The Pacer sophomore helps the Lakeridge girls finish fifth in state

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Lakeridge sophomore Maddie Rabing was one of the favorites in the shot put all season and easily won the event in Eugene last week. She also took second place in the discus. The Lakeridge girls track team did an admirable of defending its 2013 state title, finishing in a tie for fifth at this year's meet in Eugene.

Unlike last year, where the Pacers won the crown without an individual state champion, Lakeridge had an athlete reach the top of the podium this weekend.

Sophomore Maddie Rabing was one of the favorites in both the shot put and the discus. She won the shot put handily, uncorking the second-best throw of her high school career with a 43-5.25, easily enough to take home the crown.

Rabing looked liked she was on her way to a victory in the discus as well, having thrown a 138-2, just inches shy of her PR. However, Ana Richardson from South Eugene let loose a huge throw on her final attempt to top Rabing by four inches.

The Pacers' Saskia McNairy was also a big point-winner for Lakeridge. On Friday, she qualified for the finals in the 300 hurdles and also competed in the long jump finals.

She hit 17-11 on her final jump, good enough for third place overall and equaling her finish from last year.

On Saturday, McNairy moved up a spot in the 300 hurdles and finished in seventh place in the event. Then in her best event, the triple jump, McNairy also had her best mark on her final attempt and also took third place, just half an inch shy of a PR.

McNairy scored in four events at the meet, helping the team's 4x400 squad finish in seventh place in 4:02.15 while getting strong runs from Marissa Miller, Sydney Borgeson and Sydney Lautze.

Nicole Kangas would also score in the pole vault for the second straight year, clearing 10-6 and placing seventh.

For Lake Oswego, Connor Bracken was the defending state champion in the 110 hurdles and he posted the fastest time in the prelims.

However, in the finals, Bracken hit a hurdle and fell, settling for eighth place. Carter Bracken just missed the finals in the 300 hurdles and took ninth as did the Lakers' 4x100 relay team.

Mason Collett, in his final state meet for the Lakers, cleared an impressive 6-5 in the high jump, good enough for fourth place.

For the Lake Oswego girls, the team's talented pole vaulting duo didn't disappoint. Both Tory Edwards and Marissa Taylor cleared 11-3 for the first time in their high school careers, good enough for second and third place in state.

The Lakers' 4x400 relay team of Nehalem Kunkle-Read, Mitra LeBuhn, Samarra Watson and Riley Hatfield nearly cracked four minutes and finished in fifth place.

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