Cross country teams make stretch run

by: DAVE BALL Lakeridge’s Julian Heninger held off strong competitors in last week’s crossover meet at Oregon City to win the individual boys race and help the Pacers take second.

Lakeridge had both individual winners in last week's Three Rivers League/Mt. Hood Conference crossover meet.

The Lakeridge girls, led by Kelly O'Neill finished second behind Barlow in the meet, but ahead of league rival Oregon City and the Pacer boys took third, also beating out the Pioneers.

O'Neill turned in another strong race from start to finish, taking an early lead and finishing well ahead of the pack in a time of 18:43, her best showing of the year.

Lia Newman and Madeline Hummel each finished in the top 10 for the Pacers as well with Hummel turning in a career best time.

Aubrey Larson and Laura Suzuki rounded out Lakeridge's top five finishers and each placed in the top 20 individually.

For the boys, Julian Heninger led the way with a time of 16:21, matching his best showing of the year. That time was good enough to top Barlow's top finisher by five seconds.

Mubark Mebrat was second for the Pacers and took seventh place overall.

Alec Koh, Colton Ansberry and Kevin Mertz all cracked the top 20 and Mertz finished with the best time of his career.

The team will run in its final big meet of the season before districts at Concordia this weekend.

The Lake Oswego boys finished second in the St. Helens Relays last week, led by a strong showing by Todd Macdonald who ran the 3,100 meter course in under 10 minutes.

Jared Bell and Nate Normo also turned in solid times.

The Lakers will also run at Concordia this weekend.