OCOSTA — Naselle’s Katie Green took another big step toward qualifying for her fourth straight trip to the state cross country meet by finishing seventh at the Pacific League meet Oct. 24.

Teammate Katelyn Magie took a whopping 48 seconds off her time from a year ago finishing 17th.

Emily Bjornsgard finished 30th in 25:16, while Grace Zimmerman placed 41st in 37:43, her best time by 20 seconds in the 2.95-mile course at Ocosta.

Cameron Burch finished 29th in the boys race with a time of 20:43, nearly three minutes better than his previous PR (personal record). Seventh grade Lindsay Hunt placed ninth in the middle school league race.

“The course was flat so I was able to get a pretty good time,” said Magie. “I did not run a PR, but I did beat my time at the league meet in Ocosta by quite a bit. I want to get under 22 minutes at district and that will give me a shot at going to state.”

“Katie has been working on getting off to better starts, but she ran the first mile in 6:50 instead of 6:30 like she had planned to do,” Said coach Scott Smith. “She has trained hard all season and has a strong finish to her races. She needs a boost of confidence. There are a lot of really fast freshmen in the district, plus the veteran runners that will push her.”

Naselle runners Selah Wulf and Savannah Zimmerman missed the race due to illness.

Northwest Christian won both the boys and girls races and Ocosta was second in both. The Navigators are rated as solid District IV favorites in both divisions as well.

The District IV 2B cross country meet will take place Saturday at Mossyrock Park, with the boys race starting at noon and the girls race beginning at 1 p.m.

The top four teams and top 20 finishers in both the boys and girls divisions qualify for the state championship meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco Nov. 9.

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