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Cross country off to good start

Both Lake Oswego cross country teams got off to strong starts at last week's Tualatin Invitational.

The Laker boys took second as a team with a handful of standout performances. Junior John Paden came close to topping his personal-best time in the event, running a 16:12 to finish in second place, just seven seconds behind the winner.

'He looked really strong. That's a great time for him this early in the season,' coach Eric Lider said.

Elijah Greer took fifth place, finish just under 17 minutes while Paul Hoard turned in one of the team's best runs, taking eighth overall and shattering his personal best time.

'For him to finish in the top 10 was excellent,' Lider said.

Rounding out the day, Isaac Hayden took 18th for Lake Oswego and Reed Oliver came in 27th in his first varsity race.

'It's always good to get that first one under your belt. I was pretty pleased with what happened overall,' Lider said.

Meanwhile the girls team started the race with more question marks as the majority of the squad has very little experience at the varsity level. And the Lakers responded, taking fourth overall.

Tualatin won both the boys and girls events.

Tate Murray led the Lakers, finishing in third place overall in a cautious race.

'We slowed her down a bit since she's till coming off an injury,' Lider said.

Emily Hoard had a terrific first varsity race. The sophomore cracked the top 20 with a time of 22:30. Behind Hoard was a pack of Lakers who finished close together and ran well as a team.

Sarah Morse took third on her team and 22nd overall, just three seconds ahead of freshman Jocelyn Aguilar.

'We had a lot of girls who haven't competed at this level before and I think they rose to the challenge,' Lider said.

Rounding out the top five for the Lakers was Jess Strull in 26th, narrowly edging out teammate and fellow junior Anne Sholian.

The Lakers hosted West Linn and Putnam on Wednesday in the team's first league meet but results were not available at press time.

'I think we're going to see some huge improvements in individual times this season. It's going to be exciting,' Lider said.