The District 7 team cross country title went to Union, which led Vale by a comfortable margin at 31 to 56. Individually, though, Enterprise showed the quality needed for state competition.
Among girls running, no one could touch Enterprise's Krista Stangel, who finished first and clocked a 19:23. Stangel was almost two minutes ahead of second place Alma Garcilaro of Umatilla, who finished in 21:11. Stangel's teammate Julie Vernarsky ran what EHS coach Dan Moody called the race of her life to finish seventh, with her best time ever at 22:04. The cutoff for state was seventh place, so Vernarsky will accompany Stangel to the big show in Eugene. Wallowa's top finisher among the girls was Victoria Silveira who finished in 10th place, 22 seconds behind Vernarsky. Lena Moro was first among Joseph girls, finishing 21st at 23:29.
Among the boys, Savage senior Michael Swart came in second behind Union's Klamath Walker. Swart, who was 14 seconds back at 17:25, said he expects to beat Walker at state, as he (Swart) was suffering heavily from the flu on race day. Swart is the only boys runner from Wallowa County to make it to Eugene. Joseph senior Kyle Clough had the fastest time for the Eagles, finishing 19th at 18:56. Samuel Brainard was the top runner for Wallowa, finishing in 33rd at 19:48.
The girls teams, in order of placement, were Umatilla, Vale, Weston-McEwen, Wallowa, Stanfield, Union and Elgin. Joseph and Enterprise ran incomplete.
For boys teams, Union led, followed by Vale, Nyssa, Umatilla, Stanfield, Enterprise, Weston-McEwen and Joseph. Elgin's and Wallowa's teams were incomplete.
State competition at Lane Community College in Eugene on Saturday will start with the 2A/1A girls race at noon.