Kennedy easily won the girls Pre-District Challenge cross country race in Salem Oct. 20, but the real battle was for the places behind the winners.
By Brad Mosher
Nestucca won that battle, edging Neah-Kah-Nie and East Linn Christian for second with 104 points. The Pirates had 107 points, followed by East Linn Christian with 109 points.
Neah-Kah-Nie freshman Karissa Hadermann beat out Nestucca’s Rachel Whittles for fourth in the race with a time of 21:09.6, while Whittles grabbed fifth 10 seconds later.
The Pirates’ other fast freshman, Aspen Becker, came in eighth with a time of 21:57.
Nestucca’s Payton Hopkins was the second Lady Cat to cross the line, taking 18th in a time of 23:24.8, while Lacoya Remy-Hamer of Neah-Kah-Nie edged out Nestucca’s Tea Chatelain in the battle for 22nd place. Remy-Hamer was timed in 23:35.5, while Chatelain followed at 23:44.4 in the contest between the rival teams’ third runners.
Neah-Kah-Nie still had an edge in scoring after three runners, but that started to disappear when Jessica Bailey was the fourth Lady Cat runner to finish, placing 27th in 24:07.8.
Roan Childress was the fourth runner in for Neah-Kah-Nie, placing 45th with a time of 25:07.2.
Nestucca was able have their fifth runner come in next, as Becca Ziegler took 58 th in a time of 26:25.5, while Montana Ruona was the fifth Neah-Kah-Nie runner to finish (62nd, 26:37.2). Nula Reid (65th, 26:43.8) was next to finish, while teammate Kayla Naylor (81st, 27:54) and Mairade Reid (101st, 30:04.7) followed her in.
Kennedy had a winning score of 46 points after placing two in the top 10, along with two more in the first 16 finishers.
In the team standings, Blanchet Catholic was fifth (145), while Salem Academy followed in sixth (166).
Vernonia and Faith Bible Christian, the only other NWL teams in the field, finished 10th with a score of 241 points, and 13th with 270 points, respectively.