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Pacer runners sweep Tigard, Newberg

Freshman trio claims top three spots in the girls race

Lakeridge's cross-country teams cruised in their first dual meets of the season. The Pacers easily won both the boys and the girls races against Newberg and Tigard.

For the Pacer girls, three freshmen stole the show, claiming the top three individual spots in the race. Sarah Lyell won by 45 seconds in a time of 19:57.6. She was followed by Eva Svoboda in a time of 20:42.7 and Lilly Bar in third in 20:53.9.

Lakeridge would place eight runners in the top-11 at the meet. Sophie French finished in seventh place while Maj Wehrmeister, Lillie French, Erin Johnson and Ashlynn Lawston all crossed the line within one minute of each other.

The Lakeridge boys had similar success, placing three runners in the top-four individually.

Noah Belcik was the winner of the event in a time of 16:33. He held off teammate Daniel Ragsdale who finished second in a time of 16:35.7.

Not far behind was Justin Miller in fourth, cracking 17 minutes.

Alex Harbert and Jack Cahpman finished back-to-back in seventh and eight for the Pacers while Matt Lautze took 10th.

Then, at the Ash Creek Festival, the Lakeridge girls took fourth out of 20 teams in the varsity race.

Lyell was the team's top finisher again in 13th place with a time of 19:27.5. Bar was next in 30th while Wehrmeister and Sophie French each cracked the top-50.

The Lakeirdge boys took seventh in the event, led by Belcik's sixth place showing in a time of 16:07.7.

Harbert had a very strong race, placing 17th in a time of 16:34 while Chapman finished 46th.

Lakeridge raced against Lake Oswego and Tualatin in another league meet on Wednesday.