio, 20:55; 7, Cami Oliva, Cascade, 21:32; 8, Rachel Kintz, Kennedy, 21:32; 9, Kateri Pindell, Philomath, 21:45; 10, Hope Bridge, Stayton, 21:47; 11, Sasha Stolasz, Sisters, 21:50; 12, Hannah Dempsey, South Albany, 21:53; 13, Kaeleigh Houchin, Philomath, 22:02; 14, Hanna McDaniel, Philomath, 22:38; 15, Sarah Wolf, Stayton, 22:45; 16, Sam Rubesh, South Albany, 22:46; 17, Alexandra Newton, Cascade, 22:48; 18, Audrey Gerding, Philomath, 22:54; 19, Hallie Morrison, Philomath, 22:59; 20, Kajsa Merz, Cottage Grove, 23:15.

Other Newport finishers: 21, Charlotte Gardner, 23:24; 40, Victoria Smith, 25:39; 45, Emma Schaffner, 27:16; 48, Taylor Schaffner, 27:52.

Boys results

Team scores: South Albany 46, Philomath 49, Sisters 93, Newport 106, Cottage Grove 107, Woodburn 153, Stayton 155, Jefferson 194, Harrisburg 209.

Top-20 individuals — 1, Logan Parker, South Albany, 16:32; 2, Brody Bushnell, Philomath, 16:42; 3, Mathew Resnik, South Albany, 17:16; 4, Sam Laurel, Newport, 17:18; 5, Mateo Candanoza, Philomath, 17:21; 6, Zander Campbell, South Albany, 17:33; 7, Carter Bengtson, Cottage Grove, 17:39; 8, Ben Hernandez, Philomath, 17:51; 9, Ryan Garcia, Woodburn, 17:52; 10, Hayden Roth, Sisters, 18:00; 11, Ethan Petersen, Cottage Grove, 18:04; 12, Robbie Johnston, South Albany, 18:11; 13, James Lackey, Newport, 18:15; 14, Jesse Erickson, Philomath, 18:19; 15, Jacob Sieminski, Sweet Home, 18:20; 16, David Rowe, Mohawk, 18:21; 17, Max Palanuk, Sisters, 18:27; 18, Kaleb Briggs, Sisters, 18:32; 19, Brody Ramseyer, Stayton, 18:33; 20, Tanner Manning, Regis, 18:35.

Other Newport finishers: 24, Finn Collson, 19:03; 25, Noah Larsen, 19:13; 58, Noah Daniels, 21:43; 73, Matthew Rash, 27:03.

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Taft harriers begin season

At Jewell, senior Kaden Hindman led the way as the Taft High School cross-country teams competed Saturday in their first race of the season, the 5,000-meter Logger Elk Run at Teevin Ranch.

The Tiger boys team, paced by Hindman’s 11th-place finish, were fifth in the team standings. Astoria tallied 45 points to post the team win, followed by runner-up Knappa with 61. Third-place Vernonia scored 109 to edge Seaside (110) and Taft (111).

Taft’s girls scored 68 points and did not place a runner among the top-20 individuals. The Tiger girls best performance came via freshman Ximena Sanchez, who clocked in at 28 minutes, 58.90 seconds and placed 21st. Vernonia earned the girls team championship with 27 points and was followed by Seaside (58), Astoria (62) and Taft (68).

Hindman finished the course in 20:44.50, more than three minutes behind individual medalist Isaiah Rodriguez of Knappa, who posted a winning time of 17:11.50. The Tiger boys also received top-30 finishes came from freshman Cameron Towbridge (24th), senior Brayan Mateo (27th) and junior Cooper Fitch (28th).

Taft’s is next scheduled to compete Sept. 22 at the Santiam Christian Invitational.

Logger Elk Run

Sept. 11 at Teevin Ranch, Jewell

Girls results

Team scores: Vernonia 27, Seaside 58, Astoria 62, Taft 68.

Top-20 individuals — 1, Delaney Draeger, Vernonia, 21:48.80; 2, Jordan White, Neah-Kah-Nie, 22:35.50; 3, Sadie Gump, Vernonia, 23:17.50; 5, Ella Zilli, Astoria, 23:35.40; 6, Elena Zielke, Vernonia, 23:35.40; 7, Layla Varozza, Seaside. 24:49.90; 8, Elise Seppa, Seaside, 24:49.90; 9, Alondra Pina, Knappa, 25:35.00; 10, Abigail Miller, Warrenton, 25:36.90; 11, Asia Plaza Garcia, Vernonia, 25:56.40; 12, Payten Buckelew, Warrenton, 26:08.70; 13, Keira Long, Astoria, 26:37.60; 14, Margaret Goin, Seaside, 27:08.30; 15, Abigail Shields, Amity, 27:37.40; 16, Eloise Pedersen, Vernonia, 27:50.50; 17, Tara Lair, Seaside, 27:56.50; 18, Alivia Swearingen, Jewell, 28:16.00; 19, Jessica Alba, Amity, 28:29.40; 20, Abigail Moehnke, Banks, 28:42.90.

Taft finishers: 21, Ximena Sanchez, 28:58.90; 24, Julia Towers, 30:07.50; 25, Yanelli Hermosillo-Carrasco, 30:17.20; 28, Jayde Reyes, 31:29.10; Sienna Lillebo, 31:54.80; Addy Dailey, 39:35.60.

Boys results

Team scores: Astoria 45, Knappa 61, Vernonia 109, Seaside 110, Taft 111, Warrenton 117, Neah-Kah-Nie 145.

Top-20 individuals — 1, Isaiah Rodriguez, Knappa, 17:11.40; 2, Zander Moha, Warrenton, 18:07.00; 3, James Roehr, Seaside, 18:45.50; 4, John Clement, Astoria, 18:45.60; 5, Nicholas Nikander, Jewell, 18:48.50; 6, Evan Miller, Vernonia, 19:03.50; 7, Tommy Laman, Astoria, 19:58.80; 8, John Colquhoun, Astoria, 20:10.00; 9, Everett Rollins, Seaside, 20:20.90; 10, Joshua Peterson, Knappa, 20:35.90; 11, Kaden Hindman, Taft, 20:44.50; 12, Nathan Streibeck-Peterson, Warrenton, 20:45.70; 13, Soren Brown, Knappa, 20:53.40; 14, Elias Harding-Coe, Astoria, 20:54.40; 15, Alex Welsh, Neah-Kah-Nie, 21:02.10; 16, Cole Hudnall, Astoria, 21:08.10; 17, August Sewell, Banks, 21:09.80; 18, Peter Hahn, Vernonia, 21:10.30; 19, Daniel Messing, Astoria, 21:16.70; 20, Ste[hen Ero, Astoria, 21:24.30.

Other Taft finishers — 24, Cameron Towbridge, 22:01.20; 27, Brayan Mateo, 22:18.40; 28, Cooper Fitch, 22:22.60; 34, Eli Jones, 23:33.10.

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