The Clackamas freshman is within half a minute of the top runner in a meet with Class 6A power St. Marys

by: JON HOUSE - Clackamas freshman Maia Edwards held her own with the top runners from Class 6A power St. Marys and the top runners from Lakeridge in a Sept. 18 cross country meet at Lents Park.Maia Edwards continued impressive in a Sept. 18 Mt. Hood Conference/Three Rivers League cross country meet held at Portland’s Lents Park.

The Clackamas High School freshman completed the Lents Park 5,000-meter course in 20:12, good for third place in the 49-runner field. She finished just 28 seconds back of St. Mary’s senior Paige Rice and St. Mary’s sophomore Lacey Conner, who a year ago helped pace the Blues to second place at the Class 6A state championships. Rice, who placed fifth at state a year ago, is considered a contender for this year’s individual title.

St. Mary’s girls, with all seven of their runners placing in the top 14, won last week’s MTC/TRL meet handily, outscoring the runner-up team from Lakeridge 27-56.

Clackamas girls were not far back of the Pacers, with 63 points. Gresham (98 points) and Grant (135) rounded out the girls team scoring.

Lakeridge was led by senior Laura Manning, who finished seven seconds back of Edwards, in fourth place.

Clackamas junior Zoe Clegg also ran well at Lents Park, placing fifth (20:33).

Junior Courtney Beard (17th, 21:34), senior Leah Zetterlund (19th, 21:55) and junior Sydney Peters (23rd, 22:15) rounded out the team scoring for Clackamas girls.

Lakeridge, led by sophomore Leo Lukens (17:06), ran away with the boys race, placing its top seven runners in the top eight of the 35-runner boys field.

Clackamas senior Jared Bell, broke up the Pacers’ top seven, completing the race in 17:34, good for fourth place.

Boys team scores were: Lakeridge 17, Clackamas 72, Grant 76 and Gresham 81.

Rounding out the scoring for Clackamas boys were: senior Matthew Haglund, 12th (18:33); junior Weiyi Zhou, 19th (18:52); senior Logan Walker, 22nd (19:21); and junior Connor Work, 23rd (19:26).

Next race for the Cavaliers is set for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Champoeg State Park. The meet will include an 18-team field.

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