The Lions score in both relays and Boucher takes sixth in the 400

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - West Linn's Isabella Reichner takes off after receiving the baton for the third leg of West Linn's 4x400 relay at the state track meet.The West Linn girls track team finished up the season by placing in three events at the state meet in Eugene and picking up a total of nine points.

The Lions qualified both of their relay teams while Cara Boucher and Juliana Guthner each qualified in the 400 meters.

Leading off the meet, West Linn's 4x100 relay team of Guthner, Boucher, Isabella Reichner and Madison Leek ran its best time of the season, finishing in seventh place, edging out Southridge in a time of 48.86 seconds.

In the 400, Guthner just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing in a time of 59.43 in the prelims and taking 10th place.

Boucher made the finals where she was seeded sixth. On Saturday, running from the difficult lane 7 and finished sixth in 58.03, narrowly beating her career best time.

“I wanted to go out a little faster than I normally do and just build as much of a lead as I could,” Boucher said.

In the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay, West Linn entered with the second-fastest time. The race proved to be hugely important to multiple teams who were vying for trophies and was extremely quick.

West Linn was at the front of the pack for the entirety of the race and Reichner took the lead early in the third leg.

In a very close finish, West Linn would top its previous best time and cross the line in 3:53.64, good enough for fifth place.

The Lions will lose two of their top sprinters in Boucher and Leek but return Reichner and Guthner and a strong contingent of young sprinters next year.

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