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Union/Cove’s Samuel O’Reilly leads La Grande’s Elliott Jonasson during the inaugural Elgin Stampede Invitational Friday. (Emma Sheehy/For The Observer)
ELGIN — The Union/Cove cross country team continued to do what it’s been doing for years — win races.
The Bobcats won both the boys and girls team titles at the inaugural Elgin Stampede Invitational Friday.
Samuel O’Reilly led the Bobcats on the boys side, finishing fifth.
O’Reilly made his move at the mid-way point of the race, but fell back in the final part of the race. Union/Cove finsished with 43 team points.
“It was a risky tactic,” Union/Cove head coach Steve Sheehy said. “But, Samuel is a great competitor. He ended up dropping about half the group, but paid the price late in the race.”
Ethan Black came in behind O’Reilly in sixth place. Harris Lackey took ninth, and the rest of the Union pack filed in between the 11th and 15th places.
“With 20 boys on the team, we have at least 11 boys vying for our top-seven varsity spots,” Sheehy said. “You can see this competition by looking at our time spread between our fifth and eighth runners. We had those four boys all finish within 11 seconds of one another.”
David Ribich of Enterprise took first place in a time of 17 minutes, 40.61 seconds. La Grande’s Elliott Jonasson took second, nearly a minute later, in a time of 18:50.
William Wood led the home team with a time of 22:43.36.
La Grande came in second, 10 points behind the Bobcats. Todd Keniry and Keegan Dutto placed in the top 10 for the Tigers.
Enterprise came in fourth with 130 points.
On the girls side, Union grabbed a convincing win. The Bobcats finished with 21 points, with Enterprise coming in second with 87 points.
Katriel O’Reilly and McKenzie Evans took first and second, respectively. O’Reilly finished in a time of 20:52.45, and Evans finished in 21:16.17.
Stormy Bullard and Elly Wells both finished in the top five. Bullurd’s time of 22:09.43 was good enough for fourth place. Wells finished a spot behind her teammate with a time of 22:27.05.
“Katriel and Evans put on a show running against Josie Lonai from Mac-Hi in the varsity girls race,” Sheehy said. “They really pushed the pace during the middle part of the race and ended up getting some separation from Lonai in the last half of the race.
La Grande was led by Amanda Welch’s sixth-place finish. The junior crossed the finish line at the 22:40.86.
Dawn Mist Movich-Fields led the Outlaws with a time of 24:32.01, good enough for 12th place.