Edwards, Dickey, McLean, Mendez excel

by: JAIME VALDEZ - CLACKAMAS FRESHMAN MAIA EDWARDSClackamas girls finished second only to McMinnville at a 10-team invitational track and field meet hosted by the Grizzlies on Friday.

And the Cavaliers did it without two of their top athletes, juniors Caroline Combs (knee injury) and Melissa Carson (mononucleosis).

“I don’t know if we would have won it [with Combs and Carson],” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. “But it would have been close.”

McMinnville tallied 171-1/2 points, while the Cavaliers scored 122.

Clackamas boys scored 104-1/2 and placed fourth, finishing back of McMinnville (202), West Albany (130-3/4) and St. Helens (111).

Clackamas girls were dominant in the 3,000-meter run, where freshmen Maia Edwards (10:49.29) and Maria Caplazi (11:26.52) and junior Courtney Beard (11:032.89) placed first, second and fourth respectively. Edwards’ time was a personal best, and it’s the top time run by any Class 6A freshman in the state this spring.

“Not bad for a freshman,” Kelleher said of Edwards.

Clackamas junior Alli Dickey proved herself the class of the field in the hurdles, pushing herself to winning times of 15.77 in the high hurdles and 46.32 in the low hurdles. She won the highs by over a second and the lows by over three seconds.

“Alli Dickey is really coming on,” said Kelleher. “She had a lifetime PR in the low hurdles. She’s the class of the [Three Rivers] League in both the highs and the lows, and one of the best in the state in both hurdles races.”

Clackamas had a runner-up in the girls pole vault, where Sofia Crescenzi cleared 9-6; and in the 4x100-meter relay, where the Cavaliers were clocked at 51.98.

Other top finishers for Clackamas girls included: junior Katya McKenzie, third in the 100 (13.28); senior Savannah Warner, third in the javelin (108-10); sophomore Marissa Kelly (31-6-1/2), third in the triple jump; juniors Zoe Clegg (2:32.32) and Sydney Peters (2:37.25), fourth and fifth respectively in the 800; Dickey (4-10), tied for fourth place in the high jump; and senior Madi Visscher, fifth in the pole vault (8-6) and fifth in the triple jump (31-0).

Clackamas senior talent Connor McLean continued impressive for Clackamas boys, winning the high hurdles in 15.19, the intermediate hurdles in 39.57, the long jump with an effort of 21-3-3/4, and clearing a meet-record 16-0 for first place in the pole vault.

McLean won the high hurdles by over a second, the intermediate hurdles by 1.3 seconds, and the pole vault by three feet.

McLean is the only high school athlete in the state who has cleared 16-0 in the pole vault this spring.

Clackamas sophomore Anthony Mendez was tough in the sprints, winning the boys 200-meter dash in 23.19, and placing second in the 100 (11.39).

Other top placers for Clackamas boys included: junior Calvin Taylor, third in the 800 (2:10.97); freshman Chase McLean, fourth in the 400 (54.57); and senior Matthew Haglund, fourth in the 1,500 (4:27.51) and fifth in the 800 (2:11.21).

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