TUALATIN — Runners from Astoria and Seaside braved the smokey air of the Willamette Valley to take part in the 13th annual Tualatin Invitational, Saturday at Tualatin High School.
Competing against a field of runners from mostly 5A and 6A schools, the athletes from Clatsop County managed to find some success in the 5,000-meter varsity races.
The Seaside boys did not field a complete team, but Gulls’ senior Rafi Sibony ran the course in 17 minutes, 15 seconds for seventh place individually. Jerik Embleton of Marist took first in 15:51.
The Astoria girls placed seventh out of 10 teams.
Freshman Sophie Long was Astoria’s top finisher, running the 5,000 in 22:27 for 29th overall. Teammate McKenzie Burnett was close behind (31st, 22:36), followed by Kathy Perez (39th, 23:04).