Lakeridge boys fifth, Lake Oswego sixth at Three Rivers track
The Lakeridge boys track team was determined to take its best shot.
Lake Oswego's boys felt the same.
Both teams did just that at the 2019 Three Rivers League district track meet, held Wednesday, May 15, and Friday, May 17, at Oregon City's Pioneer Memorial Stadium.
In the end, the Pacers stepped up to win two events, take second in another and finish fifth overall with 67 points. The Lakers, meanwhile, won once, finished second three times and placed sixth with 56.5 points.
The complete team scoring for the meet included: Tualatin 187, Oregon City 127.5, West Linn 99.5, Tigard 86.5, Lakeridge 67, Lake Oswego 56.5 and Canby 32.
Next up for the Pacers' and Lakers' best is the Class 6A state meet, set for Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Mt. Hood Community College.
The Pacers built their success on the efforts of senior jumper Calvin Migchelbrink and junior hurdler Luke Neville, with Migchelbrink winning the high jump and finishing second in the triple jump, while Neville took top honors in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and finished fifth in the high hurdles.
Migchelbrink's success in the jumps was unquestionably the biggest story of the meet for the Pacers. He came into the high jump seeded just 10th and the triple jump with the ninth-best mark, but ended up first in the high jump and second in the triple.
In the high jump, Migchelbrink won a dynamite duel against West Linn sophomore Cody Pierce, eventually clearing 6 feet, 5 inches to beat Pierce — last year's TRL district runner-up — on fewer misses. For Migchelbrink, his final height represented a personal best by seven inches.
"My PR before was 5-10, so that wasn't really close, but I was feeling pretty good," Migchelbrink explained. "It was nice to have a couple of weeks without a meet beforehand to get that rest — my legs were getting pretty battered up by the end of the regular season — so I think that was the biggest difference."
Still, it wasn't easy with Pierce matching him almost jump for jump along the way.
"Every time I'd (clear a height), he would just follow right in there. It was pretty good competition," Migchelbrink said. "After I PR'd a couple of times, I was feeling pretty good. … Then, once I got in the top three or top four, I figured I might as well go for the win."
Migchelbrink followed up his win with a triple jump performance that was nearly as good, eventually leaping 44-9.75 — a personal best by more than 3 1/2 feet — to finish second behind Oregon City's Jake Follett and his winning mark of 44-10.
Neville did his part in the 300 intermediate hurdles, backing up his top qualifying mark by running a personal-best time of 38.61 in the final. Neville's win didn't come without some drama, however; he was pushed to the end by Tigard's Hunter Gilbert and hit the last two hurdles, eventually losing his footing and tumbling hard to the track as he crossed the finish line.
"I hit the last two hurdles and the last hurdle kind of really messed me up," said Neville, who ended up with a big scrape on the back of his right shoulder. "I felt really good until the last few hurdles. I felt fast. But I just got too close, my steps got off. I don't know what was carrying me (as he fell)."
Now, both Migchelbrink and Neville — he's top-seeded at state — are ready for more success at the 6A meet.
"The last few meets, I was constantly PR'ing and doing better and better," Neville said. "Over this whole season, I've dropped like three or four seconds, so when I get to state, I just really want to keep that momentum."
"I wasn't thinking I was going to make state," admitted Migchelbrink, who's competing in his first year of track. "It's going to be fun to compete with the big dogs."
Other top-four finishers for Lakeridge included: junior Giuliani Roberti, fourth in the 100 at 11.28; and the 4 x 100 relay team of Aaron Chao, Pierce Boucher, Kyle Goecks and Robert Fritz, fourth at 43.66.
Lake Oswego Boys
Lake Oswego's boys, meanwhile, got their lone win from sophomore Harrison Canfield in the pole vault. Canfield fell short of his personal best in the victory, but cleared 14 feet to beat sophomore teammate Aaron Olson by a foot.
Canfield grabbed first at 14-0, Olson was a solid second at 13-0 and junior teammate Max McNown added a fourth-place finish in the event at 11-6.
Beyond Canfield and Olson's efforts, LO senior Collin Bracken came through with a leap of 21-5.5 to finish second in the long jump and earn a berth to state. He trailed only Oregon City winner Kyle Follett and his winning mark of 22-8.
Also headed to state for the Lakers is senior Matthew Seeley in the triple jump. Seeley finished fourth in the field with a best jump of 44-3.5 to earn a wild card berth to state.
Other top-four finishers for Lake Oswego included senior Fred Harding in the long jump at 20-8.5.