Clackamas guys close on undefeated season
The Cavaliers improve to 5-0 with an easy win at Lake Oswego
LAKE OSWEGO - Clackamas last week moved a win away from its first undefeated season in boys track and field in over two decades.
With a 94-50 dual win over Lake Oswego on a stormy day at Lake Oswego, the Cavaliers improved to 5-0 in Three Rivers League boys track and field dual meets. The Cavaliers host Putnam (3-1) this afternoon in their one remaining league dual.
Putnam dropped a close meet with Oregon City (4-1) last week at Oregon City.
'Next week we go against Putnam and they've got a lot of good athletes,' Clackamas coach Ford Morishita said, following the win at Lake Oswego. 'It's going to be a tough meet.'
Morishita said he's got some key athletes who are banged up and if they are unable to compete in the dual with Putnam, it could make the meet an even bigger challenge for his Cavaliers.
Both Morishita and Lake Oswego coach Eric Lider rested several athletes last Wednesday, as the Cavaliers battled the elements more than they did the Lakers.
'Today was truly a day just to try and stay healthy,' said Morishita. 'I had some guys dinged up with little things - hamstrings and muscles that were getting a little tight. It was our third meet in a week and rather than risk kids getting injured, I pulled them out. Lake Oswego did the same.'
Morishita said that the cold, wet, and windy weather wasn't conducive to great marks.
Still the outcome of the meet was never in doubt.
The Cavaliers piled up points in the distances, where they out-scored the Lakers 26-1.
Clackamas also swept the long jump and pole vault.
Clackamas got off to a great start on the track, where the relay team of Micah Strong, Gabe Garza, Alex Galvan and Kyle Shea turned in a season's best of 44.5, completing the race three tenths of a second faster than the Lakers.
The Cavalier distance crew of Keven Watson, John Paden and Cody Visscher crossed the finish line together in a three-way tie for first place in the 800 meters (2:14.4).
Senior Grant Eldridge (4:17.2), Paden and Zach Marx went one-two-three in the 1,500; freshman Micah Bishop (11:05.8) and senior Jeff Hoffman (11:10.0) finished one-two in the 3,000.
Kyle Salgado (13-0), Watson (12-0) and Jake Gerritson (10-0) swept the pole vault.
Greg Inahara (19-8-1/4), Galvan (19-3) and Jordan Crocket (17-8) swept the long jump.
Other Cavalier winners included: Inahara in the high jump (5-6), Garza in the 200 meters (23.7), Colin Nutting in the javelin (135-8), Billy Wheeler in the discus (114-1) and Clackamas' 1,600-meter relay team (3:45.0).