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Pacer girls top Lakers in track

The Lake Oswego High School ran into a buzzsaw against rival Lakeridge in a home track meet on April 30.

That Pacer buzzsaw was named Sam Berryman, and she took four places to spark her team to an 86-59 triumph.

Berryman, a senior standout, dominated the jumping events, winning the high jump (5-1), long jump (16-10) and triple jump (35-05). With all of that leaping, Berryman still had enough left in the tank to win the 100 high hurdles in 16.51.

Despite the barrage by Berryman, Lake Oswego Coach Eric Lider felt very good about his team, which was missing distance standout Tate Murray.

The Laker track boss couldn't be too downhearted with two wins by Lauren Ohlson in the distance events, two more by sprinter Jacqui Wallis, plus other triumphs by Kate Mogentale in the 100 meters, Morgan McGuire in the pole vault (personal best of 10-0) and Janelle Croy in the 300 hurdles.

'Lauren had a great day,' raved Lider. 'Her time in the 3000 (11:11.93) was one of the best in our league.'

Wallis, a sophomore, held off teammate Mogentale to win the 200 in 26.58, then added another first place finish in the 400 in 1:01.

For Croy, just a freshman, Lider said, 'That was her first win in the 300 hurdles. She keeps dropping her time.'

Hurdling must run in the Croy family. Janelle's twin brother took second place in the 300 hurdles in the boys division.

Despite these outstanding performances, Lake Oswego could not overcome Coach Ken James' team.

Lakeridge showed plenty of depth, especially in the weight events.

Taking victories for the Pacers were Jenna Horton in the 800 meters, Lexi Ross in the shot put, Christina Bogdan in the discus, and Andrea Hopkins in the javelin.

A strong performance was important to both teams with the Three Rivers League district meet coming up next week at Clackamas High School on May 14 and 16.

'Our league meet is going to be really, really close,' predicted Lider. 'There won't be a clear-cut winner.

'The four teams in the running will be Lakeridge, us, Oregon City and Clackamas. It could come down to the last event.'

This has been one of Lider's best girls squad in years, and he said, 'This is the first time in years we've been in the hunt. We could score a lot of points.'

LO's chances will be even better if Murray, a sophomore who has been having a superb season until running into a few injury problems, is in top shape.

She was held out of the meet against Lakeridge.