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Clackamas track is on the upswing

McLean ups his record in the pole vault and Clackamas girls go 3-0 in league


Last week was a good week for Clackamas High School track and field, as the Cavaliers swept West Linn in a Three Rivers League dual meet, and they came through with some impressive individual performances at a weekend invitational hosted by Westview.

Clackamas junior Connor McLean made some waves at Westview, clearing a state’s best and personal best of 15-1 to outclass the field in the boys pole vault. The 15-1 vault broke McLean’s month-old school record in the event by an inch.

McLean also headed the eight-team field with an effort of 15.45 in the high hurdles, and he finished a close second to Sheldon junior Tyus Kuykendall (40.86) with a lifetime best clocking of 40.98 in the intermediates.

Clackamas senior Max Jette (6-0) and McLean (5-10) went one-two in the high jump at Westview, and Jette (13-0) was second only to McLean in the pole vault.

Clackamas girls were tough in the 4x400-meter relay, where the team of Caroline Combs, Alli Dickey, Yasmeen Ramos and Zeena Nwokoma ran a season’s best of 4:07.64 to finish second to Grant (4:01.82). The time is the seventh fastest in 6A this season.

Clackamas junior Savannah Warner earned runner-up honors in both the girls javelin and high jump.

Clackamas girls last week upped their Three Rivers League record to 3-0 with a 96-49 trouncing of West Linn.

Clackamas girls were especially tough in the field events, where they outscored the Lions 53-10, sweeping the shot put, discus and triple jump. They won every field event except the long jump.

Eight different Clackamas athletes teamed up to win no fewer than 10 individual events; and the Cavaliers upped their stock in the 4x400-meter relay, where they pushed themselves to a 4:10.36 clocking, a season’s best mark at the time.

Clackamas junior Maddy Visscher had a great meet, clearing a career-best 9-3 for a runaway win in the pole vault, and leading the sweep of the triple jump with a leap of 31-9-3/4.

Freshman Angela Arrington (27-4-1/4) led the sweep in the shot put and sophomore Jordyn Batemen (70-7) led the sweep in the javelin.

The Cavaliers were tough in the hurdles. Sophomore Melissa Carson (17.37) and senior Hannah Stultz (17.47) went one-two in the high hurdles; and Stultz (50.28) and Carson (51.79) went one-two respectively in the low hurdles.

Warner was a double winner, clearing 4-8 in the high jump and outclassing the field with a throw of 108-1 in the javelin. The javelin is a new sport for Warner and she had only been practicing the event for a week.

Sophomores Caroline Combs and Chloe Clegg were also winners for Clackamas, Combs setting the pace in the 200 (26.91), and Clegg setting the pace in the 1,500 (5:18.62).

Clackamas boys also had a good day on April 10, putting their first league meet in the win column with a 78-67 victory over West Linn.

Clackamas guys made up for West Linn’s domination on the track with their strength in the field events and in the hurdles.

The Cavaliers continued to prove that they have possibly the strongest program in the state in the hurdles.

Jette (15.57) and McLean (15.87) went one-two respectively in the high hurdles; and McLean (41.03) and Clackamas senior Jesse Debord (45.62) went one-two in the intermediates.

Jette’s mark in the high hurdles was a personal record and it ranks him in the top 10 in the state in that event; McLean’s mark in the intermediate hurdles was also a lifetime best.

Jette also continued tough in the high jump, clearing 6-2 for an easy win.

And Clackamas seniors Austin Insisiengmay (124-5), Justin Hesselegesser (122-6) and Jette (118-9) swept the discus.

Other winners for Clackamas boys included: seniors Hesselegesser in the shot put (44-1), Aiden Turner in the javelin (155-9) and Rommel Zapanta in the triple jump (39-10), junior Cameron Jones (11-6) in the pole vault, and the Cavalier 4x400-meter relay team (3:52.30).

“We’ve got a lot of young kids and we’re continuing to get better every week,” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. “Lots of PR’s or near PR’s. We’re three-deep in every event now.”

The Cavaliers have a bye from league competition this week. They battle Oregon City at Oregon City next Wednesday (April 24).




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