Lakeridges Ashlay Ruddick wins the state slalom title

The Lake Oswego girls ski team claimed a top-three finish at the state competition for the second year in a row at Mt. Hood Meadows last week. Lakeridge's Ashlay Ruddick took home the individual state title in the slalom at last weekend's state championships at Mt. Hood Meadows.

Ruddick won the event by a little more than a second and helped the Pacers' team take second in the event. Lakeridge would take third in the giant slalom and would finish second overall behind West Linn.

Will Johnson took sixth place for the Pacers in the slalom as well.

In the giant slalom, Ruddick took ninth, Jack Benziger finished in 17th and Johnson took 25th.

For the Lakeridge girls, Maddie Lawhead took 10th in the slalom and 19th in the giant slalom.

In the combined standings, Lakeridge finished in fourth place.

For the second year in a row, the Lake Oswego girls took third place in state in the overall standings to cap its season.

In the girls slalom, Sarah Tucker captured ninth place, followed by teammates Graeson Fish in 16th and Anna Pieringer in 28th. Their top three combined times gave the Laker girls team a third-place overall finish in slalom.

In the girls giant slalom, Fish captured a podium place in 10th, followed by Pieringer in 16th, Tucker in 24th and Claire Carter in 53rd. Their top three combined times gave the Laker girls a third place overall finish in the event.

In boys slalom, Laker Alex Krenek placed 23rd, Travis Toal 25th, Drew Pieringer 35th, Jaques DeBar 57th and Nick McClurg 71st. Riverdale racer Sam Schenk placed 17th.

In the boys giant slalom, Toal took 22nd, Pieringer 37th and DeBar 58th. Schenk placed 35th followed by Ben Fuller in 38th.

Additional awards included Fish placing ninth in combined girls overall and Schenk winning the “move up award” for boys.

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