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The Pacers step up to win the Three Rivers League Preview at Clackamas CC on Sept. 11

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge senior Matthew Ragsdale (left) leads teammate Aidan Strealy to third- and fourth-place finishes at the Three Rivers League Preview meet at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 11.There's never a bad time to put the rest of the league in its place, and that's just what the Lakeridge boys cross country team did on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The Pacers, competing under sunny skies in the Three Rivers League Preview meet at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 11, won the seven-team race with 46 points, while second-place Tualatin finished at 57. Lake Oswego's boys also ran in the meet and finished seventh with 191 points.

"I thought was pretty good," said Lakeridge senior Matthew Ragsdale, who placed third overall. "With the rain this week, I thought the course was going to be muddy so it was really nice that it wasn't. And it wasn't terribly hot so that was nice — we could just focus on racing."

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For their part, the Lakers focused on the good weather, racing and challenging each of their own personal records.

"It was really nice because we didn't have the rain. The surface was OK so that was good," said Lake Oswego senior Brogan Deem-Ranzetta, who ran to 13th place in the meet. "We didn't have a lot of team goals other than to just go for PRS."

Ragsdale and fellow senior Aidan Strealy led the way for Lakeridge, with Ragsdale third in a time of 16 minutes, 59.05 seconds for the 5,000-meter race, while Strealy took fourth at 17:02.12.

The team's three other varsity scorers all finished in the day's top 16. That group included senior Paul Corso (11th at 17:23.15), sophomore Wilson Godfrey (12th at 17:25.67) and sophomore Cooper Wood (16th at 17:30.78). Also competing for the Pacers were freshman Aiden Bradley (21st at 17:43.64) and junior Luke Langer (25th at 17:51.06).

"I felt pretty good. It's been a long time since I was running this fast so it was awesome to get out there and do that," Ragsdale said, referring to the stress fractures that have kept him off the course for much of the past two seasons. "This is, so far, my first season where it's going pretty well coming back. I've been doing everything I can to stay healthy."

For Lake Oswego, Deem-Ranzetta led the way with his 13th-place finish at 17:26.10.

"I felt OK," he said. "I didn't go out super hard on the first mile because I wanted to keep it conservative, but I pushed it at the end so it was OK."

Also scoring for the Lakers were: sophomore Dublin Gingerich (55th at 18:44.26); freshman Cooper Whittington (59th at 19:08.70); sophomore Tino Mehaffey (63rd at 19:13.45); and senior Samuel Herron (64th at 19:13.77).

Laker sophomores Dawson Omdahl and Eli Southworth also competed, with Omdahl placing 70th at 20:42.48 and Southworth 71st at 20:56.44.

The complete team scoring was: Lakeridge 46, Tualatin 57, Oregon City 72, West Linn 78, Canby 144, Tigard 165, Lake Oswego 191.

The day's top 10 individual finishers were: 1. Andrew Payton, Tualatin, 16:36.96; 2. Dash Lipsey, West Linn, 16:47.60; 3. Mathew Ragsdale Lakeridge, 16:59.05; 4. Aidan Strealy, Lakeridge, 17:02.12; 5. Caleb Lakeman, Tualatin, 17:09.17; 6. Grant Pauli, Oregon City, 17:13.60; 7. Max Reed, Oregon City, 17:15.74; 8. Matthew Powell, Canby, 17:21.54; 9. Gabe Lee, West Linn, 17:22.34; 10. Cole Rogers, West Linn, 17:22.62.

Next up, the Lakers and Pacers will run in the Meriwether Cross Country Classic at Meriwether National Golf Course in Hillsboro on Friday, Sept. 20. The varsity girls race is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with the varsity boys race to follow at 5:30 p.m.

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