Lakeridge girls track uses depth to knock off West Linn 78-66
Competing for the first time in almost two years, the Lakeridge and West Linn girls track and field teams went at it hard.
The Lions threw down with their frontline stars winning 12 of the meet's 17 events. The Pacers responded with six wins and 14 second-place finishes. By the time the dust had settled, Lakeridge used its depth — the Pacers also went 1-2-3 in four events — to post a hard-fought 78-66 win under sunny skies at West Linn High School on Wednesday, April 14.
"I am proud of my team," said Lakeridge junior Hannah Daniel, winner of both the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the high jump. "It was definitely a memorable experience running on the track again after over a year of not being able to compete in the sport I love."
"Our team performed very well at the meet," said junior Rachel Barba, winner of the 800. "There were many new underclassmen who had no idea how a high school track meet was supposed to look, and everyone was more than willing to help them feel more comfortable. We came together as a team, and the experience was really fun."
With the win, the Pacers improved to 1-0 in Three Rivers League action and 1-0 overall. West Linn, meanwhile, fell to 0-1 in TRL action and 0-1 overall.
Like their Lakeridge counterparts, the Lions were proud of their efforts.
"I feel pretty good about it," said West Linn junior Kailey Dougherty, winner of both the discus and the javelin. "It was fun to come back out after a year of not competing."
On the track, Barba led a top-three sweep in the 800, with Barba winning in 2:32.94, followed by Pacer freshman Megan Larson (second at 2:41.60) and senior Carolyn Mount (third at 2:48.30).
"I'm really happy with my performance," Barba said. "After a two-year break from the track, I really had no expectations time-wise."
Daniel did her part in the high jump, where she led another 1-2-3 Lakeridge sweep, Daniel winning at 4 feet, 8 inches, followed by freshman Scarlet Baertsch Kovalchick (also at 4-8) and senior Hannah Dorros (at 4-6).
Coming back in the intermediate hurdles, Daniel raced to victory at 53.08 (with junior teammate Brooke Armsby second at 58.18).
"I felt good about my performance, but I am honestly (most) happy to be back running with my team and coaches," Daniel said. "It was a great race and an amazing first meet back for the 2021 track season."
Other Lakeridge winners included: senior Holly Lane in the 1,500 at 5:31.77 (with West Linn junior Kate Sousley second at 5:44.84); junior Ainsley Williams in the 3,000 at 11:34.13 (with senior teammate Tessa Divergilio second at 11:41.83 and junior Annabelle Higgins third at 12:38.22); and junior Ayslin Chrisman in the 100 high hurdles at 18.40 (with Mount second at 19.06 and junior Armsby third at 19.75).
For West Linn, the Lions saw three athletes — junior Olivia Iverson, Dougherty and sophomore Anika Sukumar — win two events each against the Pacers.
Dougherty came through in the discus and javelin, taking top honors in the discus with a mark of 69-0 (with Lakeridge senior Isabella Cantu second at 61-8) and duplicating that success in winning the javelin at 100-6 (with Lakeridge junior Hope Williams second at 73-8).
"I was happy with my marks and I'm excited to see how things continue," Dougherty said. "It was really fun. We've just got to keep working hard."
Sukumar, meanwhile, led the way in both the long jump and triple jump, winning the long jump at 18-0.25 (with Lakeridge freshman Saya Butler second at 14-2) and triple jump at 36-10.75 (with Lakeridge sophomore Bella Walsh second at 29-10.75).
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Iverson got it done in the sprints, taking the 100 at 12.66 (with Lakeridge senior Hannah Dorros second at 13.81) and coming back to win again in the 200 at 26.17 (with freshman teammate Kate Cheldelin second at 26.42).
Other West Linn winners were: Cheldelin in the 400 at 1:02.50 (with Baertsch Kovalchick second at 1:10.57); the 4 x 100 relay team of Iverson, Cheldelin, Claudia Lane and Sukumar at 52.06; the 4 x 400 relay team of Cheldelin, Lane, Sukumar and Iverson at 4:17.63; junior Daramfon Udoh in the shot put at 29-1 (with Lakeridge senior Isabella Cantu second at 20-9); and sophomore Raynah Cheng in the pole vault at 10-6 (with senior teammate Alexandra Evans second at 6-6).
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