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Pacers off to fast start

The Lakeridge cross-country teams have reloaded and figure to be major players in the Three Rivers League again this year. The Pacer boys have plenty of speed and experience and should challenge for the league title while the girls have an influx of young talent.

The teams started the season on a high note at the Nike Ultimook Race in Tillamook last weekend.

The Pacer boys finished in a strong third place and were the top Three Rivers League team in the competition, ahead of West Linn in fourth.

Lakeridge was led by senior Matt Lautze, who took third place individually in a time of 17:34.3, less than 20 seconds behind the medalist in the race.

Senior Alex Harbert was close behind, taking sixth place individually with a time of 17:54.3.

Lakeridge had three runners in the top-10 as junior Jack Chapman crossed the finish line in ninth place with a time of 18:05.

The Pacers will be anchored by experience this year and could be a very dangerous and formidable team if its younger runners progress and narrow the gap.

A pair of strong freshmen rounded out Lakeridge’s top-five at last week’s event. Aidan Strealy took 31st in 19 minutes even while Paul Croso was 34th in 19:24.

The Lakeridge girls finished in the middle of the field, taking seventh place, just ahead of Lake Oswego.

The Pacers have depth this year as sophomore Lilly Bar was the team’s top finisher in 28th place in a time of 23:10.1.

Senior Maj Wehrmeister was next, taking 39th in a time of 23:47.3.

Two more sophomores were right behind as Abbi Outcalt and Cleo Cowie finished just a few seconds apart in 42nd and 43rd respectively.

The Lake Oswego girls were eighth in the race with Grace David taking fourth individually in just under 21 minutes.

Dulcie Jones finished in 32nd in 23:32.4 while Emily Van Orman also cracked the top-50.

Freshman Marcus Jones was Lake Oswego’s top finisher in the boys race, taking 17th in a time of 18:29.3 while Eric Sasadeusz was 36th.

Lakeridge will run in the Tualatin Invite this weekend and both teams will gear up for their first dual meets Wednesday, Sept. 14.