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McLean is in record form in the high hurdles

The Cavaliers senior is state champion in the high hurdles and pole vault


by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas senior Connor McLean (right) is well in front of Canby senior Timothy Johnson as McLean heads for first place and a school record in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 2014 Class 6A High School Championship Track and Field Meet.Clackamas High School senior Connor McLean was one of the top athletes at the 2014 Class 6A State High School Boys State Championship Track and Field Meet, held May 23-24 at Hayward Field.

McLean scored 26 points, setting a new school record with a winning time of 14.27 in the high hurdles, winning the pole vault (15-0) for the second straight year, and earning third place in the long jump (21-6-3/4).

The old school standard for the 110-meter high hurdles was 14.36, set by Tyler Clarke in 2004.

McLean won the high hurdles handily, finishing well in front of McNary senior Daniel Brattain (14.54).

McLean was also the class of the field in the pole vault, winning that event by a foot. Oregon City senior Kyle Anderson cleared 14-0 and earned second place.

McLean leaves Clackamas High School as the school record-holder in the high hurdles and pole vault (16-0).

He holds Clackamas' second-best all-time mark in the intermediate hurdles (38.79), trailing only Clarke (38.0); and the third-best all-time mark in the long jump (22-5), trailing only Mike Nelson (22-6-1/2 in 1977) and Chris Orblom (22-6-1/2 in 1984).

Clackamas had only one placer besides McLean at state. Cavalier freshman Maia Edwards (10:20.05) earned seventh place in the girls 3,000-meter run. Her time was a 20-second PR.

“Maia's on track to pulverize Claire Michel's school-record,” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. “She's faster than Claire was as a freshman.”

Edwards' state-meet time for the 3,000 is No. 2 all-time for Clackamas girls track, trailing only Michel (10:20). Edwards is also second all-time to Michel (4:45) with a season best time of 4:49.37 in the 1,500.

Clackamas' girls' 4x100-meter relay team also performed well at state. They didn't make the final, but the team was clocked at 49.22 in the preliminaries, breaking a school record that they had set a week earlier by four tenths of a second.

“The relay team ran great,” said Kelleher. “The nice thing is they are all underclassmen. They'll all be back.”

Vying in the relay were: juniors Katya McKenzie, Alli Dickey and Amarachi Nwokoma, and sophomore Alaina Edgerly.



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