The Pacer boys finish fifth as a team and Pacer girls take seventh to finish the year

by: ZACH PALMER - Lakeridge's Julian Heninger runs the course at last week's state cross country meet at Lane Community College in Eugene. Heninger took fourth place individually and his team finished fifth at state. The state cross country meet saw some impressive results from local runners last weekend. The highlight of the meet was the performance by Lakeridge's Julian Heninger. In his final state cross country competition, Heninger battled a highly competitive field and took fourth place individually.

He finished in 16:09, just 15 seconds off of his personal best on what is traditionally a slow course.

Heninger finished just behind the lead pack of three runners that was led by state champion Jackson Darland from Sheldon, who won in a time of 15:40.

This was Heninger's fourth state meet and he improved his finish each year, moving up from ninth place last fall.

As a team, the Lakeridge boys finished fifth in state, narrowly missing picking up a team trophy.

Senior Colton Ansberry also came up big for Lakeridge, taking 25th place individually in 16:40 for what was one of the best showings of his career.

Lakeridge freshmen Leo Lukens and Noah Belcik took 60th and 62nd respectively for the Pacers who will graduate four of their top seven this season.

Lake Oswego's Todd Macdonald didn't finish the race as he was dealing with sickness and a lingering foot injury.

In the girls' race, Lakeridge took seventh as a team.

Kelly O'Neill, running in her last state cross country meet as well, took 30th. Lia Newman finished in 60th in 21 minutes even and Laura Manning took 72nd. Dorothy Wang and Elli Newman finished back to back in 82nd and 83rd.

For Lake Oswego, Shea Vallaire finished in 45th in her first state meet, equally her time at the district meet. Anna Peaslee wasn't far behind in 57th in what was the final cross country meet for both Lakers.

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