The Pioneers improve to 3-0, as they win big at Clackamas

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon City senior Alex Canchola cleared 6-0 for a win in the high jump and he leaped 20-4-1/4 to finish a close second to Clackamas senior Connor McLean in the long jump in last weeks dual meet with the Cavaliers.The Oregon City Pioneers last week continued on track for a successful defense of their Three Rivers League boys track and field dual-meet title, upping their record to 3-0 in league duals with a sound drubbing of Clackamas, 98-47.

The Pioneer guys won first place in 10 of the 15 individual events, and they earned sweeps of their hosts in the boys 400, discus and javelin.

The Pioneers were especially impressive in the throwing events and the sprints. They outscored the Cavaliers 24-3 in the three throwing events and 19-8 in the sprints.

Oregon City senior Easton Christensen (169-2) led the sweep of the javelin; Oregon City senior Josh Miller (140-6) led the sweep of the discus. Miller was also tough in the shot put, winning that event with a lifetime-best and Three Rivers League-best heave of 48-3.

Oregon City junior Jordan Howell (53.25) led the sweep of the 400, while Pioneer sophomore Trevon Bradford (11.37) set the pace in the 100.

Oregon City also had individual winners in the 800 (senior Al Lacey, 2:02.15); 3,000 (sophomore Ethan Dodson, 10:29.21), intermediate hurdles (senior Derek MacDougal, 43.69), high jump (senior Alex Canchola, 6-0), triple jump (junior Austin DeWitz, 39-8-3/4) and 400-meter relay (44.42).

Lacey’s time in the 800 was a three-second PR.

Senior Connor McLean continued a force for Clackamas boys, winning the high hurdles (15.72), long jump (20-5-3/4) and pole vault (15-6) with impressive marks.

Clackamas senior Matthew Haglund (4:36.28) set the pace in the boys 1,500 and Clackamas sophomore Anthony Mendez (23.57) headed the field in the 200-meter sprint.

“We host West Linn (in an April 30 dual meet) and it will be our last league meet against our cross-river rivals for a few years,” said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson. “A victory against them would be our 30th straight Three Rivers League dual-meet victory, so our kids are pretty excited about the opportunity.”

Last week’s Oregon City vs. Clackamas girls meet was a dogfight, with Oregon City building an early lead and holding off the Cavaliers for a 77-1/2 to 67-1/2 dual win.

“The girls competed hard,” said Clackamas coach Jeff Kelleher. “We would have won, except we were missing Caroline Combs (knee injury) and Melissa Carson (mononucleosis). With them we win easily. Caroline would have gotten us 15 points and Melissa would have won the long jump.”

Oregon City girls were tough in the sprints and shot put; Clackamas was dominant in the middle distances.

Oregon City seniors Becca Houk and Karrin Shriner continued the class of the league in the short sprint races, going one-two respective in both the 100 (12.67 and 12.80) and 200 (26.33 and 26.44).

Oregon City freshman N’Dea Flye (1:02.49) cruised to first place in the 400.

Clackamas freshman Maia Edwards led a Cavalier sweep, with an effort of 2:29.08, in the 800; She also got the best of Oregon City junior Miranda Nelson (5:03.39 to 5:07.57) in the 1,500.

Nelson (11:08.37) won handily in the 3,000.

Clackamas junior Alli Dickey breezed to wins in both the high hurdles (15.67) and the low hurdles (47.40). She also cleared 5-0 in the high jump, winning on fewer misses over Oregon City senior Alisa McEniry, who also cleared 5-0.

Sophomore Taylor Shaw (29-1) led an Oregon City sweep of the shot put, while Oregon City junior Jenny Holbrook (29-1) won the discus (90-2).

Oregon City senior Alisa McEniry was the only female athlete over the bar at 8-6 in the pole vault.

Clackamas senior Madi Visscher (15-6) cruised to a win in the long jump.

Oregon City sophomore Jenna Hoiland (33-0) beat Visscher by six inches to win the triple jump.

Clackamas senior Savannah Warner uncorked a personal best throw of 107-4 to top Oregon City junior Chelsea Bone (103-2) for first place in the javelin.

With the team dual win, Oregon City’s girls team improved to 2-1 in league; Clackamas girls are 1-1.

Oregon City hosts West Linn (2-0) this afternoon, while Clackamas meets Lake Oswego (1-2) on the road.

“It’s still our goal to beat Lakeridge,” said Kelleher. “If we do, we should tie for the Three Rivers League dual title. We’ll need to have Caroline and Melissa back to do that. If they’re back, it’ll be close, but we could get them.”

Clackamas meets Lakeridge and West Linn in a May 7 meet at Grant.

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