Lake Oswego girls track aims at TRL title
The Lake Oswego girls track team is ready for the challenge.
And the Lakers are ready to challenge — as in, challenge the Three Rivers League's best.
"Our girls team has a good shot at winning the league but it will be a pretty close race with Newberg," said Lake Oswego coach Vince Kinney. "If all of our athletes are healthy at the end of the season, we have a great shot."
This year's Laker team will be led by junior sprinters Maddie DeBorde (the reigning TRL champ in the 100 meters and 2017 runner-up in the 200 and long jump) and Erica Chiang (she was third in the TRL 100 and fourth in the 400), and sophomore Ava David (the TRL runner-up in the discus and later, Class 6A state champion), as well as sophomore jumper Lindsay Drango and sophomore hurdler Kate Diedrich.
The 1-2 punch of DeBorde (she later finished seventh at state in the 100 and 200, and 12th in the long jump) and Chiang (she took sixth in the state 400) in the sprints and short relay promise to pay dividends all year long.
"DeBorde … has a great top speed and is very competitive. She wants to be the best," Kinney said. "She is one of the top sprinters in the league and in the state, and has a chance to win districts in all of her events."
And Chiang is right there with DeBorde, the two juniors pushing each other to get better all the way.
"She has a lot of fight in her, she pushes her teammates to be better and has a strong competitive spirit," Kinney said. "She is also one of the top sprinters in the league and has a great shot at making it to state in all of her events."
David, meanwhile, returns after winning a state title as a freshman and should be better in both the discus and shot put this year.
"Ava is one of the most focused athletes on the team," Kinney said. "She wants to be the best thrower in the state."
Drango is currently working her way back from a torn ACL and won't compete until mid-season, while Kinney said that Diedrich "has a lot of potential" and hopes to make it to state in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Around the rest of the lineup, the Lakers will look to: DeBorde (100, 200, 4 x 100, long jump); Chiang (100, 200, 400, 4 x 100); freshman Sierra Tinger (400, 800, 1,500, 4 x 400); sophomore Lily Sieber (800, 4 x 400); senior Grace David (800, 1,500, 3,000, 4 x 400); Ava David (shot put, discus); sophomore Kiana Langaliers (shot put, javelin); Drango (high jump, long jump, triple jump); freshman Rachel Sasadeusz (long jump, high jump, 100, 200); Diedrich (high hurdles, intermediate hurdles); freshman Ali Roberts (high hurdles, intermediate hurdles); and senior Madison Richardson (pole vault).
"The key to our girls' success is our athletes staying healthy, and with the depth of our sprinters, finding other events that our sprinters may be good at," Kinney said, adding that Newberg, West Linn and Tualatin should also be competitive.