|CCC alumn Becky Holliday of the U.S. competes during the women's pole vault final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Holliday placed 9th at the games.|
2017 Men's Outlook
The sprints will be very strong with a large contingent competitive sprinters. Margaryonta Kilcup (10.78/22.32) and D’mon Lee (10.89/22.35) return for their redshirt sophomore years of competition. The Cougars have added Jordan Jones (22.06/48.80) and Brevin Geelan (49.87) to the long sprints roster and will have the return of Charlie Gilpin as well. Malik Knott is a much welcomed addition to the sprint squad with his 11.00 hundred speed. There will be very strong support with Jacob Kraus, Michael Fields, Troy Carver, and Tyrone Stintzi. The hurdles have great coverage Grayson Ramsay (15.14 39” high hurdles) and Emerson Liburd leading the way. Garrett Collins, Hyrum Wester, Armando Mendoza, and Dakotah will add great support to make it a deep hurdle squad. The decathlon crew will be an admirable group with Charlie Gilpin, Colton Wyndham, Eric Batson, Grayson Ramsay, and Griffin Johnson.
The jumps look to be very deep. Dillon Zheol is a huge addition for the Cougars (22’4”/46’2”), Jatarus Jones (21’4”/45’6”) along with Malik Knott who has long jumped 22’8”. Brandon Powell, Zak Elliott, Zach Garcia, and Jerremy Smith will be a great support crew for the horizontal jumps. Elijah Greenwalt-Simon and Tyron Stintzi will be the primary high jumpers for Clackamas at 6’4” and 6’2”, respectively. The men’s vault crew will be deep and competitive with Blake Rhynes leading the charge with a personal best of 15’0”. There looks to be five other men over 14’ in the vault this year with returning NWAC scorer Griffin Johnson, Nick Pettus, Grayson Ramsay, Eric Batson, and Brando Turner.
The distances will be led by Jose Macias who was third at the NWAC Cross Country Championships this past fall and has personal bests of 15:36 and 25:45 in the 5K and 8K, respectively. Josh Moats has improved much since coming to Clackamas and will be a force along with Jose in the long distances along with Angel Castellanos and Weyekin Bill. Even Sutherland and Dan Carrier will cover the middle distances and steeple chase for the Cougars.
2017 Women's Outlook
The sprint crew will be strong with the return of Karis Cameron (12.33 and 25.03) and addition of Lexi Bates (12.50/25.57). Newcomers Cassidy Bell and Hanna Steigman have also run under 13.0 for the 100. Brittany Coleman looks to continue her development as a sprinter as well after running 26.33 in the 200 in her first 200 race ever. Chelsea Bone, who was in the finals in the intermediate hurdles at the NWAC Championships last year, and Monica Wenlund will help cover the hurdles events. Chelsea will also be a dominant force in the heptathlon this year after scoring 3956 her freshman year.
The jumps will be very competitive and represented well with Karis Cameron who has long jumped 18’0” along with Chelsea Bone who has jumped 17’0”. Lexi Bates, Brittany Coleman and Lydia Pavlenko will be a strong support crew in the long jump with personal bests over 16’. The vault crew of Lauren Theis (12’0”), Saraia Collmer (11’4”) and Suzy Botsford (8’8”) will be a strong trio for the Cougars. Coleman (37’8”) and Pavlenko (36’0”) will lead the charge in the triple jump for Clackamas during the season with support from Brianna Coleman. The high jump will be well covered with Lydia and Chelsea leading the way with jumps of 5’0” or better.
The throws will be well supported with the addition of Monica Angelechio who is a solid all-around thrower. Monica and Cassidy have solid shot putting ability with freshman Rachel Simedru looking much improved so far this year. Chelsea returns this year to continue to be strong support in the javelin (128’4”) along with Linda Dawson working hard in the throws.
NWAC All-American Aysia Killingbeck returns to be a dominant force in the mid-distances (2:20.90/4:52.8). Lauren Stokley returns after being a scorer at the NWAC Championships in the steeple chase. Hannah Stobie looks to keep improving well in the long distances
About Track and Field
The men and women have placed 3rd at the NWAC Championship the past 4 years. There were 21 NWAC All-American performances and 3 NWAC champions in 2016. Two school records were broken along with twelve athletes making it onto the top ten all-time lists in 2015. Tiffany Richeson ran 14.30 for the 100 hurdles and was also the NWAC Champion in the pole vault while jumping a best of 12’9” during the 2015 season. Roba Sultessa highlighted the season for the Cougars in 2016 running 1:50.71 in the 800. Clackamas has had 3 men run under 1:51 in the 800 since 2011.
The 2015 throws squad was possibly the best in school history and outscored the next best conference team by 11 points. There were three NWAC Champions from Clackamas in the throws. Easton won the javelin with a 212’ throw which 22’ farther than what he threw in high school the previous year. Matt Lloyd and Wyatt Meyring threw 192’ and 178’ in the hammer throw while following up those performances with 52’ and 48’ in the shot put. The women were also very tough hammer throw marks of 146’, 142’, and 131’ along with NWAC winning mark of 143’ in the javelin. Shot put was also competitive with Rachel McKinnis leading the way with her 38’8” throw along with her teammates throwing 37’6” and 35’10”. Ashton Forrest and Matt Lloyd went 1, 2 in the hammer throw at the 2016 NWAC Championship meet.
