Lakeridge boys win Three Rivers League district cross country title
When it comes to running in packs, gray wolves have nothing on the Lakeridge boys cross country team.
The Pacers, running in the Three Rivers League district meet at Oregon City High School on Wednesday, Oct. 27, didn't have a top-five finisher, but did land four of their varsity scorers in the day's top 10 and used that success to win the meet with 48 points. Second-place Tualatin — led by the 1-2 punch of Caleb and Aaron Lakeman — finished well back with 73 points.
"I think we all raced really well," said Lakeridge senior Cooper Wood, who finished seventh overall in the 5-kilometer race at 17 minutes, 0.76 seconds. "We've raced really well, tightly packed together as a team all year. That was sort of our strength. We don't really have a standout runner overall, but we're all solid and we race together, and I think we did that again today."
Indeed, they did, with Wood followed by junior Luke Loomis (eighth at 17:05.66), senior Maximus Chalpoutis (ninth at 17:08.36) and junior Lassen Baertsch Kovalchick (10th at 17:08.61).
"Our team really wanted to win district and I wanted to qualify myself for state, and I think I did that," Wood said. "It was just our goal to get there, and to finish top 10 would be awesome. We're going to be happy with what we did today."
In addition to Lakeridge — which defended the TRL title it also won last spring —Tualatin and Canby also qualified for the Class 6A state meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday Nov. 6, at Lane Community College in Eugene.
• The Class 6A state meet is set for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Lane Community College in Eugene.
Beyond those three teams, Lake Oswego sophomore Leo Cook (he was third at 16:36.86), and Oregon City seniors Eli Dale (fourth at 16:43.76) and Christopher Young (fifth at 16:54.16) all qualified for state as individuals.
For his part, Cook was disappointed with his performance, but said he'd use that as fuel for his efforts at state.
"I was a little disappointed. I was aiming for second place — that's what I wanted — but it wasn't even close in the end, so that's a little disappointing," he said. "I've got to come back at state. That's what I've got to do. That will mean a lot more to me. I'm going to slow down for that one, train less during the week and then just crank that race."
Dale, meanwhile, was thrilled with his efforts.
"I feel really good. I just wanted to qualify for state," Dale said. "I'm just glad I get to have the experience my senior year. I'm just looking forward to seeing what it's like and to run with all the fast guys."
For fourth-place West Linn, junior Liam Groah was the Lions' best in 11th place at 17:11.72.
Caleb Lakeman, a Tualatin senior, won the event with a time of 15:46.64, while junior teammate Aaron Lakeman took second at 16:10.09.
The complete team scoring included: 1. Lakeridge 48; 2. Tualatin 73; 3. Canby 82; 4. West Linn 110; 5. Lake Oswego 122; 6. Tigard 123; 7. Oregon City 129.
Lakeridge: 7. Cooper Wood, sr., 17:00.76; 8. Luke Loomis, jr., 17:05.66; 9. Maximus Chalpoutis, sr., 17:08.36; 10. Lassen Baertsch Kovalchick, jr., 17:08.61; 14. Alex Torres, jr., 17:26.27.
West Linn: 11. Liam Groah, jr., 17:11.72; 15. Kogen Brown, jr., 17:33.07; 25. Russell Daniels, fr., 18:01.30; 29. Parker Sullivan, sr., 18:13.12; 30. Quentin Robinson, sr., 18:13.95.
Lake Oswego: 3. Leo Cook, so., 16:36.86; 18. Hayden Grubb, fr., 17:47.52; 22. Garret Anderson, jr., 17:56.89; 37. Dawson Omdahl, sr., 18:29.11; 42. Logan Carson, sr., 18:57.66.
Oregon City: 4. Eli Dale, sr., 16:43.76; 5. Christopher Young, sr., 16:54.16; 39. Ethan Laib, sr., 18:45.52; 40. Caleb Jannsen, jr., 18:53.37; 41. Evan Stasiewicz, sr., 18:55.86.
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