The Cavaliers take advantage of their depth to turn what was expected to be a close meet into a runaway
LAKE OSWEGO - Clackamas' girls track and field team used depth to bounce Lake Oswego 84-47 on April 23, as the Cavaliers moved within a heartbeat of claiming their third consecutive undisputed Three Rivers League dual meet crown.
The Lakers won first place in eight of the 16 events contested. But the Cavaliers claimed a lot more second and thirds, and they turned what was expected to be a close meet into a runaway.
The win put the Cavaliers at 5-0 on the league season heading into this afternoon's league dual final with Putnam (1-3). It was the first league dual loss of the season for the Lakers (3-1).
Should the Cavaliers top the Kingsmen they'll complete their third consecutive undefeated TRL dual meet season, and their fourth undefeated season in the last five.
'We're young, but they've really gelled as a team,' said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. 'We know district's going to be tough, but hopefully we can hang in there and win it. The girls are ready.'
It was certainly a team effort at Lake Oswego. Clackamas had at least two place winners in 12 of the 15 individual events and the Cavaliers swept the high jump.
Despite the cool, blustery, showery weather, the Cavaliers even had some personal record performances.
Kate Jette, the Cavalier distance runner-turned hurdler, pushed herself to career-best winning times of 16.7 and 49.8 despite finishing into a strong headwind. The times rank her second in the TRL in both the high hurdles and low hurdles.
'We've known all along that Kate had the ability and skill in the hurdles,' said Kelleher. 'She's been working really hard. What's really nice is [Clackamas High grad] Emma Ward is in the building as a student teacher and she's taken over coaching our hurdlers.'
Competing before the weather turned stormy, Clackamas throws specialists Aubrie Bass (114-3) and Jessica Bell (107-9) both came through with exceptional marks to finish one-two in the discus. Bass's winning mark ranks her No. 1 in the league and sixth in the state. Bell's mark is second only to Bass in the TRL.
Bass (31-10) and Bell (31-6-1/2) were also tough in the shot put. Bass won a heated competition with Lake Oswego senior Shannon Reader, edging out Reader by an inch for first place.
Clackamas senior Meryl Butcher (1:03.7) and Cavalier freshman Shannon Petrina (1:04.1) went one-two in the 400 meters. It was a lifetime best for Petrina, who is relatively new to the event. Butcher turned in a lifetime best mark of 27.8 to score a point in the 200.
The Cavaliers gave the Lakers a run for their money in the 400-meter relay, finishing a close second in a season's best of 51.8.
'It was our best time of the year and that was with bad handoffs,' said Kelleher.
Freshman Cassy Bieker (4-10) led the sweep of the high jump.
Cavalier junior Caitlyn O'Neill won handily in both the long jump (15-9-1/2) and triple jump (32-10-1/2) despite jumping into a strong headwind.
Cavalier junior Andrea Dittmer set the pace in the 800 (2:26.8), where she crossed the finish line nearly three seconds in front of Lake Oswego senior Lauren Ohlson.