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The Lakers use their speed to beat both the Lions and Blues in Week One of TRL action

TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn junior Sophie Conrad clears a hurdle during her team's meet against both St. Marys and Lake Oswego last week at West Linn High School.The West Linn girls track team got a glimpse last week at all the Three Rivers League has to offer.

The Lions, hosting Lake Oswego and St. Mary's under sunny skies at West Linn High School in their Three Rivers League opener on April 4, saw the Lakers win six of the day's 17 events and take second eight times to beat West Linn 90-55. The Lakers beat St. Mary's 77-68 in the day's other dual meet.

Despite the loss, West Linn coach Joe Cerny saw reason for optimism.

"The girls did very well," said West Linn coach Joe Cerny. "At this time, the team is coming together and improving."

The Lakers, meanwhile, were excited about their start to the TRL season.

"I think we had a solid all-around performance from everyone," said Lake Oswego coach Vince Kinney. "The team has been working very hard this season and they are poised to do well in our league."

For their part, the Lions made their mark in the field events, with freshman Makayla Long winning shot put at 35 feet, 4.25 inches and also taking second in the discus with a 126-6 (tied with event winner Ava David of Lake Oswego).

Besides Long's efforts, junior Cameron Tucker topped the field in the javelin with a throw of 93-5 (with senior teammate Tayler Lundquist second at 86-9), and freshman Jordyn Selleh took the high jump with a 4-8.

The Lions' best efforts on the track came from senior Elizabeth Paschall (second in the 3,000 at 10:55.13), the 4 x 100 relay team of Sophie Conrad, Gabrielle McVicker, Selleh and Kelleen Bromley (second with a 52.42), and the 4 x 400 relay team of McVicker, Raina Hines, Selleh and Bromley (second at 4:24.28).

The Lakers showed their speed in the sprints last week, going 1-2 in both the 100 and 200 meters, while also winning the 400 in the double-dual meet. Junior Maddie DeBorde took top honors in the 100 and 200, winning the 100 at 12.44 seconds (with junior teammate Erica Chiang second at 13.09) and coming back later in the meet to take the 200 with a time of 26.15 (this time with junior teammate Sophie Smith second at 27.61).

After her solid showing in the 100, Chiang came back in the very next event to win the 400 with a finishing time of 1:02.39.

"I was pretty nervous, but I think it was a good first run," Chiang said after her win. "At the end, I felt a little shaky, which for me is understandable because I just ran the race before this so it was more just getting back into things and getting used to doing events back-to-back."

The Lakers used their speed to win again in the 4 x 100 relay, with Gemma Pleas, Chiang, Smith and DeBorde teaming for a 50.59.

The Lakers also saw David win the discus and take second in the shotput with a throw of 34-4.75. Senior Madison Richardson provided the Lakers' other individual victory, winning the pole vault after clearing 10-0, a two-foot personal best.

Additional runner-up finishes came from: senior Grace David in the 1,500 at 5:01.75; sophomore Kate Diedrich in the 100 high hurdles at 17.50; sophomore Lily Sieber in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a 52.44; freshman Ali Roberts in the high jump at 4-6; and sophomore Dalia Liu in the triple jump with a mark of 30-8.

St. Mary's was tough, too, getting wins from Ella Hirata, Fiona Lenth and Sarah Lyell at 800, 1,500 and 3,000, Jade Newton taking the 100 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles, Mira Eagan pacing the long jump, and Lauren Look topping the triple jump.

Next up, the Lions run in the Willamette Falls Invitational at Oregon City High School at 10 a.m. Saturday, then will run with Tigard at Newberg at 4 p.m. April 18. Lake Oswego will run in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field on Friday and Saturday, then will join Canby in a meet at Lakeridge at 4 p.m. April 18.

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