BROOKS — Hannah Mason and her Lebanon High teammates didn’t have quite the day they were hoping for but still got the results they wanted.
Mason’s fifth-place finish last Thursday helped the Warriors to a runner-up team standing in the girls race at the Mid-Willamette Conference cross-country district meet at Willamette Mission State Park north of Keizer.
Lebanon, which earned a team state berth, wasn’t going to catch heavy favorite Crescent Valley, which had the first four finishers and scored 18. But the Warriors were about 10 points better than coach Brad Bauer projected and finished with 65.
“The girls did what we actually expected. Our 3-4-5 girls really did a nice job for us,” said Bauer, singling out Isabella Ayala (13th), Dina Altuhov (14th) and Mya Corbett (21st). “Pretty good PRs there.”
Amy Workman was the second Warrior to cross the line, in 12th.
Corvallis claimed the third and final team qualifying spot for next week’s state meet at Lane Community College in Eugene. The top seven individuals also advance to state.
Mason, a senior, finished 26 seconds back of Black. She ran with the front pack for more than two miles of the 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) course before losing ground.
“I don’t know if it was as well as I hoped, but it was OK,” she said.
Ayala, a junior, ran her first race in nearly three weeks while dealing with back and hip injuries. Thursday was her first running in that stretch.
“She can tough it out,” Bauer said. “She’s hurt. She’s the toughest kid I’ve ever been around. So she’ll do the same thing at the state meet.”
Crescent Valley freshman Sunitha Black pulled away to win easily, unofficially in 19 minutes, 10 seconds. A timing issue at the start of the girls race made the times about 30 seconds slow.
South Albany took fifth. The Rebels and Central both had 116 points, but South won the tiebreaker with a faster sixth runner.
Jasmine Alejandre led the Rebels in 11th. Annie Taylor was next in 17th.
“Jasmine had a really great race,” Rebels coach Chris VanCauteren said of Alejandre, who was battling for a top-10 spot most of the race but was edged out by two runners in the closing stretches. “I think our other girls had pretty decent races.”
The South boys, led by Bishop Burns in 14th, missed a state berth by three points.
Crescent Valley clipped Dallas for the title, 50-52, Corvallis scored 106 and South Albany 109.
Rebels senior Tyler Miller had an off race and was second for the Rebels in 17th.
“Bishop, he ran a wonderful race,” VanCauteren said. “I think overall our boys team competed really well. Looking at the results one through seven, you really couldn’t ask for much better.”
Lebanon, with Alex Solberg in 23rd as its top placer, was eighth. Bauer said he likes the progress made by his three sophomores, Solberg, Mathew Meckley (27th) and Rian Howard (31st).
Crescent Valley went 1-2 in the boys race with Drew Roberts and AJ Sandvig.