Freshman Jake Harthun makes waves at Medford
Oregon City rallied around its strength in the field events to finish at the top of the heap in both the boys and girls meets at last weeks Three Rivers League track and field relay meet, held at Oregon City.
The Pioneer guys were clearly the class of the field, outscoring the runner-up boys team from West Linn 87.84 to 47.97. Grant (43.97), Clackamas (40.93) and Lake Oswego (39.97) rounded out the scoring.
Oregon City girls edged Clackamas for top team honors, 63.93 to 60.94. Lake Oswego (49.91), Grant (44) and West Linn (40.95) rounded out the scoring.
Canby and Lakeridge did not take part in the meet.
Oregon City boys were especially strong in the javelin and in the 4x400-meter relay.
Oregon City seniors Easton Christensen (159-6) and Alex Canchola (154-10) and Pioneer junior Tyler Dent (147-4) had the three highest marks of the meet in the javelin.
The team of Canchola, Jordan Howell, Coy Vandehey (3:35.50) and Jake Harthun edged Grant (3:35.59) for first place in the 4x400 relay.
Canchola also placed high in the long jump (20-11) and high jump (6-0), finishing second in the long jump and third in the vertical leap.
Junior Austin DeWitz scored big for Oregon City boys, winning the triple jump (39-9), clearing 6-2 to tie for first place in the high jump, and placing third in the 110 high hurdles (16.57).
Oregon City girls had winners in the high jump (sophomore Taylor Shaw, 5-1), triple jump (sophomore Jenna Hoiland, 33-2) and shot put (junior Jenny Holbrook, 29-5-1/2). And Oregon City junior Meaghan Preston was a close second in the shot put, launching the iron ball 29-0.
Holbrook also had the second best mark of the meet in the discus, at 87-0.
Three juniors scored big for Clackamas girls.
Alli Dickey (15.84, 47.74) and Melissa Carson (16.49 and 49.28) went one-two in both the 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles, and Dickey cleared 4-10 for second place in the high jump.
Cavalier junior Caroline Combs outclassed the field in both the long jump (17-0) and javelin (120-11).
Clackamas senior standout Connor McLean, who placed at state in four events last spring, proved hes still got his stuff, winning the pole vault (15-0), the 110-meter high hurdles (15.09) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (39.72).
His mark in the pole vault equaled the height that earned him first place at last years state meet, and his time for the high hurdles was better than the mark that earned him fifth place at state in that event last season.
Oregon City made a strong showing again on Saturday when the Pioneers traveled to Medford for the 15-team Rotary Relays. Oregon City finished second to Grants Pass in both the boys and the girls meets.
A highlight for the boys came in the freshman 100-meter race, where Pioneer freshman Jake Harthun set a meet freshman class record, winning the race in 11.72. The old record for the 60-year-old meet was 11.73.
Jakes got a very bright future, said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson. Hes already made our freshmen class top 10 for the 100, 200 and 400. Hes in the top six in all three races.
The TRL dual season begins this afternoon, with Oregon City traveling to Grant, Lake Oswego battling cross-town rival Lakeridge on the road, and West Linn hosting Clackamas and Canby.
Weve won the Three Rivers League [district and dual-meet titles] the last four years and weve got a target on our backs, said Thygeson. Everyone wants to knock us off and we believe the Three Rivers League is going to be very competitive this year. We dont have the depth weve had in past years, but weve got good all-around talent. We believe weve got a good shot at a five-peat. Thats our goal.
Thygeson said he believes that Canby will be his Pioneers toughest opponent in league.
Oregon City has an away league meet with Grant this afternoon, and the Pioneers host the 27-team Willamette Falls Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday. Gladstone, La Salle and Putnam are among the teams invited to take part.