Rabing's titles highlight strong state track meet
The junior wins the shot put and discus as locals shine in Eugene
The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego track teams finished the season on a high note with multiple individuals reaching the podium on a picture perfect couple of days in Eugene last week.
The highlight for the Pacers came in the field events where Maddie Rabing dominated both the shot put and the discus.
Rabing came in as the favorite, having already posted the top throws in each event but still had to execute against a strong field.
It was a little easier this year just because I had that experience but you're always a little nervous, Rabing said.
First up was the shot put where Rabing was the defending state champion. She put up a solid mark of 45'3, one of her better puts of the year to win by nearly six feet.
In the discus, Rabing was going for her first state title after taking second last season.
She got off a terrific throw of 144 feet even in her second attempt, good for a PR and good enough to win against a talented freshman from Sherwood.
There's always pressure on you but, at the same time, I know what I'm capable of, Rabing said.
Also scoring in the field for the Lakeridge girls was sophomore Alexa Harris. She cleared 5'2 in the high jump at her first state meet and finished in sixth.
For the Lakeridge boys, Eric Dungey cleared 6'1 to take seventh in the high jump and also placed seventh in the long jump with a best mark of 21'5. Seven was the magic number for Lakeridge as Michael Kiever placed seventh in the shot put as well.
On the track, Noah Belcik made the finals and took seventh in the 800 and both of the Pacers' relay teams scored as well. The 4x400 team of Nick Hoddevik, Tim Jordan, Cameron Russell and Belcik took seventh while the 4x100 team of Hoddevik, Russell, Spencer Gregg and Cody Casteel finished eighth.
Russell also scored individually, making the finals and placing eighth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.27 seconds.
For Lake Oswego, Carter Bracken was solid in both of his hurdles events. He placed fourth in both the 110 and the 300, his best finishes in state in both events.
Devon Loeks also picked up big points for the Lakers with a stellar triple jump. He broke his previous best mark of the year by seven inches, tallying a 46'10.75 to finish second.
For the girls, Victoria Edwards wrapped up a strong season by clearing 11'3 in the pole vault, good enough for fourth place.
Nehalem Kunkle-Read made the finals in the 300 hurdles and finished seventh in that event.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT