Laker runners keep rolling
At one of the more competitive meets of the season, the Lake Oswego boys and girls cross-country teams shined over the weekend. The Northwest Classic in Eugene featured over a dozen high schools and the Laker boys finished in second place while the girls took fourth.
Elijah Greer led Lake Oswego, finishing in fifth place overall in a time of 16:37. The rest of the Laker team posted solid times with Chris Caldwell taking 16th overall, Alex Martin finishing in 22nd, Isaac Hayden taking 42nd and Sean Johnson finishing in 48th.
'It was those other guys that got us second place,' coach Eric Lider said.
The girls team was missing three of its top six runners but still managed to crack the top five as a team.
'For us to place fourth was pretty amazing,' Lider said.
The story of the meet was freshman Latane Cox, who was new to the varsity team after switching over from volleyball.
Cox came in second on her team and took 10th place overall.
'For her to finish in the top 10 was incredible. I'm pretty excited about the team,' Lider said.
Tate Murray was Lake Oswego's top finisher, taking third place overall with a time of 19:31. That time marked a significant personal best for Murray on a difficult course.
The Lakers' previous meet took place in McMinnville and also served a dual meet with Clackamas.
The Lake Oswego boys were edged by the strong Cavaliers team but had some solid individual performances. Greer took second place overall, finishing just one second behind Clackamas' Zach Marx.
Three of the Cavaliers placed in the top five which proved to be the difference in the meet.
Meanwhile, the Laker girls topped Clackamas handily. Murray won the event overall, edging out Tualatin's top runner at the finish line. Lauren Ohlson took second on the team and sixth overall while Cox, running in her first varsity meet, took third on the team and ninth overall.
'That's kind of how we expected it to go,' Lider said on his team's performance.
Next up for the Lakers is the Nike Pre-National event this Saturday at Portland Meadows while the next dual meet will be on Oct. 3 at Tualatin.