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Strong individuals lead Pacers in East County

While the team scores might not have shown it, the Lakeridge track team had some impressive finishes at the East County Classic last weekend at Mt. Hood Community College.

The Lakeridge girls took fourth overall, thanks in large part to strong showings in the field events.

Lexi Ross scored a convincing victory in the high jump, clearing 5'3' and the Pacers took second and third in the javelin with the throws of Andrea Hopkins and Kai Schmidt. Freshman Becky Iancu took fourth place for Lakeridge in the high jump.

Amy Wiley had a strong day all around for Lakeridge. The freshman came in third in the long jump, topping 15 feet. She was also second in the 400 meters and ran on both of the team's relays.

Jenna Horton took second in the 800 for the Pacers while sophomore Claire Perusse had one of the team's best individual races of the day in the high hurdles. She won the event in 17.38 seconds.

Also picking up a top-five finish was Kimberly Weston in the triple jump.

In the boys meet, the highlight of the day was Billy Mitchell's impressive victory in the 100 meters. The junior finished in 11.35 seconds, over two tenths of a second faster than his closest competitor.

Mitchell also took sixth in the long jump. Dave Marks continued his solid start to the season, picking up another victory in the 3000 meters. The senior came across the line in 8:46.26, narrowly beating Hermiston's Jordan Ringe.

Ryan Williams came in fifth in the 300 hurdles for the Pacers.