McLean scores big at the Dean Nice Invitational

Clackamas High School coeds were dominant in the field events and in the sprints, as they took care of business in a May 1 Three Rivers League dual meet with Lake Oswego, winning 96-49.

The Cavaliers outscored their guests 52-11 in the field, winning every field event except the pole vault and sweeping the first three places in the triple jump, high jump and javelin.

Junior Madi Visscher (31-3), freshman Marissa Kelly (30-10) and junior Kandice Jameson (30-6) swept the triple jump; and freshmen Keilee Neikes (4-10) and Marissa Kelly (4-8) and senior Celia Crawford (4-8) swept the high jump.

Junior Savannah Warner (103-6), sophomore Jensen Perrick (98-3) and senior Jessica Pardee (93-4) went one-two-three in the javelin.

Clackamas sophomore Carolin Combs was tough in the sprints, winning the 200 in 26.69, and the 400-meter dash in 1:00.59.

Other winners for Clackamas girls included: sophomore Katya McKenzie in the 100 (13.25), sophomore Zoe Clegg in the 800 (2:32.65), sophomore Melissa Carson in the long jump (14-8), freshman Angela Arrington in the shot put (28-8-1/2), and Pardee in the discus (79-4).

With the win, the Cavaliers improved to 3-1 in TRL dual meets. They were to conclude the league dual season this afternoon, battling Grant (0-4) and Lakeridge (3-0) in a meet at Lakeridge.

Clackamas boys last week gave the undefeated Lake Oswego boys team (4-0) a run their money in a 77-68 loss.

The Cavalier guys scored in every individual event except the 3,000, and they swept the pole vault and javelin.

Junior Connor McLean, senior Max Jette and junior Cameron Jones cleared 14-0, 13-6 and 13-0 respectively to earn the sweep in the pole vault. The trio all rank in the top 10 in the state in Class 6A with their marks.

Seniors Aiden Turner (166-0), Austin Cole (161-6) and Josh Ottenbacher (150-5) got the job done in the javelin.

McLean, Jette, Lake Oswego junior Connor Bracken, and Lake Oswego senior Alex Tymchenko — four of the state’s top hurdlers — went toe-to-toe in last week’s dual. Bracken (14.88) beat both McLean (15.40) and Jette (15.38) in the high hurdles; McLean (39.90) got the best of Tymchenko (40.09) and Bracken (41.12) in the intermediates.

Bracken (14.63) sports the state’s third-best time for the high hurdles this spring; McLean’s time in last week’s dual is the third best time in Class 6A for the intermediates.

McLean also had the best mark of the day in the long jump (21-1) in last week’s dual meet, giving him three wins on the afternoon.

Other winners for Clackamas boys included: seniors Damion Middleton in the 400 (52.94), Justin Hesselegesser in the shot put (43-8-1/4) and Rommel Zapanta in the triple jump (40-3).

Clackamas boys slipped to 1-3 in TRL dual meets with the loss.

Cavaliers soar

at Dean Nice

Clackamas High thinclads got it done at Friday’s 14-team Dean Nice Invitational. The Cavaliers boys (85-1/2) topped Gresham (79) for first place in the boys meet, while the Cavaliers girls scored 95 and finished runner-up to Corvallis (133).

Junior Connor McLean and senior Max Jette led the way for Clackamas boys.

McClean cleared a near personal best of 15-0 for first place in the pole vault, ran the intermediate hurdles in a lifetime best of 39.34 for first place in that event, ran the high hurdles in a lifetime best of 14.95 for runner-up honors, and leaped 21-5 to place seventh and score points in the long jump.

McLean’s time for the intermediates ranks him third in the state and his time in the high hurdles ranks him fourth in the state.

Jette cleared 6-4 for a win in the high jump, cleared 12-6 for fourth place in the pole vault, and ran the high hurdles in a lifetime best of 15.31, good for fifth place.

“Those two guys were awesome for us,” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher.

Seniors Austin Cole and Aiden Turner were big in the javelin, placing third and fifth respectively with marks of 152-5 and 151-6.

Clackamas girls had three winners, sophomore Caroline Combs in the 200-meter dash (26.20), sophomore Melissa Carson in the high hurdles (16.24) and the Cavalier girls 4x100-meter relay team of Katya McKenzie, Alli Dickey, Amarachi Nwokoma and Combs (50.74).

The Cavalier girls picked up big points in the sprints, with McKenzie placing second in the 100 (12.95), Combs placing second in the 400 (1:00.11), Nwokoma placing fourth in the 100 (13.13) and Dickey placing fourth in the 400 (1:02.46).

Clackamas junior Savannah Warner launched the javelin a lifetime best of 115-10 for third-place points in that event.

“We’re really proud of the kids,” Kelleher said. “They really competed as a team and they competed well.”

Milwaukie also had a few athletes fare well at the Gresham meet. Milwaukie junior Dante Meade (42-4-1/2) and Mustang senior Trevontae Anderson (41-8-1/2) placed second and third respectively in the boys triple jump; and Milwaukie senior Kendrick Bourne leaped 22-1-1/4, good for third place in the boys long jump.

Milwaukie senior Alexis Noren was second in the girls triple jump (35-0) and Milwaukie junior Kayler Hammond-Stief was second in the girls discus (103-10).

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