Lake Oswego boys third at Three Rivers district track
Given one more shot to prove themselves against the Three Rivers League's best, the TRL's best did just that — they took their best shots — at the 2021 district track and field meet on Wednesday, May 12, and Saturday, May 15.
After two days of fast times, great jumps and long throws bathed in Oregon's gorgeous weather at Canby High School, Lake Oswego's boys took third, Lakeridge placed fourth, West Linn finished fifth and Oregon City sixth. The complete team scoring was: Tigard 120, Tualatin 105, Lake Oswego 102, Lakeridge 94, West Linn 90, Oregon City 85, Canby 59.
Complete meet results are available here — https://bit.ly/3hvxQME.
The Lakers were led by a pair of seniors who went 1-2 in the pole vault, with Aaron Olson soaring to victory with a winning mark of 15 feet, 6 inches, while teammate Harrison Canfield cleared 15-0 to take second place at Canby.
Lake Oswego also benefitted from another four top-three finishes, including: Gabe Olvera, third in the 100 meters at 11.30 seconds; Leo Cook, third in the 3,000 at 4:18.08; the 4 x 100 relay team of Matthew Altman, Henri Danzelaud, Stephen Lines and Olvera, second at 44.46; Aaron Olson, third in the discus at 116-2; and Joe Doolan, second in the triple jump at 40-0.5.
For fourth-place Lakeridge, the Pacers' lone win came in the 4 x 400 relay, while also posting six top-three finishes. In the 4 x 400, the quartet of Tyler Bradley, Briggs Butler, Kyle Goecks and Zachary Larson came through to win with a time of 3:30.21.
The Pacers' other top-three finishers were: Larson, third in the 400 at 51.43; Bradley, second in the 100 high hurdles at 15.53 and second in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 39.85; Ryan Boucher, third in the high hurdles at 15.56 and third in the intermediate hurdles at 41.20; and Aaron Chao, third in the triple jump at 39-8.5.
"It was a short season so I felt pretty good about the last race," Bradley said after taking second in the high hurdles. "The whole thing I felt pretty good about, but (West Linn winner Adam Maxwell), obviously he's pretty fast. I thought I was pretty close to him after the first two hurdles, but then he got away from me."
West Linn's success was fueled in great part by the efforts of Maxwell, a junior who stepped up to win three individual events, the 110 high hurdles, the 300 intermediate hurdles and the high jump.
"I felt like I was able to win it between the hurdles," Maxwell said of his victory in the high hurdles with a time of 14.98. "I felt like I got out a little bit slow at the start, but I was able to pick it up after the first hurdle … and picked up some confidence to be able to keep pushing through it."
Maxwell cleared 6-4 to take top honors in the high jump by three inches, and added a 39.10 to set the pace in the intermediate hurdles.
"I generally get nervous before each race no matter what, (but) I came out and gave it my all," Maxwell said.
Additional top-three finishers for the Lions were: Tyler Davis, second in the 800 at 2:00.34; and the 4 x 400 relay team of Maxwell, Quentin Robinson, Jaiden Fishbein and Davis, third at 3:31.43.
Oregon City, meanwhile, came through to win three events in the meet and also notched another four top-three finishes. The wins came from the Pioneers' 4 x 100 team, senior Ricky Ascencio in the 200 and senior Logan Peyton in the javelin.
In the 4 x 100, it was Jayce Bartley, Kamran Dahrens, Peyton and Ascencio who sped to victory with a time of 43.97.
"Our coach said we were going to win so I went with that," Bartley said. "It felt really good coming across the line."
"I felt like we were going to win," Dahrens said. "It feels great."
"We were seeded second, but two of these guys here had huge PRS in the 100 earlier this week so I felt pretty confident that we were going to fly through this," Peyton said.
"Handoffs were the number one thing for us," Ascencio said. "Earlier today, we practiced handoffs and they were great so I was confident we could win this."
Ascencio came back later in the day to win the 400 with a season's-best time of 50.96; he also took second in the 200 at 22.72.
"This is my last year so I've got to enjoy every bit of it," Ascencio said. "So far, it's been probably one of the funnest meets I've been to. Being a senior makes you enjoy all of this even more. It feels really good."
Peyton, meanwhile, busted off a personal-best throw of 192-11 to take top honors in the javelin.
Other top Pios' finishers were: Bartley, second in the 100 at 11.21; Keanu Lycett, third in the shot put at 43-8; and Jeffrey Judd, third in the pole vault at 12-6.
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