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Dallas Readies For Pac-9 Meet

The cross country team will journey to Clackamas College.

DALLAS -- Dallas' cross country season likely will come to an end in the Pac-9 Conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Clackamas College.

But even if the Dragons don't send a single runner to the state meet, coach Monique Lankheet isn't going to be displeased with her team's performance this season.

"We've really improved as a team," Lankheet said. "It's amazing how fast they've gotten better. We have a lot of talent, we just ran out of time. The season went by really, really fast.

"A lot of our boys started out running in the (20-minute range). A lot of the girls were running like 27 or 28 (minutes). They've worked so hard this season. Even though they're not going to state, it doesn't reflect how hard they've worked this year."

Dallas' top two finishers likely will be sophomore Vita Picchi-Dobson on the girls side and Michael Ryan on the boys side. Sarah Sitkei and Amber Earhart are the only seniors on the girls roster.

Newberg is a clear-cut favorite on the boys side. Tualatin is expected to claim the girls title with competition from McMinnville and Tigard.

"Personally, I think we geared up due to the type of workouts we've done," Lankheet said. "We've been tapering, and we're looking for some stellar performances. I'm hoping some great performances will get them jazzed up about coming back next year."

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