Lakeridge boys fight to second in Three Rivers League district track meet
The Tualatin boys track and field team reigned supreme at the Three Rivers League district track and field meet, but the rest of the TRL's best took their best shots, too.
In the end, the Timberwolves walked off with the TRL title with 306.5 points, while second-place Lakeridge ended the two-day meet — held Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, at Oregon City's Pioneer Memorial Stadium — at 258.5.
The complete team scoring included: Tualatin 306.5, Lakeridge 258.5, Tigard 184, West Linn 172, Oregon City 157, Canby 156, Lake Oswego 86.
While Tualatin won four events — including both relays — to secure its district crown, the Pacers built their success on two victories and four second-place finishes. The "Ws" came from senior Tyler Bradley in the 110-meter high hurdles with a personal-best time of 14.72 seconds — where he beat West Linn senior Adam Maxwell by .11 — while senior Aaron Chao topped the long jump field with a mark of 21 feet, 5.25 inches.
"I knew I could run that time if I was quick over the hurdles," Bradley said. "I went out fast. The problem this year has been the second half of my races — it just hasn't been focused and not as quick over the hurdles — so … I was like, 'That's what you have to do to win,' and today I was able to focus and I won."
Other top-two finishes from Lakeridge athletes came from: Chao in the 100 with a PR of 11.14; senior Zachary Larson in the 400 with a PR of 50.34, and second again in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a PR of 39.76; and sophomore Cian Bryant in the javelin with a PR of 158-4.
On to state
• The top two finishers in every event, plus any other athletes/teams who hit state qualifying standards or earn wild card berths, will participate in the Class 6A state track and field meet at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene May 20-21.
For West Linn, the Lions won three times and finished second twice at district, with Maxwell grabbing two wins, first in Friday's high jump and later in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Maxwell cleared 6-6 to take the high jump, finished second in the high hurdles, then added his other win in the intermediate hurdles with a PR of 38.73.
"I felt pretty good," Maxwell said of his win in the high jump. "It was a little bit chilly — there were some times when I wanted to take a little more time between jumps but I also didn't want to cool down with the rain."
Lions' senior Parker Sullivan notched his team's other win, racing home to victory in the 400 with a personal-best time of 49.90.
Other top-two finishes from West Linn athletes came from: the 4 x 400 relay team of senior Quentin Robinson, senior Cavan Mikami, senior Parker Sullivan and Maxwell at 3:26.24; and senior Jake Rams in the shot put at 44-10.5.
Oregon City's boys, meanwhile, got a pair of wins from junior sprinter Jayce Bartley and a pair of runner-up finishes en route to their fifth-place finish. Bartley took top honors in both the 100 and 200, winning the 100 in a PR of 11.02 and coming back later to take the 200 with another PR of 22.42.
"I didn't have too many expectations for myself — I just wanted to run well," Bartley said after his win in the 100. "I was focused, I came out of the blocks, felt good and checked my form all the way to the line. I just felt great."
Other top-two finishes from Oregon City athletes came from: the 4 x 100 relay team of senior Kamran Dahrens, senior Cam'Ron McDonald, freshman Nick Bocchetti and Bartley at 43.42; and senior Tyler Papp in the discus with a PR of 123-7.5.
Top finishers for Lake Oswego included: senior Blake Burby, third in the high hurdles with a PR of 15.75; and the 4 x 100 relay team of sophomore Henri Danzelaud, senior Gabe Olvera, senior Ben Taylor and junior Ethan Park, third at 43.50.
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