The Lakeridge girls win the meet and both teams send multiple athletes to state

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Maddie Rabing won both the shot put and discus last week, breaking the school record in the shot put.It was a banner day for the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego track teams at the district track meet last week and a large group of Pacers and Lakers will be headed down to Eugene this Friday and Saturday.

The Pacer girls held off Oregon City to capture the district meet again with 148.5 total points.

On the track, Kelly O'Neill qualified for state individually yet again with a second-place finish in the 800, in a time of 2:18.58.

O'Neill would also take third in the 1500 behind the talented Donaghu sisters from Grant.

In the 3000, Lake Oswego's Shea Vallaire ran close to her best time of the year and took second place in 10:42.25 to earn a trip to state.

As expected, the hurdles were dominated by Lakeridge's Madi Greenleaf. Greenleaf has been strong after missing much of the early season with an injury.

She won the 100 hurdles by nearly a full second in 15.14 and won the 300 in 44.69 seconds.

Greenleaf, a senior who has committed to run for UCLA next year, will be one of the favorites to contend for a state title in those events this weekend.

“It's been tough coming back from being hurt but I feel really good right now and the focus all year has been the state meet,” Greenleaf said.

Lake Oswego's Mitra LeBuhn ran her best time of the year in both hurdles events and took second place in each, also qualifying for state.

Lakeridge qualified both of its relay teams for state as well. The 4x100 squad of Greenleaf, Ranya Al-Khaledy, Sydney Lautze and Marissa Miller finished a close second in 49.61 while the 4x400 team of Lautze, O'Neill, Greenleaf and Saskia McNairy took third place but had a good enough time to earn a berth at state.

In the field, Lakeridge freshman Maddie Rabing was tremendous. She topped 41 feet in the shot put for the first time to win that event handily. She then threw 117'10” in the discus to win that event as well.

The high jump was won by Lake Oswego's Erika Treske, who cleared an impressive 5'2”.

In the pole vault, Lake Oswego's Marissa Taylor scored a clearance of 10'4” to win while Lakeridge's Nicole Kangas will also go to state, taking second with a vault of 10'1”.

McNairy also scored a pair of individual wins for Lakeridge, taking the long jump with a mark of 17'8” and the triple jump by hitting 36-feet even.

Both teams had a few near misses as well. Lakeridge's Miller took third in the 100 by just seven hundredths of a second. Lautze was fourth in the 400 for the Pacers.

Lake Oswego freshman Samarra Watson took fourth in the 800 while Lakeridge's Andi Bisbjerg was fifth.

Vallaire was fourth for Lake Oswego in the 1500 while the Lakeridge pair of Laura Manning and Laura Suzuki was fourth and fifth in the 3000. Lake Oswego's Anna Peaslee was sixth in that event.

Treske finished fourth in the shot put, pole vault and long jump in a tight field and Lakeridge's Annie Jahraus was fourth in the discus.

The Pacers' Maddie Moxness and Emily Pearson were third and fourth in the high jump respectively.

Lake Oswego's Emily Prasil was fourth in the triple jump.

For the boys, Lakeridge's Michael Walker captured the 400. He was fourth after the prelims but shattered his career best time to win the event in 50.3 seconds.

Colton Ansberry endured a frenzied finish in the 800 to take second place by just five hundredths of a second.

The Pacers' Julian Heninger held off Grant's Jack Roberts in the 1500 to win in 4:00.31.

“I did what I wanted to do. You always get a little tired running a 1500 after the 3000 but it's good practice for state,” Heninger said.

He would also win the 3000 convincingly in 8:47.17 and will look to capture an elusive state title later this week.

“It's been a good senior year. I'm definitely looking to finish the season with a bang. I think there will be three of us who will be right there at the end,” Heninger said.

In the hurdles, Lake Oswego's Connor Bracken stole the shot. As the favorite in the 110, Bracken led wire to wire and won in 14.89 seconds.

Later in the evening, he would run a quick time of 40.28 in the 300 hurdles to take second in that event.

The 4x100 relay would be one of the stranger events of the meet. Lake Oswego's team of Eric Soo, Yong Kim, Bracken and David Soo crossed the line in 42.97, good enough for second place by a tenth of a second. However, the Lakers were originally going to be disqualified because officials claimed a teammate ran alongside the track down the home stretch. After a long discussion, the Lakers' time was upheld and the team is headed to state.

Lakeridge's 4x400 relay team of Alex Alamida, Ansberry, Heninger and Walker won by nearly a second in 3:24.19.

In the field, Lake Oswego's Mason Collett is headed back to state in the high jump. He cleared 6'2” and took second place. Lakeridge's Eric Dungey tied for third with a lead of 6'1” and that clearance was also good enough to get him to state.

In the triple jump, the Pacers' Micah Bartel scored a second-place finish with a mark of 43'3”.

Also placing well at districts, Alamida finished fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200 for the Pacers.

Merrick Sanders was fifth in the 400 and Lake Oswego's Philip Kearns was fourth in the 1500.

In the 300 hurdles, the Lakers' Alex Tymchenko was third with his second best time of the year.

Lake Oswego's Kyle Peterson and Jacob Cho were fifth and sixth in the shot put and Lakeridge's Andrew Clarke narrowly missed a trip to state in the high jump, clearing 6'1” as well but taking fifth place.

Ike Worth was fifth for the Lakers in the pole vault while Charlie Callen was fourth in the long jump. Lakeridge's Alec home was fourth in the triple jump.

The state meet will be this Friday and Saturday in Eugene.

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