Mac-Hi's Lonai, Romero-Diaz headed to state cross country meet

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LA GRANDE — Mac-Hi had two girls qualify for the Oregon Class 4A cross country meet with finishes at the Greater Oregon League District race at Eastern Oregon University here Saturday.

Josie Lonai finished second in 19:10.2, behind La Grande’s Amanda Welch’s first-place 18:54.6.

Pioneer teammate Susie Romero-Diaz also qualified for state with a fourth-place time of 19:49.0.

Mac-Hi’s boys and girls teams finished third.

“It was terrible weather, but they all ran personal records,” Pioneers coach John Milleson said. “It was all we looked forward to at district. And we’re looking forward to Josie and Susie at the state meet.”

Jesus Saldana’s seventh-place finish led Mac-Hi’s boys runners.

The state meet is Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

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