The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego boys cross country teams knew just how steep the challenge would be at the 2019 Three Rivers League district meet.
So the Pacers and Lakers — competing under sunny skies and cool temperatures in the TRL meet at Clackamas Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 30 — went out and battled the league's best from start to finish.
In the end, Lakeridge ran to fifth in the seven-team field with 120 points, while the Lakers placed seventh with 169 points.
Tualatin, Oregon City and West Linn took the top three spots and qualified for state as teams, the Timberwolves finishing with 41 points, the Pioneers at 63 and the Lions at 69. The Class 6A state meet is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Lane Community College.
"It was a good team performance," said Lakeridge sophomore Wilson Godfrey, who finished 13th overall with a finishing time of 16 minutes, 58.6 seconds to lead his team. "Unfortunately, we were missing Mathew (Ragsdale), one of our seniors. He got injured a couple of weeks ago so it's unfortunate that he couldn't race today."
For the Lakers, senior Brogan Deem-Ranzetta led the way for his team by finishing 24th with a time of 17:21.7.
"I was happy I could stay with (the leaders) for the first lap," he said. "I didn't really get that, the top 10 (finish I wanted), but we were lucky with the nice cool weather and no rain."
After Godfrey, the Pacers saw junior Luke Langer run to 20th with a time of 17:17.4. He was followed by senior Aidan Strealy (26th at 17:27.0), freshman Aiden Bradley (29th at 17:29.8), sophomore Briggs Butler (32nd at 17:38.9), sophomore Cooper Wood (33rd at 17:39.9) and senior Paul Corso (39th at 18:11.9).
"I feel pretty good, but it was hard," Godfrey said. "I was just gunning for sub 17 — that's what I've been going for all season so it's really good that I got that."
For Lake Oswego, the Lakers' other finishers after Deem-Ranzetta were sophomore Dublin Gingerich (25th at 17:25.7), junior Nate Foster (35th at 17:43.9), sophomore Tino Mehaffey (42nd at 18:17.1), senior Samuel Herron (43rd at 18:22.3), senior Lance Pancoast (44th at 18:24.8) and freshman Cooper Whittington (45th at 18:29.4).
"I went out with the lead pack because I was trying to get in the top 10 … (but) I started to fall away and I couldn't keep contact with them," Deem-Ranzetta said.
Tualatin's boys used a 1-2 finish by senior Andrew Payton and sophomore Samuel Roach to fuel their district championship. The meet's complete top five included: Payton (first at 16:00.4); Roach (second at 16:21.3); West Linn senior Dash Lipsey (third at 16:21.8); Oregon City senior Max Reed (fourth at 16:29.3); and Canby sophomore Tommy O'Neil (fifth at 16:44.1).
The compete team scores were: 1. Tualatin 41; 2. Oregon City 63; 3. West Linn 69; 4. Canby 113; 5. Lakeridge 120; 6. Tigard 128 7. Lake Oswego 169.
In addition to the teams from Tualatin, Oregon City and West Linn, O'Neil and senior teammate Matthew Powell (seventh at 16:46.1) also qualified for the upcoming state meet as individuals.
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