The Oregon City and West Linn girls track teams went at each other hard.
The Pioneers, hosting the Lions at Pioneer Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, April 20, stepped up to win 10 of the day's 17 events and edged away to beat West Linn 71-65 in Three Rivers League action.
"I feel like it's going well," said Oregon City freshman Lucille Leasure, winner of the high jump and a fourth-place finisher in the long jump. "We just talked about getting out there and pushing and going strong and giving it our all."
With the win, the Pioneers improved to 3-0 in Three Rivers League action. The Lions fell to 1-2 in TRL action and 2-2 overall.
While the Lions knew Oregon City would be tough to beat, they focused on their own performances and improving their own best marks.
"We look at times and we see where people are placed, but it's always about mental toughness and if you feel like you can run it out," said West Linn junior Kaia Schmidt, winner of both the 800 and 1,500 meters.
The Pioneers built their win by sweeping the hurdles and jumps, with junior Sophia Beckmon her team's only two-time winner, taking top honors in both the long jump and 200. She notched a winning distance of 18 feet, 4 inches in the long jump and posted a time of 24.72 seconds to take the 200.
She also teamed with sophomore Samara Lugo, senior Grace Leasure and senior Harley Daniel to win the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 48.66.
Lucille Leasure did her part in the high jump with a winning height of 5-4 — a 2-inch personal best — before taking fourth in the long jump at 15-0 later in the meet.
"I felt pretty good about it. I felt like I got pretty high and I thought that my form was pretty good," Leasure said of her winning jump. "I felt like I was pretty high and I cleared it by a lot — I felt pretty good on that one."
Other Oregon City winners included: sophomore Freya Steed in the 400 at 1:08.71; Daniel in the 100 high hurdles at 14.85; junior McKenna Moore in the 300 intermediate hurdles in a PR of 50.10; senior Dimitra Protopapas in the discus at 109-5; sophomore Erin Matheson in the pole vault with a PR of 7-7; and Grace Leasure in the triple jump at 36-0.
For West Linn, Schmidt broke through to win big in the 1,500, posting a 5:00.27 to win by almost 29 seconds and leading a 1-2-3 Lions' sweep. She then followed up with another "W" in the 800, posting a 2:29.68.
"I'm pretty happy with it," she said after her 1,500. "I was hoping to … break five minutes, and hopefully, get another PR, but I worked toward it and I think I got close."
Other West Linn winners included: freshman Emersen Ruppe in the 100 at 13.18; senior Kate Sousley in the 3,000 at 11:32.29; the 4 x 400 relay team of freshman Hayden Williams-Downing, Schmidt, Ruppe and senior Olivia Iverson at 4:06.69; senior Daramfon Udoh in the shot put at 37-3 (to win by more than 8 feet); and Williams-Downing in the javelin at 115-1.
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