The Lakeridge boys and girls each take sixth at the event

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge’s Noah Belcik navigates the course at Sandelie last week. The Pacers finished sixth as a team.Lakeridge hosted a very successful and highly competitive meet at Sandelie Golf Course in West Linn last Friday, one that it hopes will become an annual tradition.

Great weather and a fast course highlighted the afternoon and the Pacer girls and boys each finished sixth as a team.

For the Lakeridge boys, Leo Lukens led the way, taking 12th place individually in a terrific time of 16:07.1. Justin Miller was next, finishing in 16:50.1, cracking the 17-minute barrier for the first time.

Teammate Reed Moderos was just one second behind.

Freshman Alex Harbert was the team's No. 4 runner and he finished in 17:03.9 while Corrado Pitari also cracked the top-75 individually.

For the Lake Oswego boys, Jase Jacobsen was the team's top runner again, getting into the top-50 with a 47th place finish in a time of 16:48.2, also a personal best.

Linn Rising was next for the Lakers in 69th place, in a time of 17:04.9. Brendan Holser also cracked the top-100 for Lake Oswego.

In the girls race, Lia Newman had a stellar outing. She just edged out West Linn freshman Johanna Briscoe, who has been one of the league's top runners this year, finishing in 19:38.3.

Laura Manning was just five seconds behind, finishing in 23rd place, a personal best.

Elli Newman was next for Lakeridge in 37th and Dorothy Wang finished in 59th.

For Lake Oswego, Emma Smith was the team's top runner, crossing the finish line in 45th place with a time of 20:20.4, narrowly eclipsing her best time.

Dulcie Jones finished in 65th for the Lakers.

The teams now have one week to prepare for the district meet next Wednesday at Clackamas Community College. While the West Linn boys and Grant girls figure to be the favorites, the second team berth at state for both the boys and girls is expected to be wide open.

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