The competition at the 2019 Three Rivers League district track meet was as fierce as ever.
And the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls teams were fierce themselves.
The Lakers stepped up to win three events and finished third overall with 95 points, trailing only Tualatin and Oregon City in the final standings. The Pacers, meanwhile, finished second in one event, third in two others and placed eighth with 51.5 points.
The complete team scoring for the meet — held Wednesday, May 15, and Friday, May 17, at Oregon City's Pioneer Memorial Stadium — included: Tualatin 130, Oregon City 120, Lake Oswego 95, St. Mary's 78.5, Tigard 76, Canby 58, West Linn 52 and Lakeridge 51.5.
Next up for the Lakers' and Pacers' best is the Class 6A state meet, set for Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Mt. Hood Community College.
Lake Oswego Girls
The Lakers saw junior Ava David step up to win the shot put on the meet's first day, while on Friday, the Lakers got victories from senior Maddie DeBorde in the 100 meters and from their 4 x 100 relay team.
David made her mark at district in both the shot put and the discus. In the shot put competition, David topped the field with a personal-best mark of 38 feet, 9.5 inches to beat runner-up Jade Newton of St. Mary's by more than 1 1/2 feet.
Then, in the discus competition, David — the 2017 Class 6A state champion — notched another PR of 145-5 to finish third overall and qualify for state again. Oregon City's Anessa Chirgwin took first with a throw of 147-8 while West Linn's Makayla Long grabbed second at 145-7; together, that trio has the top three marks entering the Class 6A state meet.
On the meet's final day, the Lakers kicked off the competition with a bang, running to victory in the 4 x 100 relay with a winning time of 49.25. Lake Oswego's first-place team included junior Gemma Pleas, senior Erica Chiang, senior Sophie Smith and DeBorde — a group that finished second at state a year ago.
"We worked so hard for it and last year we came in first (at district) and now to get it again is really great," Pleas said.
"We were very excited, a little nervous, but we came strong and finished strong," Smith said.
"We were hoping we could break the meet record, but winning two years in a row is awesome, especially with these girls," DeBorde said.
Now, the Lakers' talented quartet is hoping for a big finish at state.
"We're hoping to do really well at state this year," Chiang said. "Coming back with the same team is so much fun because we love each other and we have chemistry."
Like her 4 x 100 team, DeBorde came back to defend her TRL title in the 100, winning on Friday with a time of 12.64, while Chiang finished second at 12.69 and also qualified for state.
DeBorde also earned a berth in the state meet in the long jump, placing third with a leap of 17-8.5. DeBorde, the reigning Class 6A state champ in the long jump, trailed Oregon City's Harley Daniel and her winning mark of 18-4 and Tualatin's Kendel Vanterpool and her 17-11.25.
Chiang also qualified for state in the 200, placing second with a mark of 25.83 and trailing only Tigard's Riley Patera and her 25.46.
Lake Oswego's 4 x 400 relay team of Chiang, DeBorde, junior Lily Lines and freshman Jayden Hill also qualified for state after placing third at 4:04.20.
Other top-four Lake Oswego finishers were: sophomore Elizabeth Bell, third in pole vault at 8-9; and Hill, fourth in the 400 at 59.27.
While Lakeridge qualified just one athlete for state — freshman Hannah Daniel in the 300 intermediate hurdles — the Pacers posted another six top-four finishes and competed well throughout the two-day meet.
Daniel came through with a strong finish in the intermediate hurdles, taking second place with a time of 47.80 — a personal best of almost 1 1/2 seconds. Oregon City's Alexis Peterson won the event with a mark of 47.32, while Pacer senior Carolyn Mount grabbed third with a 48.25.
"I was fighting for it," Daniel said. "I was doing pretty good, but then I came up on the curve and I got on the wrong foot, but then I brought it back."
With her big PR and big finish, Daniel has added an unexpected state-meet berth to the end of her freshman season.
"I didn't think I'd be going to state, that's for sure. It's real exciting," she said.
The Pacers' other top-four finishers included: sophomore Holly Lane, third in the 3,000 with a PR of 10:36.05, and fourth in the 1,500 with a PR of 4:52.12; freshman Rachel Barba, fourth in the 800 with a PR of 2:22.82; sophomore Hannah Dorros, fourth in the high jump with a PR of 5-1; and senior Emily Vernon, fourth in the triple jump with a PR of 35-11.50.
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