by: VERN UYETAKE - Runners from Lakeridge and Lake Oswego fight for position early in the boys race from last week's Civil War meet at Lake Oswego Junior High. The cross country showdown between Lakeridge and Lake Oswego was as advertised last week at Lake Oswego Junior High School.

Both meets were close with the Pacer boys topping the Lakers while the Lake Oswego girls edged Lakeridge.

The meet also featured a terrific finish in the boys race with Lake Oswego's Todd Macdonald and Lakeridge's Julian Heninger each crossing the line in 16:34.

Lakeridge freshman Leo Lukens took third in the race and his freshman teammate Noah Belcik took fifth to help lead the Lakers.

“Our freshmen have looked great in practice so I'm not really surprised, but they've helped out a lot,” Lakeridge coach Ken James said.

Kevin Mertz was equally strong for the Pacers, crossing the line in 17:50 and taking sixth place indivudally.

For Lake Oswgo, Phillip Kearns took fourth place in 17:33 while Connor Wilson finished in seventh, just in front of teammate Matt Agritelley. Both runners turned in their best times of the season so far.

In the girls race, Lakeridg'es Kelly O'Neill cruised to an easy win as she is still dealing with an ankle injury.

“It's tough for Kelly because she's running by herself a lot but she keeps running hard,” James said.

Lake Oswego's Shea Vallaire took third place in 20:48, her best time of the season and just five seconds off her career-best time.

Becca Miles placed seventh and Anna Peaslee finished in 11th for the Lakers with Peaslee turning in a career-best time of 21:21.

Lakeridge's Lia Newman finished in 12th place in her best time of the year while Dorothy Wang and and Laura Suzuki finished in 18th and 19th just 12 seconds apart.

Lakeridge also competed in the 3-Course Challenge at Seaside over the weekend and walked away with some impressive results.

Lakeridge had the individual winners in the difficult course of both the boys and girls races with Heninger capturing the boys race and O'Neill taking the victory for the girls.

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