Clackamas scores in nearly every event

The Clackamas Cavaliers used their depth to put Canby and Grant away, as they opened Three Rivers League girls track and field competition with a pair of league dual wins in a tri-dual meet at Canby last Thursday.

Clackamas coeds defeated Grant 91-52, and they defeated the host Cougars 83-62.

Clackamas girls won only six events, but they had at least two athletes place in the top three in six events, and they had only two events where they didn’t have an athlete place in the top three.

The Cavaliers made the biggest impact in the girls hurdles races. Sophomore Melissa Carson (17.96), senior Hannah Stultz (18.44) and junior Shelby Torgerson (18.69) were the first three runners to cross the finish line in the girls high hurdles; and Stultz (51.69) and sophomore Melissa Carson (53.73) went one-two in the low hurdles.

Clackamas’ 4x400-meter relay team of Amelia Mullis, Alli Dickey, Yasmeen Ramos and Zenna Nwokoma cruised to a 4:15.91 clocking for first place in that event.

Clackamas girls also had winners in the javelin (junior Savannah Warner, 106-2), high jump (senior Celia Crawford, 4-6) and pole vault (junior Maddy Visscher, 8-6).

Clackamas sophomore Caroline Combs (27.49) finished a close second to Canby senior Karley Baggerly (27.35) in the 200-meter dash; sophomore Alli Dickey (1:04.20) was second in the 400; junior Kayla McNeeley (5:44.90) was second in the 1,500; junior Sascha Beirwagen (13:13.42) finished second in the 3,000; and freshman Sara Rogers (7-6) was runner-up to Visscher in the pole vault.

Cavalier guys

score big in the field

A lack of scoring on the track cost Clackamas boys, as they fell to Canby 81-64 and to Grant 85-60.

Clackamas guys were dominant in the field events. They swept the first three places in the discus, and had athletes finished first or second in the shot put, javelin, triple jump, high jump and pole vault. But they had no one finish in the top two in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 or 3,000.

Junior Connor McLean continued to prove himself one of the state’s premier track and field athletes, leading a Cavalier sweep of the high hurdles (15.78), heading up a Cavalier one-two finish in the intermediate hurdles (43.37) and clearing 14-0 to lead a one-two finish in the pole vault.

Clackamas seniors Max Jette (15.83) and Jesse Debord (16.47) went two-three in the high hurdles. Debord (45.88) was runner-up in the intermediates.

Jette cleared 6-2 for a win in the high jump.

Clackamas seniors Justin Hesselegesser (134-4), Jette (127-2) and Austin Insisiengmay (112-10) went one-two-three in the boys discus.

Hesselegesser also won a heated competition in the shot put, edging out Canby junior Zach Kraus, 42-0 to 41-8-1/2.

Clackamas junior Cameron McNulty (40-1) and Cavalier senior Rommel Zapanta (19-0) went two-three in the triple jump; Turner (138-11) earned second place in the javelin; and Clackamas junior Cameron Jones (11-6) was second to McLean in the pole vault.

The Cavaliers return home this afternoon, when they play host to West Linn.

Cavs hold their

own at Mt. Hood

Clackamas thinclads finished in the middle of the pack in last Friday’s 12-team East County Classic, held at Mt. Hood Community College. The Cavaliers boys scored 58 points and finished sixth, behind Hermiston (95-1/2), Lakeridge (87-1/2), Sprague (73), Hood River (67) and The Dalles (62).

Clackamas girls scored 46 and placed seventh, finishing back of Lakeridge (120-1/2), Bend (86), Hermiston (71-1/2), Battle Ground (71), Reynolds (68) and Hood River (49).

The boys would have placed higher, except that Connor McLean and Max Jette, who are ranked among the top pole vaulters in the state, both no-heighted in the event, which was won at 13-6.

McLean and Jette still had a pretty good day. McLean set the pace in both the high hurdles (15.64) and intermediate hurdles (43.24), and he placed eighth in the javelin (136-8).

Jette cleared 6-3 to win the high jump, and he placed third in the high hurdles (15.91).

Clackamas senior Austin Cole (147-11) placed third in the boys javelin.

Clackamas girls had several sophomores place high. Caroline Combs placed fourth in the girls 200 (27.40) and she cleared 4-7 to tie for seventh place in the high jump.

Sophomore Alli Dickey placed fourth in the girls 400 (1:02.79), Zoe Clegg placed sixth in the 1,500 (5:16.69), Amarchi Nwokoma placed seventh in the 100 (13.74) and Melissa Carson placed seventh in the high hurdles (17.82).

Junior Maddy Visscher placed third in the girls pole vault (8-0) and seventh in the triple jump (31-11); junior Savannah Warner placed fifth in the javelin (97-2) and she tied for seventh place in the high jump (4-7).

Clackamas girls also made a strong showing in the relays. The team of Combs, Dickey, Rasmeen Ramos and Katya McKenzie finished runner-up in the 4x400-meter relay (4:10.5); and the team of Combs, Armarchi Nwokoma, Zenna Nwokoma and McKenzie placed third in the 4x100-meter relay (51.98).

The time in the 4x400 relay ranked the Cavaliers sixth in the state in Class 6A in the event through competition last Friday.

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