TILLAMOOK - The Seaside girls and the Astoria boys walked away with wins Thursday afternoon at the Tillamook Invitational cross country meet.

It wasn't a major win for the Gulls, but it was a good start to the 2003 season, as senior Noelle Harer won the girls' race in 20 minutes, 10 seconds.

"She ran very smart and was in control," said Seaside coach Neil Branson. "She had an excellent race.

"It was a good start for us," he added. "This was the first time the girls have won that race, and the first time an individual of ours has come in first."

Other runners competing for the Gulls included Stephanie Hullender (16th), Margaret Stewart (26th), freshman Emily Kiger (35th) and Laura Sibley (44th).

Seaside's 122 points topped Astoria (140) and Banks (171) for the girls' title, while Astoria easily won the boys' meet with 94 points.

Taft (121) was second, followed by Kennedy (167), Valley Catholic (183), Estacada (211), Banks (222) and Seaside (224).

The Fishermen had strong efforts from Tomas Morrissey, Gordon Eckert and Ian MacDougall. Morrissey finished second in 15:40 (a 55-second personal best), while Eckert was eighth in 16:36 (also a 55-second PR), and MacDougall took 25th in 17:45.

All seven Astoria boys runners finished in the top 37.

Katie Choate led the Astoria girls by finishing third in 20:23. Also competing were Danielle DeBoer (12th) and Amy Landwehr (18th).


Gulls go 3-1-1 in jamboreeSCAPPOOSE - Seaside won three matches, tied one and lost one in the Cowapa League's season-opening volleyball jamboree Thursday at Scappoose.

The Gulls defeated Astoria (25-20), Banks (25-15) and Scappoose (25-21), tied Tillamook (23-23 after the 20-minute time limit), and lost to Rainier, 19-22.

Seaside hosts an eight-team tournament Saturday (Delphian, Ilwaco, Junction City, La Grande, North Marion, Taft and Tillamook), while Astoria plays in the Central Tournament.

No score was reported from Thursday night's Jewell at Knappa match.