Canby Cross Country Will Send Nine Athletes to the State Tourney This Year

Canby will send a total of nine athletes to the state cross country tournament after they successfully qualified at the Three Rivers League finals this week. The top seven individuals from each race qualify, along with the top three teams.

Canby Athletics on Twitter

And they’re off!! Canby men’s cross county competes against the rest of the TRL on a great day at Clackamas Community College!!! Good luck gentlemen!!

Izabela Kacalek punched her ticket to state first, finishing third in the women’s varsity, followed 15 seconds later by Jennifer Torres, who claimed fourth. When all had finished, Canby’s team score was high enough to edge St. Mary’s Academy and finish third overall.

For the men, Canby’s top finisher was a bit of a surprise, as sophomore Tommy O’Neill came in fifth. His time was a full minute and 23 second improvement from his performance at the Three Rivers League Preview meet at the start of the season, where he’d finished 34th.

Senior Matthew Powell, who has paced the men’s team at most meets this year, finished seventh to snag the final qualifying spot.

Greg Dinse on Twitter

Great job Izzy and Jennifer. 3rd and 4th at district XC and personal records! Great job! #GoCougars #CanbyProud

The state meet will be held at Lane Community College in Eugene. Of the nine athletes Canby will send, only Izzy Kacalek has ever been before. Congrats, guys!

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