Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneAshland's EJ Holland leads the boys 5A race at the State Cross Country Championships in Eugene.

Ashland's Holland wins Northwest Regional

EAGLE, Idaho— Two weeks after winning Oregon’s Class 5A state cross country championship Ashland High School’s EJ Holland claimed another prestigious victory Saturday in the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional Championships at Eagle Island State Park.

Running unattached, Holland finished the tough 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 10.40 seconds to top a field of 183 runners and 20 teams.

Second-place finisher Nathan Green of Lions Cross Country finished in 15:13.70.

The win secured for Holland one of five automatic qualifying spots for the national meet, Dec. 1 in Portland.

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