SALEM - Jennifer Macias was the only runner to break the 20-minute mark in leading the Hermiston Bulldogs to the girls team title Saturday at the South Salem Invitational cross country meet.

The Bulldogs posted a team score of 31 points behind Macias' first-place finish and were followed by West Albany (49), South Eugene (50), West Salem (127) and Beaverton (203).

The Bulldogs took second place in the boys race, led by a fifth -place finish by Lorenzo Gonzalez in a time of 16:17. Teammate Jose Juarez was sixth with a 16:18 clocking.

South Eugene led the way in the boys race with 40 points followed by Hermiston (55), Beaverton (116), Sprague (126) and (Thurston 179).

Macias, a sophomore, has continued her winning ways after a seventh-place finish at the Class 4A state championships her freshman season. She helped the Bulldogs to a third-place team finish at state.

"The conditions were muddy, there was a downpour and it was a fun challenge for the kids," Bulldogs coach Brandt Lind said. "It affected times, but the kids ran well."

Hermiston's Leslie Macias had a third-place time of 20:16, while teammate Stephanie Walker finished in 20:19, good for fourth place.

"Stephanie Walker had her best race of the year," Lind said. "It was a great meet for our girls."

Other runners on the Bulldogs' girls team were Sierra Shults, Rebecca Berger, Stephanie Raleigh and Sara Newman. All seven Bulldog runners finished in the top 20.

Lind praised the 11th-place finish of Shults, who only last week ran with the junior varsity team.

The boys team also included Walter Juarez, Justin Dean, Kersee Lind, Kreig Mueller and Javier Montes.

South Eugene was the winner of the boys team race in the 15-team field.

"We came in second to one of the top teams in the state," Lind said. "We didn't run the style of race that we wanted," Lind said. "We could have been more patient but our times were good."

The Bulldogs face another challenge Saturday at the Northwest Classic, held at Lane Community College in Eugene.

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