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Lakers, Pacers earn berths in state track meet

Both teams qualify strong contingents for this week's competition in Eugene

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego freshman Maddie DeBorde won the district title in the 100, was second in the 200 and anchored the team's 4x100 relay which qualified for state. The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge track teams had very strong showings at last week’s district meet in Newberg and those who qualified are now gearing up for the state meet in Eugene where a few state titles may be within reach.

The Lake Oswego girls had a stellar showing with multiple individuals advancing through to state.

Freshman Maddie DeBorde made the most of her first district meet, making it through in both the 100 and 200 while helping the Lakers’ 4x100 relay advance as well.

The 100 proved to be dramatic as false starts forced two restarts and disqualified one of the top sprinters in the field.

“It was nerve-wracking but I just had to stay focused,” DeBorde said.

When the race finally kicked off, DeBorde edged out Karina Moreland at the line to win the district title in 12.51 seconds.

DeBorde would later go on to take second in the 200 by one hundredth of a second in 25.89 to earn a trip to state in that event as well.

“I’d like to get a PR and hopefully make the finals,” DeBorde said.

In the 800, Lake Oswego’s Gillian Mair gutted out a terrific race, outlasting a Sherwood freshman down the backstretch to take second in 2:18.65.

In the 1500, Grace David made a gutsy effort to finish in the top-two of the 1500, collapsing across the finish line in third in 4:47.51 but her time was good enough to qualify for state. She also finished fifth in the 3000 the previous day while Lakeridge’s Sarah Lyell took eighth.

In the hurdles, Lake Oswego’s Nehalem Kunkle-Read finished a close second in the 100 to start the day and then won the 300 in an outstanding time of 45.13, shattering her PR.

Lake Oswego’s 4x100 relay also made it to state with strong splits from Kunkle-Read, DeBorde, Victoria Edwards and Shannon Smith.

In the field events, Lakeridge’s Maddie Rabing easily won the shot put, throwing just under 47 feet. She also qualified for state in the discus, taking third in the event in a very strong field. Six Three Rivers League discus throwers qualified for state and the top four qualifiers are from the TRL. Rabing is the defending state champion in both throwing events.

The Pacers’ Alexa Harris is headed back to state in the high jump, winning the event with a clearance of 5’3”. Lakeridge’s Emma Slominski and Lake Oswego’s Madison Richardson also made it to state by clearing 5’0.5”.

Edwards will return to state for the Lakers in the pole vault as well, taking second by clearing 10’7”.

For the boys, Lake Oswego’s Cameron Seymour was the beneficiary of some tough luck, finishing in a close third in both the 100, 200 and the the long jump.

Lakeridge’s Noah Belcik pulled away late to capture the 800 in a time of 1:56.88, earning a trip to state.

Lake Oswego’s Carter Bracken was a double winner in the hurdles events, running a clean race in the 110 to win in 14.50 and then out-leaning Cole Alteneder from Newberg in the 300 to win in 38.90. Lakeridge’s Sam Reed also earned a trip to state in the 110 hurdles with his time of 15.51.

In the relays, Lakeridge’s team of Cody Castell, Keaton Wood, Cole Riedl and Cameron Russell took second in 43.00 to earn a trip to state.