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Jette inks with Sacramento State


But hes got some unfinished business at Clackamas

by: JOHN DENNY - Clackamas senior Max JetteClackamas High School athletic standout Max Jette has signed a national letter of intent to join the track and field program at Sacramento State University, a NCAA Division I school that competes in the Big Sky Conference.

Jette says he turned down a near-full-ride scholarship offer from Lipscomb University, a Division I school in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Sacramento State is closer to home,” Jette said. “That was a big deal for me and my family. And I like the coaches and the academics. It’s a good fit for what I want to do in college.”

A 3.97 student at Clackamas, Jette said he plans to major in health sciences, with a goal of going into physical therapy or sports medicine.

Jette says he’s been recruited to compete in the decathlon, and he’s looking forward to competing in the multi-events at the collegiate level, but he’s still got some unfinished business at Clackamas.

“Coach [Jeff Kelleher] spoke with Connor [Clackamas junior standout Connor McLean] and me and said he has big plans for our team — a district championship, and maybe a [team] trophy at state....

“I’d like to go to state in four events and, hopefully, place in the top eight in all four.”

Jette cleared 6-6 in the high jump in the first meet of the 2012 season, but missed the remainder of the season because of an injury.

Jette has credentials in the decathlon. In the summer of 2011, he placed fifth in his age division in the decathlon at the Junior Olympic National Championship Meet.

He cleared 6-4 in the high jump and a personal best 13-6 in the pole vault, and he ran the high hurdles in a personal best of 15.58 at last week’s first meet of the 2013 season.

Jette cleared 6-3 in the high jump and placed fifth at the state high school meet as a sophomore.

Jette also excelled in soccer at Clackamas, starting on defense for a Cavalier boys team that went 16-2-1 last fall, advancing to the state semifinals for only the third time in school history.