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The Pacers and Lakers compete well, but do not qualify for the Class 6A state meet

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego sophomore Maria Fernandez-Duran set a big personal record on her way to placing 11th at the Three RIvers League district cross country championship at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 30.The results may not have been everything they wanted, but say this at least about the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego girls cross country teams — they gave it their all at the 2019 Three Rivers League district meet.

The Pacers and Lakers — competing under sunny skies and cool temperatures in the TRL district meet at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 30 — ran to fifth and seventh places in the eight-team field. And while neither team qualified for the Class 6A state meet, the Lakers and Pacers knew they'd given it their best shots.

"I think we got close (to a team berth), but I think we're just a little bit off," said Lakeridge junior Holly Lane, who ran to 12th place with a finishing time of 19 minutes, 45.8 seconds. "Our main goal was obviously to go to state, but I think all of the girls on the team were just hoping to reach their goals, trying to PR or move up a couple of places."

The Pacers finished the eight-team meet with 123 points, trailing third-place Canby — the final team qualifier for state — by 25 points.

"We were looking at passing a few of the West Linn or St. Mary's girls because I think they were our biggest competition," Lane said.

For Lake Oswego, which finished seventh in the team race with 180 points, sophomore Maria Fernandez-Duran led the way by finishing 11th with a huge personal best of 19:44.1 — her fastest time by almost 1:20.

"I'm feeling good. I'm so happy," Fernandez-Duran said. "I wanted to beat 21 minutes so I think I made my goal."

Three Rivers Cross Country

After Lane's finish, Lakeridge saw sophomore Rachel Barba run to 16th place at 20:27.6. She was followed by junior Madeleine Stewart (22nd at 20:50.7), junior Sadie Fashana (35th at 21:16.4), junior Tessa Divergilio (38th at 21:22.1), sophomore Ainsley Williams (39th at 21:33.8) and sophomore Sofia Corso (45th at 21:57.6).

The rest of the Lakers' varsity competitors included junior Emily Joyce (24th at 20:51.6), junior Margaret Glad (46th at 21:59.2), sophomore Heather Thom (49th at 22:15.2), freshman Ashley Baranowski (50th at 22:30.7), freshman Brooke Plasse (51st at 22:37.5) and junior Scarlett Scott-Buck (52nd at 22:55.6).

West Linn landed three runners among the day's top nine finishers and won the meet with 53 points, followed by Tualatin at 55 points and St. Mary's at 98; all three teams have qualified for the Class 6A state meet at 2:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lane Community College.

The day's top five individuals included: Tualatin senior Kaitlyn Gearin (first at 18:13.4), St. Mary's junior Fiona Lenth (second at 18:22.8), Canby senior Izabela Kacalek (third at 18:35.3), Canby senior Jennifer Torres (fourth at 18:50.3) and West Linn senior Alyssa Rowe (fifth at 19:09.8).

The compete team scores were 1. West Linn 53; 2. Tualatin 55; 3. Canby 98; 4. St Mary's Academy 103; 5. Lakeridge 123; 6. Tigard 129; 7. Lake Oswego 180; 8. Oregon City 184.

In addition to the teams from West Linn, Tualatin and St. Mary's, three individuals also qualified for the upcoming state meet — Kacalek, Torres and Tigard freshman Lillian Herman (sixth at 19:11.4).

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