Lake Oswego's Ana Peters, Lakeridge girls rule at Three Rivers League Preview
Lake Oswego freshman Ana Peters may have won the biggest battle on Wednesday, Sept. 8, but it was Lakeridge's girls who won the war.
Peters, running in the Three Rivers League Preview meet at Oregon City High School, sped to victory in the 5-kilometer race with a finishing time of 18 minutes, 32.77 seconds, but the Pacers put their first five runners into the day's top 14 to win the meet with 49 points.
The complete team scoring was: Lakeridge 49, Tigard 59, St. Mary's Academy 80, Tualatin 98, West Linn 104, Lake Oswego 121, Oregon City 141, Canby 227.
"We are all off to a really strong start," said Lakeridge senior Ainsley Williams, who finished second in 19:43.23. "We ran … on Saturday and everyone was very strong. Three girls (set personal best times) at that meet. I think we're all very hyped about the season. I think we're off to a very strong start and we're ready."
The rest of the Pacers' top five included sophomore Olivia Smith (10th at 21:29.54), sophomore Breckyn Kornachuk (11th at 21:38.56), sophomore Megan Larson (12th at 21:40.69) and senior Rachel Barba (14th at 21:45.80).
Regarding her race with Peters, Williams said she was happy with her time and impressed with the Laker freshman.
"I was hoping I would break 20 (minutes) … which I did. I was a little bit surprised, so I think that's a really encouraging start to the season," Williams said. "I was with (Peters) for probably the first half-mile and then she was off. She's very strong."
For her part, Peters — who won by more than a minute — said she enjoyed her first Three Rivers League meet.
"I'm pretty happy with it. I wanted to get first, just run basically. That was the plan," she said, adding that "this was my first time here. It's pretty cool. It's a fast course."
The rest of the Lakers' top five included freshman Sofie Howard (18th at 21:53.07), junior Brooke Plasse (23rd at 22:16.27), freshman Noelle Plasse (39th at 23:09.39) and freshman Joelle Thompson (45th at 23:58.47).
For fifth-place West Linn, senior Kate Sousley stepped up to finish fourth overall with a time of 20:04.36.
"It was hard to run, but it was a fun one," Sousley said of her first time on the Oregon City course. "I like the (course), you know where you're going, and you can focus on catching the people in front of you. I was like the least stressed about this meet because my team was really supportive, and it just worked out really well."
Joining Sousley in the Lions' top five finishers were junior Audrey Jacklyn (19th at 21:53.62), senior Maddie Meyer (20th at 21:56.49), freshman Sabrina Noce (28th at 22:33.04) and junior Ava Sullivan (33rd at 22:50.88).
For Oregon City, which was seventh among eight teams, junior Avery Sorensen led the way in 15th after finishing with a mark of 21:46.44. The rest of her team's top five included sophomore Lydia Dale (25th at 22:26.49), senior Abby Todd (27th at 22:32.18), senior Ellen Crooks (37th at 23:03.13) and sophomore Makenzie DeVault (40th at 23:17.82).
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