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Pacer, Laker cross country teams ready for districts

All that remains now for the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego cross country teams is next week's district meet and it should be an exciting battle for the chance to compete at state.

Last week both the Lakers and Pacers competed at the highly competitive Adidas Classic at Concordia.

The Lakeridge boys and girls each finished in the top-15 as a team at the meet. The Pacer girls were 13th on what proved to be a very fast course.

Kelly O'Neill led the way for Lakeridge with an impressive showing. She took eighth place overall in 18:08, turning in perhaps her best race of the season so far.

Laura Suzuki and Lia Newman both cracked the top-100 for Lakeridge, finishing in 73rd and 87th overall while Dorothy Wang and Laura Manning finished just three seconds apart and rounded out the scoring for Lakeridge.

The Pacer boys took 14th as a team. Julian Heninger finished in 22nd individually, cracking 16 minutes. Colton Ansberry also had a stellar race and finished in 40th.

Leo Lukens took 66th to finish in the top 100 for Lakeridge.

For Lake Oswego the girls were led by Shea Vallaire who had another strong showing and took 40th overall in 19:43.6.

Anna Peaslee finished in 74th.

The Lake Oswego boys ran without top runner Todd Macdonald and Phillip Kearns picked up the slack, taking 93rd.

In the Lakers' dual meet with West Linn and Reynolds last week, the Laker girls eked out a narrow win over the Lions.

Vallaire won the race, finishing 10 seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Peaslee and Becca Miles took fourth and fifth respectively and each finished ahead of West Linn's No. 2 runner which helped lock down the win.

For Lake Oswego, Macdonald won the race handily while Kearns took seventh. Matt Agritelley, Connor Wilson and Brendan Holser all finished back-to-back for the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge took on Oregon City David Douglas, Central Catholic and Centennial in Portland.

O'Neill took second in the girls race, 13 seconds behind the winner from David Douglas.

Newman finished in 12th and Suzuki took 14th. Manning and Wang each had strong races for the Pacers and finished in the top-20.

For the boys, Heninger took fourth in a very fast race and was just edged out for second place down the stretch.

Central Catholic showed its dominance, placing nine runners in the top 12. Ansberry took 18th for the Pacers and Kevin Mertz finished in 22nd.

The district meet will be held next Wednesday at Clackamas Community College.




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