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The Pacers' efforts at Meriwether are led by seniors Mathew Ragsdale and Aidan Strealy

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge senior Mathew Ragsdale (right) powers down the home stretch to finish 27th at the Meriwether Classic on Friday, Sept. 20, in Hillsboro.The field was bigger than ever, the course was faster than ever and the weather was better than ever.

In response, the Lakeridge boys cross country team stepped up with some big-time performances at the Meriwether Cross Country Classic at Meriwether National Golf Course in Hillsboro on Friday, Sept. 20.

The Pacers, led by senior Mathew Ragsdale's 27th-place finish and a 32nd from senior Aidan Strealy, helped Lakeridge run to fifth place overall with 239 points. Jesuit won the meet with 35 points while Sheldon was second at 108.

Among the other Three Rivers League teams in the field, Tualatin took fourth at 211, West Linn was 13th with 412 points and Tigard took 18th at 493.

"The team enjoyed competing at Meriwether very much," said Lakeridge coach Scott Spear. "The large number of athletes really helped pull the team over the entire course."

The day's top five individual finishers included Parkrose's Ahmed Ibrahim (first at 15 minutes, 5 seconds), Forest Grove's Quincy Norman (second at 15:06.30), Jesuit's Ryan Schumacher (third at 15:33.70), Jesuit's Sam Curran (fourth at 15:35.20) and Tualatin's Andrew Payton fifth at 15:41.70, but Lakeridge's best weren't far behind.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge senior Aidan Strealy races toward the finish line on his way to finishing 32nd at the Meriwether Classic in Hillsboro on Friday, Sept. 20.

Ragsdale led the Pacers' efforts by racing to 27th place with a personal-best finishing time of 16 minutes, 30.40 seconds, while Strealy was close behind in 32nd with a mark of 16:36.40.

"The boys found having a good number of people directly in front of them made the racing easier," Spear added. "They were proud of how they ran more complete races this week."

The rest of the Pacers in the field on Friday included: senior Paul Corso (57th at 17:03.60), sophomore Wilson Godfrey (62nd at 17:08.50), sophomore Cooper Wood (67th at 17:12.00), freshman Aiden Bradley (88th at 17:25.60) and junior Luke Langer (114th at 17:39.30).

The complete team scoring was: Jesuit 35, Sheldon 108, Westview 197, Tualatin 211, Lakeridge 239, Forest Grove 305, Newberg 310, Aloha 317, Columbia River 319, St. Stephen's Academy 347, Marist 384, Parkrose 410, West Linn 412, West Salem 416, Union 417, Skyview 447, Iolani 463, Tigard 493, Sprague 508, Silverton 572, Southridge 577, South Albany 603, Catlin Gabel 637, Sherwood 684, Reynolds 684, Liberty 713, McNary 739, Westside Christian 762, Heritage 806, Glencoe 827, Trinity Academy 859, Seton Catholic 901, Valley Catholic 903, Century 916, Beaverton 955, Hillsboro 1,034, North Salem 1,040, Milwaukie 1,044, McKay 1,067, North Marion 1,230.

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