WESTPORT - Erin Saari finished seventh for the Naselle high cross country team at the "north" league meet Thursday, while runners Forrest Emo finished fifth and Calen Thompson seventh in the junior high race.

The teams taking part included Ocosta, North Beach, Northwest Christian, Onalaska, Rainier, Adna, Oakville and Willapa Valley.

"It also was the final meet for our junior high runners on a 1.6 mile course," coach Ryan Bjornsgard said, who added that Emo had a time of 11:19 and Thompson ran a 11:49.

In the high school meet, run on a 2.9 mile course, Saari again led the Naselle runners, finishing in 21:55 in the girls' race. She was the only Naselle female runner, as Narci Carlson was injured. The Rainier girls won the girls portion of the meet with 26 points.

In the boys race, the Comets had only three runners compete, with two other runners, Spencer Griss and Garrick Bennett, on a school-sponsored workshop in Yakima held on smoking cessation.

"We would have had a full team if they would have been there and we should have a full team next week at district," said Bjornsgard.

Of the three Comet boys who ran, Cory Teubner finished 37th in 20:34, Ryan Nortrup came in 44th in 20:59, and Ching-Che Lin (a foreign exchange student from Taiwan) ran very well in his first race, finishing in 23:45 for 51st place. Northwest Christian led the boys meet with 40 points.

The district meet will be held this Saturday at Newaukum Golf Course in Chehalis. Both the boys and girls A and B meet will send the top two teams to state, plus the top 10 runners. The A/B girls will run at 12:20 p.m. and the B boys (10 teams total) run at 1 p.m.

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