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Beau Brosseau is 6A Athlete of the Meet

by: SETH GORDON - Oregon City senior Beau Brosseau launches the javelin at the 2013 Class 6A State High School Track and Field Championships.Oregon City High School athletes did themselves proud at recent Class 6A State High School Track and Field Championships, scoring 46-1/2 points and capturing their second straight state championship trophy in boys track and field.

A year ago Oregon City boys scored 44 team points and finished second only to Aloha (54), earning the first state-meet trophy in boys track and field in the history of their school.

Jesuit (72), Sheldon (54) and David Douglas (52) were the only teams ahead of the Pioneers at this year’s state championships, which were contested May 24-25 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field. Central Catholic (34 points) finished well back of Oregon City, in fifth place.

Senior Beau Brosseau scored big at this year’s state meet, earning 26 of his team’s 46-1/2 points, heading the field in the javelin (206-0) and shot put (55-4), and placing third in the discus (147-0). He was honored as the Class 6A Athlete of the Meet for his strong showing.

Brosseau’s mark in the javelin was a PR by four feet and it moved him up to No. 2 on Oregon City’s all-time list for the event, trailing only Mike Hieb (211-2 in 1988). It was Brosseau’s second consecutive state title in the shot put.

Brosseau got plenty of help from his teammates in earning Oregon City its fourth-place hardware.

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City High School sophomore Austin DeWitz was a surprise winner in the high jump at the Class 6A State High School Track and Field Championships.Entering the state meet, there were five Class 6A athletes that had better marks in the high jump than Oregon City sophomore Austin DeWitz. But DeWitz saved his best of the season for state, clearing a personal best of 6-5 to win the event.

Six other athletes contributed to the Pioneers’ tally. Senior Justin Cornejo placed sixth in the 200 (22.19) and seventh in the 100 (11.04), and he teamed up with seniors Ryan Cox and Mitch Thompson and sophomore Coy Vandehey to earn seventh place in the 4x100-meter relay (42.90).

Oregon City also got points from senior Daniel Slack, who earned third place in the triple jump, with an effort of 43-11-1/2; and from junior Kyle Anderson, who cleared 13-0 and tied Clackamas senior Max Jette for eighth place in the pole vault.

The state meet capped off a tremendous run for Oregon City seniors, who went undefeated in Three Rivers League dual meets and in TRL district meets in their four years at the school.

Junior Becca Houk was a standout for Oregon City girls, placing third in the 100-meter dash with a 12.39 clocking, and third in the 200, with an effort of 25.39.

Both of Houk’s marks were lifetime bests and they set new school records. Her effort in the 200 broke a week-old school record set by classmate Karrin Shriner (25.52) at the 2013 Three Rivers League District Meet. Prior to district the 200 record was 25.74, set by Karen Alcorn in 1986. Alcorn also held the old record for the 100 (12.4 in 1986), along with Sarah Hall (1992) and Alicia Danielson (1994).

McLean scores

in four events

Junior Connor McLean had an outstanding state meet for Clackamas boys, placing in all four of his events and scoring 23 points.

McLean cleared 15-0 for first place in the pole vault, placed third in the intermediate hurdles (38.73), fifth in the high hurdles (15.37) and sixth in the long jump (21-7). McLean’s mark in the intermediate hurdles was a personal record, as was his mark in the long jump.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas junior Connor McLean did himself proud at the 2013 State 6A Meet, winning the pole vault and placing in the intermediate hurdles, high hurdles (pictured) and long jump.McLean’s mark in the intermediates moved him up to No. 2 all-time at Clackamas — second only to Tyler Clarke (38.00 in 2004).

Jette, who entered the state meet with the state’s best mark in the high jump, had a tough go of it at state, clearing only 6-2, five inches below his state’s best mark. He finished ninth in the field.

Jette’s best mark of 6-7 this season ranks him co-No. 2 with Mike Nelson (1978) — behind Clarke (6-10) — on Clackamas’ list of all-time best high jumpers.

Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher commented: “Max jumped 6-6 last year and went off his right foot. This year, due to foot problems, he went off his left foot for 6-7. A pretty amazing athlete!”