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KLAMATH FALLS — The Phoenix girls cross country team captured second place at the Skyline Conference Championships to seal up a state berth at Henley's Joe Arant Running Trail on Wednesday.
Nevina De Luca took fourth place with a time of 19 minutes, 49.85 seconds to pace the Pirates, who will next compete in the Class 4A state race at Lane Community College in Eugene on Nov. 3.
The top-ranked Klamath Union girls earned first place with 19 points, the ninth-ranked Pirates collected 42 and Henley was third with 72.
On the boys side, second-ranked North Valley (29) and fourth-ranked Hidden Valley (35) secured state berths. Phoenix, ranked seventh, was third (78).
The Pirate girls have qualified for state every year since 2009.
Lindsey Vermillion placed eighth (21:06.04), Ashlee Vos 10th (21:20.27), Arin Fitch 14th (22:45.71), Katie Vermillion 15th (22:55.20), Victoria Davidson 16th (23:16.92) and Emma DeFruscia 26th (24:58.58).
Hidden Valley's Sierra Brown took first in 19:03.68.
On the boys side, North Valley's Jonathan Cornish captured first (16:11.05), teammate David Cornish (16:12) second and Hidden Valley's Shane Crofoot third (16:30.79).
Matt Katibah paced Phoenix with his 10th-place finish (17:36).
LAKEVIEW 2, ST. MARY'S 1 — At Lakeview, William Lee scored for St. Mary's, which could not overcome cold, snowy conditions in a District 2 match.
Lee deposited his team's lone goal in the 76th minute off a corner kick from Michael Gambee.
St. Mary's, which trailed 2-0 at the half, failed to score the equalizer, however, as time ran out.
Both teams are now 4-2 in the District 2 standings.
MAZAMA 13, PHOENIX 0 — At Klamath Falls, Mazama's Kylie Durant and Karena Foust each had a hat trick, with Durant adding three assists in the rout.
Also for the Vikings (12-0-1, 9-0 Skyline), Kaitlin Crowell had two goals and two assists, Hannah Reynolds one goal and four assists and Tiffany Taylor two goals and four assists. Goalkeeper Kaylee Grigsby also got into the act, contributing a goal and two assists.
Phoenix fell to 1-12, 0-9 in the Skyline.