Lakeridge, West Linn boys cross country battle at Fernhill Park
The sun was shining.
The course was dry.
And for a third week in row, Oregon's high school cross country runners were allowed to get out in the world and compete.
In the three-team Three Rivers League meet held Wednesday, March 17, at Portland's Fernhill Park, the Lakeridge and West Linn boys teams got after it against Tigard. In the end, the Pacers beat both the Lions (21-40) and Tigers (20-43), while West Linn beat Tigard (23-35) in the day's other dual meet.
"I think the team performed really well," said Lakeridge junior Wilson Godfrey, who finished second overall with a time of 17 minutes, 30.50 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. "We were missing a couple of guys but crushed it nonetheless. … We ended up beating Tigard and West Linn by a lot, which is always fun."
With the win, the Pacers won for the seventh straight time to improve to 7-0 against TRL opponents in the 2021 season. The Lions, meanwhile, improved their season record to 2-5 after splitting their Wednesday results.
"I believe ... our team's performance was really good today," said West Linn senior Jaiden Fishbein, who placed third overall at 17:39.40. "We had a bunch of season records across the board, and I feel like as a team, we all left it out there on the course."
"I think that my teammates have been doing a really good job staying consistent in their times," added West Linn senior Mick Jordan (sixth at 18:12.24), while adding that "a lot of times in the upper third of our team weren't quite what they could be and didn't reflect an improvement from last year's season for many."
On the day, Lakeridge placed all five of its varsity scorers among the day's top eight finishers (and all seven of its varsity runners among the top 10), with Godfrey second (behind only Tigard senior Lincoln Woodhouse and his 17:25.83), junior Maximus Chalpoutis fourth at 17:54.03 and senior Tyler Smith fifth at 18:09.41.
"I ran pretty well today," Godfrey said. "I felt good and the weather was really nice. I went out hard and was able to keep on that pace, which was good."
The rest of the Pacers' varsity included: sophomore Luke Loomis (seventh at 18:12.59); senior Kevin Travers (eighth at 18:22.31); sophomore Alex Torres (ninth at 18:36.49); and sophomore Walker Godfrey (10th at 18:53.15).
For the Lions, it was Fishbein in third and Jordan in sixth, followed by sophomore Tyler Coke (13th at 19:02.33), junior Max Parisio (14th at 19:07.41), sophomore Kogen Brown (15th at 19:08.99), sophomore Sam Sanford (18th at 19:18.34) and sophomore Liam Groah (22nd at 19:26.98).
"I felt like overall I ran pretty good today," Fishbein said. "Even though I got outkicked by Lincoln and Wilson, I stuck with them through 4,500 meters and I got to know how they race."
"I felt really good about my run after it was over, though it was a little bit of a struggle to finish because of how dry it was out, not to mention … wearing a mask all race," Jordan said. "The course was unexpectedly rocky, which caused a little bit of an issue for those of us running in racing spikes, but I was able to run the whole race without dropping out."
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