Cavalier boys plead no-contest, while Clackamas girls meet their match

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City distance runners (from left) Al Lacey, Chris Durant and Keaton Stroh swept the 1,500 meters to help lead the Pioneers to a 100-45 runaway win over Clackamas in last weeks Three Rivers League meet in Oregon City.Oregon City High School thinclads took no hostages in their April 24 Three Rivers League dual meet with Clackamas.

Oregon City boys ran their TRL dual record to 3-0 with a 100-45 rout of their Cavalier counterparts; Oregon City girls dealt the Cavaliers (3-1) their first league dual loss of the season, upending Clackamas 91-54.

Oregon City boys won 13 of the 17 events, going one-two in seven events and sweeping the first three places in the 100, 200, 1,500 and 3,000.

Oregon City girls (2-1) competed hard, scored in every event and won first place in 14 events.

“I thought our girls did a fantastic job all the way around,” said Oregon City girls coach Kristin Mull. “If they weren’t PR-ing, they were right on their PR’s. They took care of business. I’m looking forward to continued improvement and some exciting marks over the next few weeks.”

Senior Justin Cornejo was the only double winner for Oregon City boys in individual events, setting the pace in the 200 (22.95) and in the 400-meter dash (51.81).

Senior Mitchell Thompson (11.41) headed the sweep in the boys 100-meter dash.

Chris Durant (4:33.80), Al Lacey (4:34.00) and Keaton Stroh (4:36.37) finished close together to earn the sweep in the boys 1,500.

Tyler Dille (10:04.68), Jordan Howell (10:14.63) and Dylan Good (10:23.07) went one-two-three in the boys 3,000; and Lacey (2:06.78) and Alex Canchola (2:10.15) went one-two for Oregon City in the boys 800.

Oregon City boys winning in the field events included: Beau Brosseau in the discus (143-10), Josh Miller in the shot put (48-1), Easton Christensen in the javelin (161-7), Kyle Anderson in the long jump (19-7-3/4) and Daniel Slack in the triple jump (42-5-1/4).

Oregon City guys also breezed to victory in the 4x100 (43.79) and 4x400-meter (3:50.18) relays.

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Clackamas senior Max Jette had a good day in the high jump in last weeks dual meet at Oregon City, clearing a personal best and Class 6A states best 6-7.Senior Max Jette had a big day for Clackamas boys, winning the high jump with a new personal best and Class 6A state’s best of 6-7 and clearing 12-0 to head the field in the pole vault.

Jette’s mark in the high jump is second all-time at Clackamas only to Tyler Clarke, who cleared 6-10 in 2008.

“Three more inches is a lot,” said Jette. “But I’d like to clear 6-8 and get an attempt at [the record].”

Jette said he likes a big crowd, and the warm weather, along with a big crowd, helped him get over the bar at 6-7 at Oregon City.

The Cavaliers were tough in the hurdles.

Three of the state’s top high hurdles battled tooth-and-nail in the boys high hurdles, where Clackamas junior Connor McLean (15.30) and Jette (15.47) got the best of Oregon City senior Brady Heinsoo (15.70). McLean and Jette both recorded lifetime bests in the event.

“I was floating over the last few hurdles and I feel there’s a lot of room for improvement for both me and Connor [in the high hurdles],” Jette said.

McLean (41.30) and Clackamas seniors Damion Middleton (42.44) and Jesse Debord (43.61) swept the intermediate hurdles.

McLean, who holds the state’s second-best mark this season (15-1) in the boys pole vault, had a tough go of it at Oregon City, no-heighting in the event.

“It was a really warm day and his step was just off,” Jette said of McLean’s struggles in the pole vault.

Coach Mull said that although her girls won by a substantial margin, their dual with Clackamas was a meet that could have just as easily gone the other way.

“I thought that, going into the meet, our marks and Clackamas’ marks were pretty comparable,” Mull said. “And I was a little concerned, because Clackamas has greater numbers. But our girls did a tremendous job. They had a lot of PR’s, and they took care of business in every event....

“It started in the 4x100-meter relay, where [Clackamas] dropped the baton. Our girls had a season PR in the relay and it continued from there.”

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City junior Alisa McEniry has proven herself one of the top female pole vaulters in the Three Rivers League this spring. She cleared 9-0 to win the event in last weeks dual win over Clackamas.Senior distance ace Rachel Crawford and junior leaper Alisa McEniry set the tone for Oregon City girls, with Crawford doubling up to win both the 1,500 (5:05.53) and 3,000 (11:42.55), and McEniry heading the field in the high jump (4-10) and pole vault (9-0). It was the first time McEniry had cleared 4-10 in the high jump, an event she won on fewer misses.

Oregon City sprinters were tough, with juniors Becca Houk (12.71) and Karrin Shriner (12.85) going one-two in the girls 100, and Shriner (26.31) finishing well in front of Clackamas sophomore Caroline Combs (26.98) for a win in the 200.

Houk’s time in the 100 was a lifetime best and it ranks her No. 2 in the TRL in the event; Shriner’s mark in the 200 was a lifetime PR and it also ranks her No. 2 in the TRL.

Oregon City girls got it done in the throwing events, where they outscored the Cavaliers 22-5.

Oregon City sophomore Jenny Holbrook won the shot put in a lifetime best of 33-2, a four-foot PR, and a mark that ranks her No. 3 in the TRL this spring.

Oregon City senior Nicole Simons won the girls javelin in a PR of 109-5, the second best mark by a TRL athlete this season. Oregon City senior Breanne Johnston had the best mark of the day in the girls discus (83-9).

Pioneer sophomore Karli Kolsut won the girls long jump with a personal best leap of 15-10. Oregon City freshman Jenna Holland outclassed the field with an effort of 33-3 in the girls triple jump, and Oregon City senior Kate Kohler got it done in the girls low hurdles (48.14).

Getting it done for Oregon City in the sprint relay were the team of Shriner, Bone, Karli Kolsut and Houk.

Combs made some noise for Clackamas in the girls 400-meter dash, completing the race in a lifetime best time of 59.92, a mark that ranks her third in the TRL.

Clackamas’ only other winners were sophomores Zoe Clegg in the girls 800 (2:32.10) and Melissa Carson in the high hurdles (16.56). A PR by close to a second, Carson’s time ranks her second in the TRL.

Next meet for Oregon City is this afternoon at West Linn. Clackamas entertains Lake Oswego today at 4 p.m.

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