Clackamas thinclads improve to 4-0

The Cavalier boys and girls make quick-work of Lakeridge

LAKE OSWEGO - Clackamas High thinclads had it in cruise control, as they breezed to dual wins over Lakeridge in Three Rivers League boys and girls track and field on April 16.

Both teams improved to 4-0 on the league season, as the boys bounced the Pacers 103-41, and the girls prevailed 93-52.

'We didn't double up a lot because we had kids who were going to compete at Westview [on April 18],' said Clackamas girls coach Jeff Kelleher. 'We just did what we needed to do to make sure we would come out with the win.'

'They're a little down,' said Clackamas boys coach Ford Morishita. 'Lakeridge had some guys out hurt. But our guys did a good job of competing.'

Kelleher's Cavaliers overwhelmed the Pacers, earning at least a share of first place in 10 of the 15 individual events, and fielding at least two placers in every individual event except the javelin. And the Cavaliers' 10 individual winners were 10 different athletes.

Senior Ashley Aronson cleared 8-6 to lead a Cavalier sweep of the pole vault.

Sophomore Megan Sachet and junior Caitlyn O'Neill were tough in the horizontal jumps. Sachet and O'Neill both soared 16 feet to finish one-two respectively in the long jump, and O'Neil outclassed the field with an effort of 34-1 in the triple jump.

Clackamas senior Lilly Schoenheit cleared 5-0 to tie Lakeridge's Lexie Ross for first place in the high jump.

Clackamas senior Aubrie Bass won the discus going away in a season's best of 108-10.

Clackamas sophomore Kate Jette continued to make waves in the hurdles, winning the low hurdles in 50.4 and placing second in the high hurdles with a speedy 16.7 clocking.

Clackamas freshman sprint sensation Shannon Petrina continued tough, running away from the field in the 200 (27.4) and placing second in the 100 (13.6). It was the first time she had competed in the 100.

Senior Meryl Butcher (2:33.7) set the pace in the 800 and junior Andrea Dittmer (5:21.7) set the pace in the 1,500.

Clackamas' 400-meter relay team of Monica Strous, O'Neill, Petrina and Sachet turned in a season's best of 51.7 to win that event.

Although the Cavaliers didn't double up a lot, the meet would have been closer had the Pacers had Samantha Berryman. Berryman, who is one of the state's premier hurdlers and jumpers, sat out the meet nursing a pulled hamstring.

Clackamas boys had little competition at Lakeridge. They had winners in 13 of the 15 individual events and they outscored the Pacers 25-2 in the sprints, sweeping the 200 meters.

The Cavaliers had two double winners, junior Alex Galvan in the 100 (11.7) and long jump (19-2), and senior Greg Inahara in the intermediate hurdles (42.0) and high jump (5-10).

Senior Kyle Salgado cleared 14-0 for the first time in competition to win the pole vault.

Senior Micah Strong (22.9) and junior Gabe Garza (23.2) led a Cavalier sweep of the 200.

Other Cavalier winners included: David Craig in the 400 (54.9), Cody Visscher in the 800 (2:04.5), Jon Paden in the 3,000 (9:20.3), Kyle Shea in the high hurdles (16.0), Cyrus Jones in the shot put (42-10-1/2), Colin Nutting in the javelin (140-5) and Jake Gerritson in the triple jump (36-11).

Clackamas' 400-meter relay team of Strong, Garza, Galvan and Shea won that event in a season's best of 43.9.

The Cavaliers conclude the league season with meets at Lake Oswego this afternoon and at home with Putnam next Wednesday. Lake Oswego girls entered today's meet with a 3-0 record; Putnam boys were 3-0 heading into this afternoon's meet at Oregon City (3-1).

'Lake Oswego, that's going to decide it right there,' said Kelleher. 'We're both undefeated in league, and there are several events where we're equally competitive.'

Kelleher said that the 100, 200, 400, 800 and relays could be very competitive races between the Lakers and his Cavaliers.