Local track teams fare well at Laker Classic
The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge track teams posted strong showings at last week's Laker Classic. The Lakeridge girls won the event with Lake Oswego taking second and both boys teams finished in the top four as well.
'It was a good meet. We got a lot of compliments from the teams. We just want to make it special for the kids,' Lake Oswego coach Eric Lider said.
In the girls' meet, Lake Oswego's Christy Wood finished as the top point-scorer as she scored victories in both the 100 and 200 meters.
She won by nearly six tenths of a second in the 100. Lakeridge's Marissa Miller as third in the 100 and Sydney Lautze was third in the 200.
The Pacers' Krissy Hengesh was the runner-up in the 400 with teammate Lauren King taking fifth while Lake Oswego's Sammy Wong turned in a season-best time in the 800 and took fourth.
Lakeridge's Kelly O'Neill and Sienna Allen each finished in the top five in the 1500 and the Lakers' Shea Vallaire did the same in the 3000.
In the hurdles, Lakeride's Madi Greenleaf scored a pair of victories with a dominating showing. Greenleaf won both events by more than a second, lowering her league-best time in the 300 hurdles.
Lake Oswgo's Mitra LeBuhn finished in the top-four in both hurdles events.
Lakeridge and Lake Oswego finished 1-2 in the 4x100 relay. The Pacers' team of Hengesh, Miller, Lautze and King edged out Lake Oswego's team of Hanna Nicklos, Wood, Emily Prasil and Riley Hatfield.
In the 4x400, Lakeridge finished in a close second behind Tualatin.
Lake Oswego's Amber Swayne had a terrific afternoon winning the shot put and breaking the school record with a toss of 39'8.5".
She would also win the discus by one foot over teammate Haley Russell.
Lakeridge's Kyleigh Young was fifth in the discus but would win the javelin handily with a league-best throw of 137'9".
Erika Treske won the high jump, clearing 5'0" for Lake Oswego while the Pacers' Saskia McNairy was the runner up in both the long jump and the triple jump.
In the triple jump, McNairy took second behind teammate Anne Mueller. That pair is currently ranked first and second in the league in the event.
Lake Oswego's Emily Prasil was third in the triple jump.
For the boys, Lake Oswego's Will Shannon edged out Sherwood's Cristian Morris by two hundredths of a second in the 100 while Lakeridge's Alex Alamida took fourth.
Alamida would also take second place in the 200 while Lake Oswego's Eric Soo was fourth.
In the 400, Spencer Russell won the event for the Pacers by nearly a full second with his best time of the year.
Lakeridge took second and third in the 800 with strong races from Colton Ansberry and Michael Walker.
Lake Oswego fared well in the distance events with Nate Normo taking second in the 1500 and Todd Macdonald turning in the league's best time in a second-place finish in the 3000.
'That was a breakthrough race for Todd. He's been working so hard on finishing races strong,' Lider said.
Lakeridge's Mubark Mebrat was third in the 3000 just behind Macdonald.
Dominic Eros scored a pair of third-place finishes for Lakeridge in the hurdles events and Lake Oswego's Connor Bracken was fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Lake Oswego's 4x100 relay team of Jasper Yildirim, Shannon, Soo and Yong Kim scored an impressive victory while Lakeridge's 4x400 squad of Alex Home, Ansberry, Russell and Walker did the same, winning that event by five seconds.
In the field, Lakeridge's Chris Scaffa was third in the discus and Nicholai Busch was fifth in the javelin.
Lake Oswego's Mason Collegg took fourth in the high jump.
Russell was nearly a double-winner for the Pacers, taking second place in the long jump and Yildirim for Lake Oswego had to PR in his final attempt to win the triple jump by less than an inch.
Lakeridge will compete in the Wilsonville Invite this weekend and the two teams will square off in a dual meet on April 25.