Multiple district place-winners return for the Lake Oswego boys and girls teams

The Lake Oswego track team has strong numbers again and features some of the top talent in the league this season.

The Laker boys team has a handful of returning district place-winners mixed in with a crop of young, new faces that should make the squad formidable this year.

The Lakers are particularly strong and deep in the sprints with Eric and David Soo returning and Yong Kim primed for a potential breakout season.

“He's a guy who could really turn a lot of heads this year,” coach Eric Lider said.

That depth should also give Lake Oswego some very strong relay teams.

“I think our sprint corps is probably where we're strongest this year at least in terms of numbers,” Lider said.

Kyle Gazzigli is back in the 400 as well as two of the top hurdlers in the league.

Alex Tymchenko is a returning district champion and Connor Bracken should also compete for a berth at state this year.

Freshman Rocky Martin has also made noise for the team early in the season in both the 200 and the 400.

The team also returns high jumper Mason Collett, who posted a top-five finish at state last year. Dane Jones has also been strong in the high jump early in the season.

Lake Oswego is solid in the distance events as well led by Phil Kearns and Matt Agritelley although the team's top distance runner, Todd Macdonald, is still suffering from a foot injury he sustained late in the cross country season last fall.

In the throwing events, football linemen Noah and Kyle Peterson are both out for track for the first time and have been strong in the discus and shot put as well as Michael Di Re.

In the jumps, the Lakers lack experience but Charlie Callen has been an early bright spot.

“With what we have combing back, I'd think we'll be pretty competitive this year,” Lider said.

For the girls, Lake Oswego returns Riley Hatfield, who qualified for state in the 100 last year as a freshman.

The Lakers also have a very strong returning hurdler in Mitra LeBuhn.

Lake Oswego's distance crew, led by Shea Vallaire and Becca Miles should also rack up points in meets this season.

Erika Treske has had a strong start to the season in more than a handful of events. Treske is perhaps the team's most versatile athlete, competing in everything from the hurdles and pole vault to the long jump and shot put.

“We'll move her around a bit this year. She does a lot of heptathlon events for us,” Lider said.

Emily Prasil will specialize in the long jump and triple jump this year and the Lakers also feature a pair of talented pole vaulters in Anna Peaslee and Marissa Taylor.

A freshman could also be a highlight for the team this year in Samarra Watson, who focuses on the middle distance events.

“There's not quite as much experience coming back on the girls side but it's a great group of kids and fun to coach,” Lider said.

Lake Oswego's next event will be the Laker Classic at home this Friday.

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