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McLean and Jette score big at district

The talented duo lead Clackamas boys to second place


by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Two of the states top hurdlers, Clackamas junior Connor McLean (left) and Lake Oswego junior Connor Bracken, battle in the finals of the intermediate hurdles at last weeks Three Rivers League District Meet. Bracken got the best of McLean in the high hurdles, but McLean ruled in the intermediates.OREGON CITY — Junior Connor McLean and senior Max Jette were a two-man wrecking crew for Clackamas’ boys track team, as they led Clackamas to second place at the 2013 Three Rivers League District Track and Field Championships.

McLean and Jette combined to score over half of Clackamas’ points, as the Cavaliers tallied 100 points, finishing 64-1/2 points back of TRL champion Oregon City. Both McLean and Jette placed in four events.

McLean earned district titles in the intermediates hurdles (39.24) and pole vault (14-9), placed second to Lake Oswego junior Connor Bracken (14.89 to 15.09) in the high hurdles, and placed second in the long jump (20-6-1/2).

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas senior Max Jette competes in the high jump in Fridays finals of the 2013 Three Rivers League District Track and Field Championships.Jette earned a district title in the high jump (6-2), placed second to McLean in the pole vault (13-0), placed third in the high hurdles (15.43) and placed fourth in the discus (131-5).

McLean’s winning mark in the high hurdles was a new personal record and it ranks him seventh in the state; Bracken and McLean head to state with the state’s third- and fifth-best marks in the high hurdles; McLean has cleared 15-1 in the pole vault this spring, second-best in Class 6A.

Jette heads to state with the top mark by a Class 6A athlete in the high jump, at 6-7. Jette also has the fifth-best mark in the pole vault, at 13-6.

“We’re not holding anything back at state,” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. “We’re going all out with Max and Connor.”

McLean and Jette say they like their chances.

Following his win in the intermediate hurdles, McLean said, “Compared to the high hurdles, it was pretty good. But I still have room for improvement.”

McLean added, “I’m hoping for 15-8 [at state] and first place in the pole vault.”

Jette said, “I’m alright with what I did [in the high jump at district]. I had good attempts. I was getting up over the bar.”

Jette said of his goal this year at state in the high jump, “I want to win it.”

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - With only the fourth best time heading into the meet, Clackamas sophomore Caroline Combs (right) was a surprise state-qualifier in the 400, where she finished second only to West Linns Cara Boucher, completing the race in a personal best of 58.84.An injury kept Jette out of action last year, but he placed fifth at state in the high jump as a sophomore.

Other top placers for Clackamas boys at district were: senior Josh Ottenbacher, third in the javelin (175-6); and senior Justin Hesselegesser, third in the shot put (46-5). Both athletes’ marks were career bests. Ottenbacher’s throw was a PR by 17 feet.

Clackamas’ youthful girls team only qualified one athlete for state and placed sixth in the district meet team scoring.

Sophomore Caroline Combs did herself proud in the 400-meter dash, battling from behind to earn second place in 58.84, a personal-best time by over a second.

“I feel fantastic,” Combs said. “It was by far my best race of the season. I gave it my all. I put everything I had into it, and it paid off.”

Clackamas sophomore Melissa Carson and Cavalier senior Hannah Stultz came close to qualifying for state in the hurdles. Carson placed third in the high hurdles (16.68) and Stultz placed third in the low hurdles (47.06). Stultz’ mark was a lifetime best by over a second.



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