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Dallas' Dakota Magden Runs To State

The boys cross country team takes fourth at the league meet.

DALLAS -- Dakota Magden of Dallas qualified for state by finishing 15th overall Oct. 27 in the Mid-Willamette Conference Meet at Waterloo Park in Albany.

Magden, a sophomore, completed the 5K circuit in 20:40.8. Her goal was to stay as close as possible to Silverton's Sierra Rysdam, who finished 14th with a time of 20:39.1.

"The race went really well for Dakota," DHS coach Monique Lankheet said. "She definitely was in charge of her race plan, and she followed through on it the whole time. She ran really confidently and finished really strong. It was a great race for her.

"Her plan was to stay with the group of leaders and not let anybody pass her after she made her initial bid. She wanted to stay with Sierra of Silverton, and she ended up sticking to her like glue. That allowed her to relax and not be nervous about things."

Leanora Rhoads of Dallas ran a 25:18.9 and was 37th overall. Other finishers for the Lady Dragons were Stacia Wetter (46th, 27:27.7), Nicholle Howden (47th, 27:36.8) and Vicki Peterson (48th, 29:35.1).

Becca Cudmore (foot) and Christina Wakinyan (knee) missed the meet because of injuries.

The Dallas boys finished fourth in the team contest with 103 points. Crescent Valley was tops with 41 points and was followed by Corvallis (65) and Silverton (81).

The Dragons' Brian Woitte just missed qualifying for state as an individual, taking 13th overall with a 17:22.7 clocking.

"Brian ran an amazing race," Lankheet said. "At the first mile mark, our whole varsity team was within about the first 20 runners. Then, by mile two, Brian sort of took off. At one point, he was probably 15 seconds behind the guy he needed to beat (to get to state). I saw him later and he was about 12 seconds behind. At the finish, he was nine seconds behind. The whole time, he never realized he was that close."

Late addition Darick Galusha ran 17th for the Dragons with a time of 17:52.8. Ty Tietjen was one place back in 17:56.7 and was followed by Gauje Rush (22nd, 18:05.3), Dylan Hainsworth (33rd, 18:43.3), Steve Austin (37th, 19:17.8) and Joe Hurley (19:41.3).

The state meet will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lane Community College in Eugene.

"The whole team ran really well," Lankheet said. "A lot of people were surprised our buys took fourth. They just ran so well. Darick was kind of our ace in the hole. He came back for the last four weeks of the season and just got cleared the day before the race. He hadn't run in a race, yet, and he did really well. He helped us get that fourth spot for sure.

"All of the kids ran really well. They all worked so hard to be successful. They all really put it on the line."

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