Clackamas girls leap past OC

The Cavaliers are dominant in the jumps en route to an 89-56 dual win

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High thinclads rallied around their strength in the jumping events to drop Oregon City 89-56 in a Three Rivers League girls track and field meet held here April 2.

The Cavaliers swept the long jump and triple jump, and they placed one-two in the high jump.

The Pioneers got some points back with a sweep of the javelin. But the defending TRL champion Cavaliers came through with winners in 10 of the 15 individual events to put the meet away.

'The kids just came through everywhere,' said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. 'They competed hard.

'We're building a tradition. They don't want to lose a dual meet, especially if it's at home. And they've demonstrated they'll do whatever it takes to win, even if it means trying a new event.'

Junior Andrea Dittmer and sophomore Megan Sachet were double winners for Clackamas.

Dittmer got the job done in the middle distances, winning the 800 in 2:35.8 and the 1,500 in 5:16.9. Dittmer nosed out Oregon City junior Hannah Groshong (5:17.2) in the 1,500. It was an 8-second PR for Groshong.

Sachet came through with wins in the 100 (13.1) and long jump (15-6-1/4). It was the first time Sachet had competed in the long jump and she finished in front of Clackamas standout leaper Caitlyn O'Neil (14-9), who was just returning to action after recuperating from an injury.

Sachet (13.01) got the best of Oregon City sophomore Sarah Doble (13.05) in the 100, winning by five one hundredths of a second.

Clackamas freshman Shannon Petrina made some waves in the 200 (27.5), where she crossed the finish line four tenths of a second in front of Doble.

The Cavaliers won another close sprint race in the 400. Sophomore Meg Gilbertson (1:03.2) set the pace in that event, defeating Oregon City freshman Kylee Cook by six tenths of a second.

Clackamas sophomore Kate Jette, a distance runner-turned-hurdler, set the pace in the high hurdles (16.9) and finished runner-up in the low hurdles (50.1). It was only the second time she had run the lows.

The Cavaliers were tough in the discus, where junior Jessica Bell (107-2) and senior Aubrie Bass (107-0) placed one-two.

O'Neill (31-4-1/2) led the Cavalier sweep of the triple jump, finishing just in front of teammate Lilly Schoenheit (31-2-1/4).

Schoenheit also cleared 5-0 to head the field in the high jump.

Oregon City winners included: sophomore Anna Humphreys in the pole vault (9-0), juniors Amanda Nuss in the 3,000 (12:39.5) and Emily Dent in the low hurdles (49.1), senior Justine Belliveau in the javelin (119-5) and shot put (34-10), and the Pioneer 1,600-meter relay team (4:25.6).

'The girls gave it their best,' said Oregon City coach Kristin Mull. 'We had a ton of PR's.'

It was Humphrey's first time over nine feet in competition in the pole vault.

Belliveau's mark in the javelin was a 12-foot PR, and it ranks her among the top 10 in the state in that event.

The Pioneers had three athletes over 100 feet in the javelin. Michelle Powell (101-10) and Sarah Thompson (100-2) placed second and third behind Belliveau.

'We've got a lot of young kids and they're going to keep getting better,' said Mull. 'It will be interesting to see what happens when we see Clackamas again in another month and a half [at the district meet].'

Clackamas (2-0) hosts West Linn (0-1) this afternoon; Oregon City (1-1) entertains Milwaukie (0-2) on Thursday.