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      Northwest athletes were represented by Sam McKinnon of Mountain View and Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello High and both recorded fine early season times.   McKinnon broke five minutes for the second time this year in recording a sixth place mark of 4:59.   Maddy Berkson of Rhode Island won the race with 4:56.00 and barely edged Marissa Sheva of Pennsylvania and Shannon Murdock of New Hampshire, who were clocked in 4:56.81 & 4:56.94.

      Armstrong ran up a strong 4:15.63 to place fifth in an event claimed by Tony Russell of Pennsylvania, who ran 4:11.56.  Canadian Charles Cooper was less a second behind in second with 4:12.01.   Third place went to Gabe Montague of Massachusetts, who crossed the finish line with 4:14.   Only the guys were provided a chance at the Distance Medley, which went to LaSalle Academy of R.I. in 10:24.10.   West Chester {Pa) & Marshfield (Ma.) took second and third with both running versions of 10:27.