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Sweet Home runners compete at state meet

 

November 8, 2016

SYDNEY NICHOL overtakes an opponent during the 1A/2A/3A state cross country meet at Lane Community College.

Sydney Nichol finished in seventh place in the girls 3A/2A/1A State Cross Country finals with a time of 19:37. Her time was a minute and three seconds off her personal best.

The course was soggy and rainy, not the worst weather for Oregonians.

“Her goals were to get top 10,” said East Linn Christian Academy cross country coach Kellen Peters. “She was hoping for a little higher place. She ran 10 seconds faster than last year at state.”

Nichol beat out Isabelle Tingelstad. She was the only runner representing the Eagles on the girls’ side.

However, her teammate on the boys’ side, Wesley Anderson, finished eighteenth. The East Linn boys finished second in the team standings 25 points behind the team state champion Bandon.

Anderson’s time of 17:26 was 44 seconds behind teammate Josh Miner who was the Eagles top finisher at state on the boy’s side.

“We were ranked fourth and getting second was a good accomplishment for them, they were excited,” said Peters. “Obviously, we taper off, but we didn’t as much as we normally do this season, which I think it played a factor in how well they ran at state.

“It was a good season, it was nice they ran well at state. I think the training and strategy paid, hopefully we can keep that up.”

Trey Reed was the only state qualifier for the Huskies. He finished the race in fortieth place, with a time of 17:39.

 
 

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