WARRENTON - It's easy to see where the strength is for girls cross country in the Cowapa League.
Take a look at Monday's final results from a three-way meet at Cullaby Lake, and one school stands alone - Scappoose.
The Indians dominated the girls race, and didn't look too bad on the boys' side either, as Scappoose competed with Rainier and host Seaside in the three-way meet.
The Scappoose girls' team is deep and talented - a combination that will make the Indians the team favorite at the District 1/3A meet in October.
Stefan Robinson of Seaside was the Gulls' top runner in Monday's cross country meet, as he placed fourth in 19:02.8.
LORI ASSA - The Daily Astorian"Scappoose is very, very strong," said Seaside coach Neil Branson. "They've got numbers and they're strong. They've got lead runners, but every girl they have runs hard. They just went out and got after it today.
"We've been working hard, but obviously we're going to have to turn up the heat a little," he said. "It's a good indicator of where we're at. Astoria does the same thing - they go out hard. It's going to make it interesting."
Monday's meet was scored as a double-dual, with the Seaside boys defeating Rainier 26-31, and the Scappoose boys topping the Columbians 20-43.
On the girls' side, Seaside and Scappoose both had wins over an incomplete Rainier team.
Scappoose runner Connie Beeks won the girls' race in 21:05.6 - and she was dressed and ready to chow down on the post-meet pizza when teammate Megan Smith finished second in 22:32.1.
Seaside's Noelle Harer was third in 22:56.7, but Scappoose runners would capture six of the top seven spots.
Of the 25 girls running, 15 were from Scappoose.
"They're strong and they're deep," Branson said. "They're alone right now (at the top of the district).
"The wheels would really have to come off," for Scappoose to not win the district title, he said. "That second spot is really going to be a dog fight. This is a great race to have early in the season for our girls, because we'll see the same thing at district. Astoria and Rainier are both going to come out hard."
Seaside's Stephanie Hullender placed eighth in 24:05.4, followed by teammates Katie Dougherty (9th, 24:30.2) and Margaret Stewart (10th, 24:41.6).
"Noelle had a good day," Branson said. "She was sick near the end of last week and didn't practice. She ran well, and she'll move up.
"It was Katie Dougherty's first race (after she had her appendix removed), and she ran well for that."
Scappoose made it a 1-2-3 finish in the boys' race, with Jesse Cronin winning in 18:02.5. He was followed by teammates Andy Haugen (18:14.7) and Chad Pimley (18:48.5), with Seaside's Stefan Robinson finishing fourth in 19:02.8. The Gulls' Josh Whitman took fifth in 19:14.1.
"It's going to be interesting to see how much we can improve and move up," Branson said of the Seaside boys. "We're in good shape with our No. 1 and 2 runners; No. 3 has to be able to finish strong; and we've got to get No. 4 and 5 in there."
Astoria defeats Banks, twiceBANKS - The Astoria cross country teams made it a clean sweep Monday afternoon in a dual meet at Banks.
With a 1-2-4 individual finish, the Astoria boys defeated the Braves, 18-50; while the Fishermen girls topped Banks 25-30, with Astoria taking the top three spots.
Astoria's Tomas Morrissey won the boys race in 17:34, well ahead of teammate Gordon Eckert (18:07), with Ian MacDougall placing fourth in 19:12.
Astoria sophomore Katie Choate won the girls race in 23:50, with sophomore teammate Danielle DeBoer right behind in 23:57. Amy Landwehr took third in 24:04.
Knappa boys finish 1-5ROCKAWAY BEACH - Knappa dominated the boys' race in Rockaway Beach Monday afternoon as Neah-Kah-Nie hosted a six-team invitational cross country meet.
Logger runners finished 1-2-3-4-5, for 15 points in the team standings. Neah-Kah-Nie was a distant second with 68.
Knappa's Nick Jacobson won the race in 18:38, and he was followed in order by teammates Toivo Fransen (18:48), Curtis Olds (19:19), Brentin Salisbury (19:37) and Blake Gerttula (19:51).
Brad Salisbury took seventh (20:04), with Steven Maki placing 14th (21:48) and Paul Isom finishing 19th (22:56).
Warrenton's Sam Higgins was 13th in a personal best 21:26.
The Warriors had three runners in the girls race, won by Warrenton's Rebecca Fisk in 23:59.
Neah-Kah-Nie won the girls' team title with 49 points, followed by Heritage Christian (63) and Knappa (67).
Running as a team for the first time this season, the Loggers were led by freshmen Amanda Nichols (seventh, 25:42) and Kirsty Coghill (10th, 27:44), senior Kristina Johnson (14th, 30:17), and German foreign exchange students Melanie von Weitershausen (15th, 30:32) and Annika Siegmann (21st, 35:01).
Also running personal best times for Warrenton were Janessa Gramson (11th, 29:06) and Jennifer Lampert (25th, 37:19).