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ASHLAND — Phoenix senior Kelly Coash nearly came away a champion at the Phoenix 5K on Wednesday, finishing just behind Triad's Sarah Estabrook at Oak Knoll Golf Course.
Coash ran the course in 21 minutes, 22.9 seconds, while Estabrook finished in 21:21.2.
Phoenix's Lindsey Vermillion was third (21:48.2) in the 120-person race, which featured 19 schools.
On the boys side, Phoenix senior Antonio Gil-Juarez was third (16:55.9) out of 170.
North Medford, Roseburg and North Valley had two runners apiece finish in the top 10 in the boys race and Ashland had four top-10 girls placers. The Pirate girls had three top-10 finishes.
John Whelan of Etna won the boys' race in 16 minutes, 15.5 seconds, breaking the course record. Phoenix's Elliott Jantzer recorded a time of 16:32 in 2007.
Team scores were not recorded at the meet, which marks the last competition prior to state-qualifying competition for all squads.
At Oak Knoll Golf Course
BOYS — 1, John Whelan, E, 16:15.5; 2, Garrison Iams, H, 16:48.9; 3, Antonio Gil-Juarez, P, 16:55.9; 4, Devyn Baldovino, NM, 17:10.6; 5, Benjamin Rodriguez, R, 17:24.4; 6, Jason Braxton, C, 17:25.9; 7, Andrew Davalos, NV, 17:29.7; 8, Andrew Youngblood, NV, 17:32.3; 9, Kenny Freeman, R, 17:34.4; 10, Joe Dugan, NM, 17:36.3.
GIRLS — 1, Sarah Estabrook, TC, 21:21.2; 2, Kelly Coash, P, 21:22.9; 3, Lindsey Vermillion, P, 21:48.2; 4, Isobel Whitcomb, A, 21:49.5; 5, Sara Dunagan, A, 21:50.5; 6, Callie Toews, A, 21:53.2; 7, Quinn Blackwolf, A, 21:53.7; 8, Nevina DeLuca, P, 21:56.8; 9, Cami Morrill, E, 21:57.4; 10, Jaycie Dickson, NM, 21:59.9.
ST. MARY'S 5, UVC 0 — St. Mary's Adrian Becerra scored three first-half goals in the District 3 win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Harrison Leep and Reid Arne had assists on two of Becerra's goals for the Crusaders (8-1, 3-1 Dist. 3), who had 13 shots on goal and did not allow Umpqua Valley Christian any shots in the opening 40 minutes.
Leep scored from 10 yards out on a Tracy Salgado assist in the 61st minute and Arne netted a goal about 11 minutes later on a pass from Victor Crum.
Salgado, who played outside midfielder, and defender Avery Nuckols both turned in strong overall efforts.
HENLEY 1, HIDDEN VALLEY 0 — At Murphy, Henley (3-7-1, 2-5 Sky) scored on an own goal against Hidden Valley (7-3, 5-2 Sky) in the 57th minute of the Skyline Conference contest.
CASCADE CHRISTIAN 4, ROGUE RIVER 0 — Cascade Christian's Katelyn Stephens had two goals and an assist in the District 4 win at U.S. Cellular Community Park.
Stephens scored in the second and sixth minutes for the Challengers (5-5-1, 3-2 Dist. 4).
Jillian Emard sent a perfectly placed through ball from about 30 yards out that Stephens collected and knocked in from an edge of the penalty area, giving Cascade Christian a 2-0 lead.
Carly Smith headed in a goal in the 33rd minute on a cross from Stephens, and Alex Haug scored from about six yards away in the 76th minute.