The Cavaliers rule on the track, as they drop the Pioneers in a key TRL dual showdown
by: Matthew Ginn, Micah Strong of Clackamas and teammate Alex Gavin, far right, placed first and second in the 100 in last week's dual meet with Oregon City.

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas was dominant on the track in last week's Three Rivers League boys track and field meet with Oregon City, a meet that was billed as a contest between the TRL's top two dual-meet teams.

The Cavaliers won every individual running event except the 800 meters, and they had at least two placers in every running event, as they rolled to an 89-56 victory.

'I was happy with the way our kids competed,' said Clackamas coach Ford Morishita. 'It wasn't that Oregon City didn't have some good marks. They did. It was just that, from the very first of the meet, our kids came out and competed really, really hard.'

The Cavaliers had two double winners. Senior Micah Strong headed one-two Cavalier finishes in the 100 and 200, with efforts of 11.3 and 22.7.

And Clackamas junior David Marcus was the pace-setter in both hurdles races. Marcus led a Cavalier sweep of the intermediate hurdles (41.3) and he headed a one-two finish in the high hurdles, with a 15.3 clocking.

'I was very happy for Marcus,' said Morishita. 'It was his first meet this year because of a pulled hamstring, and he ran really well. He even beat [Clackamas senior Greg] Inahara.'

Inahara (41.7) and junior Kyle Shea (43.3) placed two-three in the intermediates, crossing the finish line in front of Oregon City sophomore standout Trevor Ferguson.

Also winning for the Cavaliers on the track were junior Gabe Garza in the 400 (51.6), senior Zachary Marx in the 1,500 (4:09.1) and senior Montana Brown in the 3,000 (10:17.4).

Marx out-kicked Oregon City senior Jacob Goertz (4:11.8) in the 1,500 meters.

'When Zach beat Jake it gave us a spiritual lift, because Goertz is one of the best distance runners in the league,' said Morishita.

Goertz' time was a lifetime best in his runner-up finish.

Brown led a Cavalier sweep of the 3,000. Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson said he held Goertz out of the 3,000 because the meet was already decided and he was resting Goertz for another meet.

The Cavaliers pulled off a couple of upsets in the field events, which are a strength for Oregon City.

Inahara (20-10-1/2) won a heated battle with Pioneer sophomores Trevor (20-6-1/4) and Tyler Ferguson (20-1-1/4) in the long jump.

'It was one of the early events and it helped set the tone for the rest of the meet,' said Morishita.

And the Cavaliers had a surprise winner in the shot put, where junior Cyrus Jones edged out Oregon City junior Blake Verhaalen with a heave of 40-4, to win by three inches.

Jones is a first-year competitor in track and field.

Thygeson commented on the Pioneer loss:

'Our kids have nothing to be ashamed of. Every kid gave it everything they had in every event.

'We had 17 PR's on varsity, and most of those were lifetime PR's.'

The Pioneers fared best in the triple jump, where senior Derek Hinkle (41-3) led an Oregon City sweep. Trevor (40-7) and Tyler Ferguson (39-9-1/2) gave the Pioneers three jumpers around 40 feet.

'Derek was a foot behind the board on all three of his jumps, so he's right around 42 feet,' said Thygeson.

Hinkle also cleared 6-0 for first place in the high jump.

Tyler Ferguson (168-8) got the best of Clackamas senior Daniel Hallock (166-8) in the javelin, winning on his last throw. It was a lifetime best by 7-1/2 feet for Ferguson.

Oregon City senior Aaron Bates came through with a 13-foot PR of 116-6 to win the discus by five feet.

Oregon City junior Jared Hippler continued the class of the field in the pole vault, clearing 14-6. Jared's older brother Jake missed the meet because of an ankle injury, but he is expected to return to action this week.

Oregon City junior Alex Seigal (2:02.1) broke into the Cavaliers' rule on the track, out-kicking Clackamas sophomore John Paden (2:03.5) for a victory in the 800 meters.

Clackamas (2-0) has a home meet with West Linn this afternoon. Oregon City (1-1) entertains Milwaukie (1-1) on Thursday.

Oregon City hosts the 14-team Willamette Invitational beginning at noon on Saturday.

Among the teams invited are Heritage, Mountain View and Union of Vancouver; Hood River, Cleveland, Corvallis, Hermiston, Liberty, Marshfield, Pendleton, Woodburn, Estacada and Westside Christian.

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