Lake Oswego boys fifth, Lakeridge seventh at district track
The Lake Oswego boys track and field team knew that its chances at district would be limited, so the Lakers made sure that when those chances arose, they jumped at them.
By the end of the two-day Three Rivers League district meet — held May 9 and 11 at George Fox University in Newberg — Lake Oswego had racked up two wins and six top-five finishes in the jumps to place fifth as a team with 74.83 points.
The Lakers got wins from both junior Collin Bracken in the long jump and senior Kameron Harvey in the triple jump to pace their efforts at district. The complete team scores were: Tigard 126.83, Sherwood 119.25, Tualatin 106, Newberg 95.25, Lake Oswego 74.83, West Linn 54.58, Lakeridge 52.25 and Canby 30.
Bracken — who also reached the finals of both hurdles races (he was sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles and eighth in the 300 intermediate hurdles) — won the long jump with a season's-best mark of 22 feet, 4.75 inches on May 9. Harvey was close behind in second place at 21-6 and both qualified for the coming Class 6A state meet, set for Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
On Friday, Harvey stepped up to top the field in the triple jump with a leap of 45-7.25, edging Sherwood's Davis Smith and his 45-6.75. Laker junior Fred Harding grabbed fifth in the event with a mark of 43-9.50. Both Harvey and Harding qualified for state thanks to their efforts.
"The key to my win was definitely my second phase and holding my knee for as long as I can," Harvey said. "It feels absolutely amazing to finally achieve something I've been going for since freshman year."
And now, with his coveted TRL title in hand, Harvey can re-set his sights on the chance for even more at state. He enters the state meet as the second-ranked jumper, trailing Central Catholic's Vincenzo Logan by just 2.5 inches.
"I think I'll be able to come in and surprise some people," Harvey said. "Anything can happen. I can have a great day triple jumping and (Logan) could have an off-day, so you can't count anyone out. All it takes is one good jump."
There was more excitement in the jumps, too, with Harvey finishing fourth in Friday's high jump at 6-0, while Harding tied for fifth at 5-10.
Other top finishers from Lake Oswego included: junior Peyton Allworth, who was third in the pole vault at 14-3 and qualified for state; senior Eric Sasadeusz, fourth in the 800 at 1:59.36; and freshman Zach Michener, fourth in the discus at 130-6.50.
Lakeridge at district
The Pacers chased TRL titles and state berths all day long on Friday, but often fell just tantalizingly short of their goals. That said, Lakeridge did qualify two of its best for state, with senior Cory Taylor and junior Andre Martinez both winning state berths in the long jump.
The two Pacers both finished with a best mark of 21-5, with Taylor taking third place and Martinez fourth at district.
Senior Henry Potter was one of the team's other top finishers after placing third in both the 1,500 and 3,000, but each time, he fell just short of a state berth. Potter ran a 9:00.67 in the 3,000 (just 4.31 seconds out of second place), then came back Friday with a personal best of 4:04.85 (this time, finishing just 4.27 seconds out of second).
"I really wanted to get second because it was my dream to go to state," Potter said after his 1,500. "I gave it my all to stay with them the first two laps. They burned me in the fourth lap, but I'm proud of what I did."
Other top Lakeridge finishers were: senior Shon Martin, third in the 800 at 1:58.28; the 4 x 100 relay team of Martinez, Taylor, Kyle Goecks and Robert Fritz, fourth at 45.15; and senior Cooper McIntosh-Nelson, fifth in the triple jump at 42-0.75.