OC team scores All-American

Oregon City-based coach leads junior from Clackamas to strong finish
by: Submitted photo Royal Black (from left) Timmy Johnson and Max Jette

WITCHITA, KAN. - Max Jette, who will be a junior at Clackamas High School, placed fifth in the decathlon last week at the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships.

Jette racked up 5,827 points at the USATF event for a personal record.

His teammates from the Willamette Striders Track Club in Oregon City were Timmy Johnson, who took sixth place with 5,788 points and Royal Black taking in seventh place with 5,752 points. Johnson will be a sophomore at Canby High School, and Black will be a junior at Southridge High School in Beaverton. The top eight places are considered All-American by USATF.

Max Jette said it was a combination of adrenaline and techniques stressed by coach Dave Lemen that allowed him to score personal records in five events while the Kansas temperatures hovered between 106 and 111 degrees. Lemen is a private coach who teaches in Oregon City.

'The big parts of it were staying relaxed in the hot weather, staying focused and being able to enjoy the moment,' Jette said.

Jette said he most impressed of his teammates both clearing 12-foot-6 in the pole vault, where he cleared 12 feet.

Jette's personal records included a 5.95-meter long jump, 55.47 seconds in the 400-meter dash, 12.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash and a 33.07-meter discus toss. Of his own personal records, he was most proud of 16.3 seconds in the 110-yard hurdles, where he has struggled previously but has worked especially hard.