by: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn's Cara Boucher sprints to victory in the 400. Boucher also won the 200 in last week's dual meet with Lake Oswego. The West Linn track teams participated in a competitive dual meet with Lake Oswego last week, one that showcased each squad's areas of strength.

In the girls' meet, West Linn dominated the short distance events. The freshmen pairing of Isabella Reicher and Juliana Guthner finished 1-2 in the 200 meters, finishing just two hundredths of a second apart.

The Lions went 1-2-3 in the 200, led by Cara Boucher in a time of 26.59 seconds and followed closely by Madison Leek and Guthner.

Boucher would win the 400 as well, nearly cracking 1:00 with Leek and Reicher taking second and third.

Lake Oswego would dominate the distance events on the girls side as well as the hurdles but West Linn would easily capture both relays.

The Lakers also scored big points in the field although West Linn would take the top three spots in the javelin, led by freshman Audrey Belisle and followed by Caroline Swanson and Sophie Bangs.

Julia Boyd-Helm also had a strong showing in the shot put, taking second.

Lacey Gunther and Madeline Darrow would finish second and third in the long jump as well.

For the boys, it was the Lakers who were tough to beat in the sprints, but West Linn made up ground in the distance events.

Tyler Griffin and Roman Ollar finished 1-2 in the 800 while the trio of Connor Cushman, Grayson Ollar and Micahel Sullivan went 1-2-3 in the 1500 with Cushman winning in 4:20.01.

Sullivan would then capture the 3000 in 9:54.66.

In the field, Drew Cribbs scored another victory in the javelin, topping out at 156'10”.

David Evans and Connor Kelly would take second and third in the pole vault.

West Linn scored big points in the jumps as Ethan Terner won the long jump with a leap of 19'10” followed by teammates Mario Mastrandrea and Troy Carver in second and third respectively.

Mastrandrea would then go on to take home the triple jump.

West Linn will compete in the Jesuit Relays this Friday and will have its final dual meet of the season next week at Lakeridge where it will also see Grant and Clackamas.

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