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OC thinclads break records, place high
Forbito ups her school record in the javelin
EUGENE - Oregon City didn't have a state champion at last weekend's Class 6A State Track and Field Meet.
But the Pioneers had athletes place in seven events and two Oregon City records fell by the wayside.
Oregon City sophomore Beau Brosseau broke Andy Rondema's year-old class record in the javelin, launching the spear 177-5 and placing seventh.
And Oregon City senior Tiffany Forbito improved on her week-old school record in the javelin by nearly two feet with an effort of 142-6. Forbito placed fifth in the state with the record throw.
Oregon City seniors Greg Skipper and Kody Kozak were Oregon City's top scorers at state.
Skipper closed out his senior year placing in the top three in two weight events. Skipper was runner-up to Barlow standout Ryan Crouser (179-1) with a toss of 165-9 in the discus, and he placed third in the shot put with a near PR of 56-9-3/4 - finishing back of Crouser (65-7-/2) and Thurston senior Javan Gray (57-1).
After a disappointing sixth-place finish in the high jump (6-2), Kozak battled back with exceptional performances in the intermediate hurdles (39.67) and 4x400-meter relay.
Kozak placed third in the hurdles, recording lifetime bests in both the preliminaries and finals. And he anchored Oregon City's long relay team to a season's best time of 3:25.49, and sixth place.
'To set those lifetime PR's in the hurdles and edge out Clackamas in the relay and avenge Clackamas beating us in the relay at district were victories in themselves,' said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson.
Thygeson said of Skipper, who has committed to the University of Oregon as a hammer thrower: 'Greg has had a tremendous career at Oregon City - school record-holder in the shot put and No. 2 all-time in the discus. He'll be impossible to replace.'
Oregon City also got a standout performance from senior Kylee Cook in the 400-meter dash. Cook fell just short of making the finals, but she clocked a lifetime best of 58.90 in the preliminaries, putting her No. 2 all-time at Oregon City - trailing only Teri Hines (58.2, 1989).
Clackamas senior Jordan Bergstrom had a big state meet, placing in all four of his events.
Bergstrom placed second in the 400 (48.24) and fourth in the 200 (21.91); and he anchored Clackamas's 400-meter relay team to third place (42.60), and the Cavaliers' 1,600-meter relay team to seventh place (3:26.42).
Clackamas had three other athletes place. Sophomore Max Jette placed fifth in the boys high jump (6-3), senior Dominic Manyrath placed eighth in the boys long jump (20-10-3/4), and senior Jessica Davis equaled her PR and placed eighth in the girls high jump (5-3).
Oregon City's and Clackamas' teams placed ninth and 10th respectively in the boys team scoring. Sunset boys edged Roseburg, 58-55, for the state team title.
Jesuit (96 points) outclassed the field for the Class 6A girls team title, doubling the score of the runner-up team from Gresham.
Lakeridge girls fared best of Three Rivers League teams, placing eighth.