The Pacer boys and girls each take second and multiple individuals qualify for state

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Tim Jordan and Corrado Pitari stretch for the line in the final of the 800 at the district track meet. They both qualified for state with Pitari winning by five hundredths of a second. Strong contingents from both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge will represent their schools at the state track meet in Eugene.

The Lakeridge boys and girls each finished second at the district meet with the girls placing just two and a half points behind Grant.

Lake Oswego's Mitra LeBuhn qualified for state as a senior in both hurdles events, taking second in the 100 in 16.18 and second in the 300 in 46.04 seconds.

It was Lakeridge's Saskia McNairy who won the 300 hurdles in 45.47 seconds. McNairy qualified for state in four events. She helped the Pacers' 4x400 relay earn a wild card entry along with Sydney Borgeson, Marissa Miller and Sydney Lautze.

McNairy also won the long jump with a leap of 18'1.5” and the triple jump with a mark of 37'4”.

McNairy is already one of Lakeridge's most decorated and versatile athletes and she hopes to cap her high school career with an individual state track title. She currently has the second-best mark in 6A in the triple jump.

“My main goal was to hit 37 feet again so I'm happy with that,” McNairy said of her triple jump. “I'm just going to give it my all in every event and hopefully it will go well.”

Lake Oswego's 4x400 relay team of Riley Hatfield, Nehalem Kunkle-Read, Samarra Watson and LeBuhn finished second and qualified for state while Watson just missed qualifying in the 400 by four hundredths of a second.

In the field, Lakeridge's Maddie Rabing was dominant. She won the shot put by topping 44-feet and the discus with a throw of 134'8”. She has the best marks in both of those events heading into state as a sophomore.

Rabbing also narrowly missed out qualifying in the javelin, taking third place.

In the high jump, the Pacers' Maddie Moxness cleared 5'1” to take second and earn a berth at state while three individuals qualified in the pole vault.

Lake Oswego's Marissa Taylor won the district title by clearing 11 feet while the Lakers' Tory Edwards and Lakeridge's Nicole Kangas each cleared 10'9”, good enough for automatic entries into state. Those marks are all in the top-five for individuals heading into state.

For the boys, Brent Pottenger just missed out on an automatic trip in the 400, taking third in a solid race and earning a wild card berth, but Lakeridge teammates Corrado Pitari and Tim Jordan finished 1-2 in the 800 in an exceptionally close finish, each topping Canby's Josh Payne at the finish line.

In the hurdles, defending state champion Connor Bracken took second in the 110 behind Clackamas' Connor McLean and will look to defend his title this weekend. Carter Bracken finished fourth but also qualified with a wild card time.

Carter Bracken was second to McLean in the 300 hurdles and will run both events at state.

Lake Oswego's 4x100 relay of Kyle Gazzigli, Yong Kim, David Soo and Daniel Dennis finished third but was fast enough for a wild card time and the 4x400 team of Gazzigli, Kim, Soo and Pattrick Gregson took second.

In the field, Lakeridge's Michael Kiever was the district champion in the shot put, winning with a mark of 43'8.5”.

Shohei Etzel was third for Lake Oswego in the javelin, just missing out a state berth. The Lakers' Mason Collett is also heading back to state, fighting through a knee injury to clear 6'4”.

“It's not good right now but hopefully I'll be healthy enough and can compete for the state title,” Collett said.

Lakeridge's Alec Home took second in the triple jump with a leap of 42'8” and will also represent the Pacers at state for the second straight year.

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