JEWELL The Knappa Loggers were the host school for the Northwest League cross country championships, held Thursday at Teevin Ranch, near Jewell.
Riverdale won the girls team championship with 23 points, followed by Vernonia (57) and Portland Christian (68). Knappa and Neah-Kah-Nie had incomplete teams.
Nestucca (37) was the boys champion, followed by Vernonia (50), Riverdale (82) and Neah-Kah-Nie (85), with Faith Bible, Knappa and Portland Christian incomplete.
Sophie Hamilton of Riverdale won the girls race in 20 minutes, 54 seconds, just ahead of teammate Megan Larkin (20:56).
For Knappa, Avarie Fitzgerald was eighth (23:33), followed by Tia Fish (10th, 25:08).
Nathan Fleck of Vernonia ran an amazing 16:56 to win the boys race.
Freshman Chandler Emken paced Knappa (21st, 19:26), with Mitch Whiteside 31st in 20:50.
We decided to bring this meet back since most of our schools really struggle to compete at the district meet, said Knappa coach Stan Sporseen. Gary Jacobson (former Logger coach) designed the run and Shawn Teevin let us use his place for the second time.
All four Knappa runners ran career bests. The District 1/3A/2A meet is Thursday at Tualatin Hills.