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Seniors 36th, 40th in girls', boys' 5,000-meters at Nike World Headquarters

PHOTO CREDIT: DEBBIE HUMPHREY - Indians senior Linnaea Kavulich, center, ran to 36th in 19 minutes, 34.54 seconds in her fourth Nike Border Clash Saturday, Nov. 18.PHOTO CREDIT: DEBBIE HUMPHREY - Indians senior John Kavulich came up 40th in 16 minutes, 36.40 seconds in his second Nike Border Clash boys' 5,000-meter run.PHOTO CREDIT: DEBBIE HUMPHREY - Indians seniors John Kavulich, left, and Linnaea Kavulich, right, enjoy time with Scappoose cross country coach Dave Harley.

Linnaea Kavulich's fourth Nike Border Clash and John Kavulich's second was just the elite Oregon-Washington finale they looked forward to.

Linnaea, second at Class 4A state in her fourth qualification, and John, Scappoose High School's first individual cross country champion in his second state appearance, ran to respective 36th in 19 minutes, 34.54 seconds and 40th (16:36.40) in the girls' and boys' 5,000-meter runs Saturday, Nov. 18, at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton.

"They raced very well: A great way to end their season," Indians coach Dave Harley said.

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Class 4A champion senior Kati Thronson of Lewis and Clark High (Spokane, 18:17.01) crossed the finish line first in the girls' field of 75, and WIAA Class 3A champion James Mwaura of Lincoln High (Tacoma, 15:32.72) left 78 boys in his wake.

Linnaea and John also came up 62nd (19:13.26) in the 158-harrier girls' race and 77th (16:27.82) of 197 boys at the NXR Northwest Regional Championships, featuring runners from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, Nov. 11 at Eagle Island State Park in Boise, Idaho.

Montana High School Association Class AA senior Camila Noe of Bozeman High (17:13.47) and Muara (15:06.75) emerged regional champions.

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