Lakeridge girls track hopes better numbers lead to better results
Effort. Depth. Determination.
For those markers at least, the Lakeridge girls track team has checked off all three boxes.
What those successes will add up to by the end of the 2018 spring season, however, no one yet knows.
"I am sure Tigard and Newberg are the top of everyone's list for (league), but it's difficult to speculate regarding other teams," said Lakeridge coach Scott Spear, whose team placed eighth in the 2017 TRL district meet, and later, 29th at the Class 6A state meet. "All we truly know is the effort we are making to become better athletes and better teammates. We will continue to strive for more from ourselves and to support and respect the efforts of our teammates and fellow athletes."
While this year's version of the Pacers doesn't return a ton of district place winners, it is 20 percent larger (53 girls) than a year ago and does bring back some proven talent.
This year's team will be led by a quartet of senior captains, including Ashlynn Lawston in the 800 meters, 1,500 and 3,000 (she was seventh in the district 800 last year), Kathryn LeMoine in the long jump, triple jump and sprints (she was fifth in the TRL triple jump and 11th in the long jump), Amber Miller in the javelin and 400 (she was sixth in the TRL javelin) and Jenna Wilson in the shot put, javelin and pole vault (she was 11th in the shot and 19th in the TRL discus).
Besides that group, the Pacers also expect good things from: junior Abbi Outcalt in the 800, 1,500 and 3000; junior Cleo Cowie in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000; junior Emily Vernon in the long jump, triple jump and sprints; senior Maddie Grimes in the pole vault and throws; senior Sarah Siddons in the sprints and throws; and junior Kalyssa Kempthorn in the middle distance races.
"(We have) a number of younger new athletes as well as some experienced athletes trying track for the first time at Lakeridge," Spear said. "The work ethic of these leaders, in addition to the excitement of something new for our younger athletes, has built excitement in the program."
Additional returning district place winners are: Cowie, 25th in the 1,500 and 22nd in the 3,000; Outcalt, 24th in the 3,000; sophomore Miranda Irwin, 14th in the javelin and 21st in the javelin; and sophomore Allison Coder, 14th in the long jump and 13th in the triple jump.
"We are focusing on working hard and encouraging each other to make the most of each day," Spear added. "Again, the effort and attitude of the entire group have us excited for the upcoming season."