Pacers earn split with Lions

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lakeridge’s Billy Mitchell anchors the Pacers’ 4x400 relay team during last week’s dual meet against West Linn. The Pacers won the event.

Billy Mitchell must be feeling better.

The Lakeridge High School speedster certainly looked better in taking three first place finishes in a dual meet against West Linn on April 23.

A nagging hamstring injury wasn't enough to stop Mitchell from winning the 100 meters (10.99), 200 meters (23.13) and long jump (20-7). Then he made it four wins by anchoring the 4x400 relay team to victory in 3:44.25.

As good as Mitchell was, Coach Joseph Schloetter said the junior standout was not at his best.

'Billy had a slight hamstring pull, and I wanted to make sure that he was at full speed before he came back,' Schloetter said. 'I wanted to make sure that Billy was not at risk of re-injury before he returned.'

Schloetter said the sore hamstring has kept Mitchell from being 'where he needs to be' at this time of the season. But getting three wins was certainly impressive, especially the long jump victory.

'His performance in the long jump was a pleasant surprise,' Schloetter said. 'He has not been able to practice it very much this year.'

Mitchell's effort was the highlight on a day where the Lakeridge team fell 100-44, but there were some other outstanding performances by Pacers.

Dave Marks continued his superb season by winning the 1500 (4:15.92), even though it is not his best event.

'Dave is focused on the 3000,' Schloetter said. 'He will run the 1500 at district and he has a chance to go to state, but we are looking at the 3000 in terms of the state meet.'

Other first places came from Jimmy Trumbell in the high jump (5-4) and the 4 by 400 relay quartet of Max Heninger, Kevin Pearson, Marks and Mitchell.

Schloetter also had praise for Jason Dodson, who has emerged as the team's top performer in the shot put and discus. He was fourth in both events against West Linn.

The Pacers go to the Jesuit Relays on Friday, then host Milwaukie in a dual meet on Wednesday.

The Lakeridge High School girl tracksters proved to have too much firepower for West Linn in taking an 82-62 win in a home dual meet on April 23.

It certainly helped that the Pacers dominated the sprints. Freshman Amy Wiley won the 100 meters in 13.3, while Caitlin Hoddevik won the 200 in 27.9 and Michaela McNairy won the 400 in 64.9.

That speed also showed up in the relays as Lakeridge won the 4x100 in 52.7 with Wiley, Hoddevik, Chloe Block and Lexie Ross, plus the 4 by 400 in 4:23.3 with Hoddevik, Block, McNairy and Jenna Horton.

The Pacer girls also dominated the jumping events with Sam Berryman in both the high jump (5-2) and long jump (16-9) and Kimberly Weston in the triple jump (32.2-5).

Other wins came from Claire Plerusse in the 100 hurdles (17.5), Ross in the shot put (32-9), and Christina Bogdan in the discus (102-5).

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