The continuing battle between the girls cross country teams from Nestucca and Neah-Kah-Nie moved to a bigger – and wetter – battlefield Saturday.
By Brad Mosher
The two teams were the top two squads from the Northwest League and District 3. That changed Saturday at Lane Community College, just south of Eugene.
Neah-Kah-Nie beat rival Nestucca by 24 points – in the battle for ninth place in the state meet.
Catlin Gabel won the state 3A/2A/1A crown with a team score of 54 points, followed by Enterprise (66) and Union (89). Kennedy (150) edged ahead of St. Mary’s (157) in the battle for fourth, while Oak Hill (174). Oregon Episcopal (187) and Creswell (199) were sixth, seventh and eighth.
Neah-Kah-Nie finished ninth with 210 points, finishing ahead of Nestucca (234). Bandon was the final team with 241 points.
The Lady Pirates’ top runner, Karissa Hadermann placed 23rd overall with a time of 21:07. Aspen Becker followed in 34th with a time of 21:50 for the wet 5-kilomter course around the college campus.
Lacoya Remy-Hamer (62nd, 23:57) followed, along with Montana Ruona (69th, 24:42), Roan Childress (74th, 25:21), Kayla Naylor (84th, 29:25) and Nula Reid (86th, 29:53).
Rachel Whittles (42nd, 22:19) led the Lady Cats, with Tea Chatelain (47th, 22:45), Payton Hopkins (54th, 23:21), Jaykayla Jackson (71st, 24:56) and Becca Ziegler (78th, 25:41) following across the finish line.