Morrissey wins raceST. HELENS - The Class 3A schools held their own against the bigger 4A schools Monday afternoon, in a six-team invitational cross country meet at McCormack Park in St. Helens.
On the boys' side, the team title was won by Oregon City with 52 points, but the individual winner was Astoria's Tomas Morrissey, who ran the course in 16 minutes, 43 seconds, one second off the course record. Trevor Snook of Oregon City was a distant second in 17:13.
Astoria (79 points) was third in the team standings, behind second-place St. Helens (54). Seaside took sixth.
The girls' team championship was won by Scappoose (38 points), followed by Seaside with 74. Astoria was fifth with 107.
The Fishermen, Gulls and Scappoose also scored the meet as a three-way dual, with the boys' scoring: Astoria 25, Seaside 32; Astoria 24, Scappoose 33; and Scappoose 25, Seaside 34.
Girls' scores were: Seaside 24, Astoria 31; Scappoose 20, Astoria 38; Scappoose 21, Seaside 35.
Oregon City's Molly Doyle (20:06) was the girls' individual champion, followed by Connie Beeks of Scappoose (20:27).
Noelle Harer of Seaside placed fourth in 20:57, with Astoria's Katie Choate (21:22) taking fifth.
The top runner for the Seaside boys was Stefan Robinson (fourth, 17:21), while Astoria's Gordon Eckert was eighth in 17:43. Also running for the Gulls were Joe Gardner (17th, 18:15) and Josh Whitman (19th, 18:19). Astoria's Drew Gustafson was 21st in 18:21.
The Fishermen won the team title in the junior varsity race, with Astoria's Jacob Berezay winning in 11:51.