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Cougars improve all season

The Cougars’ boys finished seventh at the District 7 Championship in Tualatin on Wednesday.

“I was apprehensive at the beginning of the season,” Coach Kurt Lewandowski said. He didn’t know how well they would do and his team had lost a few good runners from the previous year. However, his team this year “improved every meet,” he said. “Their individual progress was good.”

On the boys side, Levi Losli was the strongest, most consistent runner. “There was three or four [runners] that would finish behind him,” Lewandowski said. They were very competitive with each other though, so the order in which they finished varied a lot.

Though Losli led the team in time, it was Cooper Nofziger who brought “chemistry and team focus” to the pack,” Lewandowski said.

Overall, the boys improved all season, particularly Parker McClaugherty.

McClaugherty’s first 5K time this season was 26:42.75. As the season progressed, he did more than chisel seconds off that time, he hacked it down by five minutes. At districts, he ran 21:43.

Girls

On the girls side, the Cougars had three runners. At the beginning of the season, Lewandowski said he thought Carolyn Botsford would be their top runner, as she had the most experience. However, it turned out Anna Cunningham was their strongest.

Lewandowski said that he wished the girls team would have been more competitive with each other, but “it’s just not their personality. They’re really nice girls, and they were very supportive of each other in training but not overly competitive.”

However, he did see a flare of competitive nature in Cunningham at the Estacada meet.

“I saw fire in her eyes,” Lewandowski said.

It was a shorter race, a three miler. Cunningham finished in 24:37.45.

The third girl on the team, Gabrielle Fincher, had never run cross country before. “She made a lot of improvement,” Lewandowski said. “Hopefully she’ll continue.”

Finishing times

Girls

Junior Anna Cunningham: 33rd, 28:45.47 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 26:26.9.

Senior Carolyn Botsford: 35th, 28:52.98 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 28:26.19.

Freshman Gabrielle Fincher: 37th, 29:50.27 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 29:06.9.

Boys

Junior Levi Losli: 30th, 20:11 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 19:48.94.

Sophomore Alex Satrum: 41st, 21:22 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 21:22.

Sophomore Parker McClaugherty: 44th, 21:43 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 21:43.

Sophomore John Kendall: 47th, 21:58 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 21:32.6.

Junior Ben Grandle: 50th, 23:04 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 22:36.87.

Sophomore Michael Mann: 52nd, 23:17 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 23:17.

Senior Cooper Nofziger: 55th, 28:18 at District 7 Championship.

5K season best: 26:08.75.

Senior Matt Salveta: 5K season best: 38:37.01.

3K season best: 16:17.9.

Freshman Sam Grandle: 5K season best: 28:48.

3K season best: 15:11.




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