Lake Oswego, Lakeridge girls track step up under the sun at Canby
The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego girls track teams may not have been at full strength during their Wednesday, April 24, meet at Canby — both were preparing for the BMW Portland Ultimate Invitational. But c'mon — the sun was shining, the events were timed and there were races to be won.
In the end, the Lake Oswego girls stepped up to win 13 events against the Pacers and Cougars and used their front-line talent to beat Lakeridge 92.83-52.16 and Canby 109-34. Lakeridge's girls added a 82-61 win over Canby in the day's other dual meet.
"As a team, we've been really good," said Lake Oswego sophomore Ali Roberts, winner of the 100-meter high hurdles. That said, Roberts admitted that the Lakers' real goal was just to focus on their individual races, adding "A lot of times, we get surprised (by the team score) and we celebrate afterwards."
For Lakeridge, the Pacers just enjoyed the chance to compete in the day's upper-60s temperatures.
"It was awesome, right?" said Lakeridge freshman Tessa French, runner-up to junior teammate Holly Lane in the 800. "At first, I thought it was going to be really bad, but in the end, I think it kind of motivated me."
With the wins, the Lakers improved to 4-1 in Three Rivers League action, while the Pacers saw their record move 3-3 in the TRL. Canby fell to 1-4 with its two losses.
Lake Oswego built its success on those 13 aforementioned wins, getting two victories each from junior Gemma Pleas in the sprints, junior Ava David in the shot put and discus, and sophomore Rachel Sasadeusz in the 300 intermediate hurdles and long jump.
Pleas did her part in the 100 and 200, taking the 100 with a time of 12.84 seconds and the 200 at 26.63 (with freshman teammate Jayden Hill second at 26.88).
David stepped up to take top honors in the shot with a winning mark of 35 feet, 10 inches, and in the discus, winning by more than 62 feet with a personal-best throw 142-10. Freshman teammate Ashley Lewis took second in the discus at 80-7.
Sasadeusz, meanwhile, topped the field in the intermediate hurdles with a personal record of 49.16, then added another personal best to take the long jump at 16-4 (with senior teammate Sophie Smith second at 15-6).
For her part, Roberts held off a challenge from sophomore teammate Olivia Kovac to win the high hurdles at 17.78. Kovac finished second with a 17.93.
"It was good," Roberts said. "My teammate Olivia was right behind me and I was talking to myself, "Oh my gosh.' But it was good. It's good to get a little competition."
The Lakers' other winners included: senior Erica Chiang in the 400 at 1:01.07; sophomore Emily Joyce in the 1,500 with a personal best of 5:12.20; junior Dalia Liu in the triple jump with a personal best of 32-2; sophomore Elizabeth Bell in the pole vault at 7-6; the 4 x 100 relay team of Pleas, Chiang, junior Lily Lines and senior Maddie DeBorde at 49.79; and the 4 x 400 team of freshman Julia Sieber, freshman Sage Crawford, senior Larissa Chan and Bell with a 4:22.30.
For Lakeridge, the Pacers picked up two wins — from Lane in the 800 and sophomore Hannah Dorros in the high jump — finished second seven times and grabbed third another six times.
In the 800, Lane went out quickly and kept the field at arm's length the rest of the way, though French closed Lane's eventual margin of victory to just more than five seconds. Lane won the event with a personal record of 2:26.0, while French placed second at 2:31.40, also a personal best.
"I felt really good," Lane said. "I think I might have started a bit too fast, but I was able to keep a steady pace for the rest of it. It went really good."
"I'm doing pretty good. A little tired, a little sore throat, but I tried to keep up with (Lane) and we both did what we needed to do," French added.
In the high jump, Dorros cleared 4-10 to take top honors in the event, beating freshman teammate Hannah Daniel and her second-place mark of 4-8.
The Pacers' five other runners-up included: senior Cleo Cowie in the 1,500 at 5:15.40; sophomore Carolyn Mount in the intermediate hurdles with a 51.27; freshman Hope Williams in the javelin with an 88-7; Mount in the triple jump at 32-0.5; and the 4 x 100 relay team of freshman Campbell Richards, junior Megan McCormack, freshman Ayslin Chrisman and Dorros at 51.82.
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