ALSO: Italian exchange student Sofia Crescenzi excels for Clackamas girls

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas senior Connor McLean (center) got the best of defending state champion Connor Bracken (right) and his brother Carter Bracken (left) in Fridays finals of the high hurdles at the 2014 Three Rivers District Championship Track and Field Meet, held in Canby.CANBY — Clackamas High School senior Connor McLean continued to make waves at last week’s Three Rivers League District Track and Field Championships, winning first place in four individual events.

“The last athlete I had win four events was Jereme Richardson (both hurdles, long jump, triple jump) at Gladstone in 2000,” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. “Connor is my first at Clackamas. I had Tyler Clarke here at Clackamas win three events — both hurdles and the high jump — in 2004. But he just had those three events.”

McLean was right at his best in all four of his events at last week’s district meet in Canby, winning the high hurdles in 14.49, the intermediate hurdles in 38.79, the pole vault at 15-8-1/2 and the long jump with a leap of 22-4-1/2.

McLean beat Lake Oswego senior Connor Bracken, the defending state champion, by a tenth of the second in the high hurdles, and McLean blew the field away in the intermediates, winning by nearly two seconds, with a personal-record time.

His district-meet marks in the pole vault and high hurdles were both meet records.

His district-meet time in the intermediate hurdles is No. 2 all-time at Clackamas, second only to Clarke’s school record of 38.0.

McLean has run the high hurdles in 14.37 this season, just one hundredth of a second off Clarke’s school record for that event.

And McLean has a personal best of 22-5 in the long jump this season, a mark that trails only Mike Nelson (22-6-1/2 in 1977) and Chris Orblom (22-6-1/2 in 1984) on Clackamas’ list of all-time best long jumpers.

McLean cleared a school-record 16-0 in the pole vault this year in regular-season competition.

Entering this year’s state meet, McLean has the state’s top marks in the high hurdles and pole vault, the third-best mark in the long jump and the fourth-best mark in the intermediate hurdles.

“I’m really happy with my season so far,” said McLean. “Within the last week and a half I’ve had less intense workouts. I feel fresh and energized, and I’m ready to get some more PR’s.”

McLean said of his goals for state, “I’d like to win as many events as I can. Hopefully all four [of my events], that’s my goal.”

“Connor’s a good athlete and he’s been blessed with good coaches....,” said Kelleher. “He’s also been a very dedicated track kid. He’s worked really hard. His bests as a freshman were 17.46 and 42.56 in the hurdles, 12-0 in the pole vault and 18-3 in the long jump.”

Connor McLean scored nearly half of the team points for Clackamas boys at district, but he wasn’t the only Clackamas athlete to make a strong showing.

The Cavaliers will take nine athletes to state in 13 events.

Two other Clackamas boys will make the trip to state with McLean. Senior Brodie Haehlen qualified with a second-place toss of 42-10 in the shot put, and Markus Golder earned a wild card berth to state with an effort of 21-3 in the long jump.

Clackamas girls had several standout performances, including a school-record clocking of 49.62 in the 4x100-meter relay. The time gained the Cavaliers third place in a very fast district-meet field and it was fast enough to gain a wild card berth to state.

Setting the new record were the team of juniors Alli Dickey, Katya McKenzie and Amarachi Nwokoma, and sophomore Alaina Edgerly.

The old mark of 49.64 was one of Clackamas’ longest standing records, set in 1976, by the team of Marta Annus, Shelly Jaeger, Abby Lyons and Joan (Walton) Kintz. Kintz is head girls track coach at Gladstone High School.

Dickey had a tremendous district meet, winning the high hurdles in 15.41 and the high jump, at 5-2. She’d only been a part of the sprint relay team for two weeks prior to the district meet.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Clackamas exchange student Sofia Crescenzi qualified for state in three events, with personal best marks in the pole vault, long jump and javelin at last weeks Three Rivers League District Meet. Crescenzi also had a lifetime best mark in the triple jump and she nearly made state in that event.The Cavaliers also got outstanding performances by Italian exchange student Sofia Crescenzi. She qualified for state with a personal best mark of 16-8-3/4 in the long jump, a personal best of 115-8 in the javelin, and she was among four TRL athletes clearing 10-9, to meet the state qualifying standard for the girls pole vault. Crescenzi also leaped a personal best of 35-2 in the triple jump and earned fourth place in that event.

“I’m not at all surprised [with how Sofia did at district],” said Kelleher. “The girl is blessed with athletic ability. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her go over 11 feet in the pole vault and over 17 feet in the long jump at state.”

Crescenzi says she started pole vaulting in Italy last year and had a personal best of 10 feet prior to the district meet. She says her other events are all new to her this year.

“I’m so happy,” said Crescenzi. “I didn’t expect this. I’m super happy.”

Clackamas freshman distance standout Maia Edwards also had a good meet, qualifying for state with a 10:48.34 clocking and a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters, and placing third with a personal best time of 4:49.37 in the 1,500.

Edwards says her goal for state is 10:30.

Clackamas boys and girls both finished fourth in the district meet team scoring.

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