Local trio capture regional JO titles
Scheible, Trimble and Duncan are winners
SPOKANE, Wash. - The local area had three champions and four runners-up at the USA Track and Field Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships, held here July 7-10.
Mustang Track Club athletes Ben Scheible, Lily Trimble and Claire Duncan all won age-division titles.
Milwaukie 10-year-old Ben Scheible did himself proud, winning the Bantam (ages 9-10) boys high jump, earning runner-up honors with 411 points in the triathlon, and placing in the top six in the javelin.
Scheible had marks of 3-11-1/4 in the high jump, 18-3 in the shot put and 1:22.56 in the 400 meters.
Nine-year-old Lily Trimble of Oregon City turned a few heads when she cleared 3-7-1/3 for first place in the Bantam girls high jump, competing with girls who were a year older.
Nine-year-old Claire Duncan continued to show potential in the race-walk, where she set the pace in the Bantam girls 1,500-meter event, at 12:39.14.
Sixteen-year-old Max Jette of Clackamas did himself proud, finishing second only to Willamette Striders Track Club teammate Royal Black (5,909 points) in the Intermediate Boys decathlon. Jette scored 5,664 points, improving upon his score from the recent Junior Olympic state meet by nearly 300 points.
Black had set a new state record of 5,650 in winning the state Junior Olympic meet just two weeks earlier.
Jette set new personal records in seven of the 10 decathlon events at the regional meet: 12.34 in 100-meter dash, 55.88 in the 400, 4:57.59 in the 1,500, 19-2-1/2 in the long jump, 36-9 in the shot put, 104-2 in the discus and 149-0 in the javelin.
Jette also cleared 6-1 in the high jump and 12-0 in the pole vault, and he recorded a 17.09 clocking in the high hurdles.
Jette's marks in the shot put, discus, high jump and pole vault were the best or equal to the best of the Intermediate decathlon competition.
Jette also placed third in the open high jump for his age division.
Willamette Striders Track Club had another runner-up in Brita Kintz of Gladstone, who cleared 10-9 to finish second in the Young Women's pole vault. Kintz tied for first in regulation jumps, but lost in a jump-off when the athlete she tied with cleared 11-0.
Milwaukie High School graduate Kaitlin Doyle was busy, earning second place in the Young Women's discus (123-4-1/3), fourth in the shot put (36-11-1/3) and eighth in the javelin (108-8-3/4).
Gladstone 7-year-old Deshanae Norman, competing for the Mustang Track Club, earned fourth place in the Sub-Bantam (ages 7-8) 400-meter dash, completing the race in 1:21.77.
Milwaukie 14-year-old Jon Snyder was tough in the Intermediate Boys long jump, soaring a personal record 20-0-1/2 for seventh place.
'Jon had a jump of 21-4 where he scratched by an inch,' said Mustang Track Club coach Fred Crowe. 'We know he's got it in him now.'
Crowe added, 'I was real proud of the kids. Considering the magnitude of the meet, the kids handled themselves real well. Most of the kids did what they could do. It was fun!'
The top six placers at the regional competition are eligible to take part in the Junior Olympic National Championships, which run July 26-31 at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.