Lakeridge girls run past two foes at Tualatin
There was rain.
There was wind.
There was a challenging and varied course, not to mention most of the Three Rivers League's top girls cross country teams.
In short, Lakeridge's Wednesday, Oct. 16, meet at Tualatin High School just about had it all.
In the end, the Pacers held their own impressively, beating both Oregon City and Yamhill-Carlton, while falling to Tualatin and West Linn.
"It was really a team race for us," said Lakeridge sophomore Rachel Barba, who finished 10th overall with a time of 20 minutes, 12.70 seconds to lead her team. "It was pretty competitive so that was good. We've been making a lot of improvements this year as a team."
Lakeridge — which ran without junior team leader Holly Lane — notched team scores that included: Lakeridge 24, Oregon City 33; Tualatin 16, Lakeridge 46; West Linn 17, Lakeridge 42; and Lakeridge 24, Yamhill-Carlton 37.
For Barba and the Pacers, who were also preparing for Saturday's Warner Pacific XC Classic, their success at Tualatin made for a fun return to TRL competition after three weeks away.
"It felt pretty consistent, which was good," she said. "And it was fun running with the people that I've raced with before."
In addition to Barba's efforts, the Pacers saw junior Madeleine Stewart place 15th at 20:38.90. Behind her, junior Sadie Fashana was 25th at 21:30.90, sophomore Sofia Corso took 26th with a 21:42.90, senior Laurel Finlay was 33rd at 22:38.40, senior Kayla Krueger placed 34th at 22:51.90 and senior Samantha Amos took 35th with a 22:57.40.
"We really weren't going too hard for (personal records) because we have an invitational on Saturday, so me and Maddie, the other top runner, we were hoping to pull the pack along," Barba added.
In their Saturday meet, the Warner Pacific XC Classic, Lakeridge finished 20th in the 5,000 Meters Varsity Gold event, led by Barba's 83rd-place finish at 20:34.10.
Next up, the Lions will run in the Three River League district meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30.
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