It was a strong season in the women’s hurdles in 2015 with Clackamas having 4 out of 8 of the finalists at the NWAC Championships. Other notables are Jackson Baker earning the NWAC Male Track Athlete of the Meet by winning the steeple chase and 5,000. Matt Lloyd was the Southern Region Championship Male Field Athlete of the Meet.
The 2014 track and field season had many highlights. The Cougars broke four outdoor school records, had twenty-seven outdoor top ten all-time performances, five NWAC Champions and twenty-one All-Americans. There were also two indoor school records broken along with nine indoor top five performances.
The women’s team was one of the most talented to come through Clackamas. The jumps crew was arguably the best in the country with women that triple jumped 38’4”, 37’3”, 37’1”, 36’1”, and 35’4”. They also produced individual top marks of 19’4”, 17’11”, 17’10”, 17’6”, and 16’4”. The pole vaulters went 13’1 ½”, 10’, and 9’6”. The top high jumper went 5’7 ¼”. The sprints crew was successful with top marks of 12.06 for the 100 and 25.09 in the 200, which was a 2.1 second. The women’s sprint crew also put out a 48.26 4 x 100 relay time, which narrowly missed the school record. Elizabeth Venzon’s school record performance in the heptathlon was also the second best heptathon score ever at the NWAC Championships with 4905 points, which would have placed her eighth at the Pac-12 Championships. The throwers put up some notable marks in the javelin with Josie Elsenbaumer throwing 143’11”, and Tianna Ybarra throwing 133’2”. Sasha Gonzalez ran 18:31, which was a minute faster than what she ran the previous year in high school cross country.
The men’s team was strong on many fronts leading off with what was the best junior college pole vault trio in the country with 16’, 15’8” and 15’6”. The men’s sprints were strong with Thomas Sutherland running 21.76 and Zach Rial running 48.36. The sprint crew also produced a 41.43 4 x 100 relay time and a 3:17.41 4 x 400 relay time, which earned them first place in both events at the NWAC Championships. Badana Sultessa dominated the middle distances running 1:51.94 and 4:00.13 in the 800 and 1500, respectively. Seth Buck led the Cougars in the decathlon squad with 6523 points. Pake Benthin led the long distance squad by placing second and third in the 10,000 meter and 5,000 meter races at the NWAC Championships, and Alan Ekanger took second in the steeplechase.
The men and women repeated their third place finishes on both sides just like they did in 2014. There were twenty-two NWAC All-American performances and eight NWAC champions. Two school records were broken along with twelve athletes making it onto the top ten all-time lists. Tiffany Richeson ran 14.30 for the 100 hurdles and was also the NWAC Champion in the pole vault while jumping a best of 12'9" during the season.
The throws squad was possibly the best in school history and outscored the next best conference team by 11 points. There were three NWAC Champions from Clackamas in the throws. Easton won the javelin with a 212' throw which 22' farther than what he threw in high school the previous year. Matt Lloyd and Wyatt Meyring threw 192' and 178' in the hammer throw while following up those performances with 52' and 48' in the shot put. The women were also very tough hammer throw marks of 146', 142', and 131' along with NWAC winning mark of 143' in the javelin. Shot put was also competitive with Rachel McKinnis leading the way with her 38'8" throw along with her teammates throwing 37'6" and 35'10".
It was a strong season in the women's hurdles with Clackamas having 4 out of 8 of the finalists at the NWAC Championships. Other notables are Jackson Baker earning the NWAC Male Track Athlete of the Meet by winning the steeple chase and 5,000. Matt Lloyd was the Southern Region Championship Male Field Athlete of the Meet.
The track and field program has a competitive history. The men’s and women’s teams have finished in the top three on 14 occasions in the past 18 years. Clackamas athletes do well at CCC and beyond.
Brian Abshire and Lisa Ondieki went on to compete at the Olympics with Lisa earning a silver medal in the marathon.
Clackamas alumni have performed at the NCAA Championships with a champion in the women's vault, third in the men's decathlon and seventh in the women's javelin just to name a few. Becky Holliday was 2nd at the 2010 USATF National Championships in the pole vault.
Our alumni have also earned Western Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Year, Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Year, twelfth place in the men's 5000 at US Nationals, and sixth place at the Nike Cross Country Team Nationals and then onto the World Cross Country Championships. CCC had two alumni that finished 6th and 11th in the women’s steeple chase at the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2008.
Becky Holliday is one standout alumni who has gone on to accomplish great feats in the pole vault after Clackamas. She currently has held the NCAA Outdoor Championships meet record, is the indoor and outdoor school record holder at the University of Oregon and was third at the USATF National Outdoor Championships. Becky is currently competing for New Balance and competes all over the world representing New Balance and the United States.
Andria Scheese has gone on to become a 3-time NAIA All-American and former school record holder at Concordia University, and Chris Dilley went on to be a 4-time NAIA All-American in the hammer and discus and current school record holder in the hammer at Eastern Oregon University.
The last couple of years have been productive with the women’s 200 and 100 hurdles records being broke. Morgan Cribbs broke a 29 year record running 24.61 and also breaking the NWAACC Meet Record. Kaitlyn Reid broke the women’s 100 hurdles record, which was a 31 year record, running 14.92. Last track season was highlighted by the men finishing 2nd and the women finishing 3rd at the conference championships. That was the highest co-ed finish Clackamas has had in 12 years. There were also 33 NWAACC All-Americans and 53 season and/or lifetime personal records accomplished at the championships. Clackamas athletes set 18 top ten performances during the 2010 track and field season
Preparation for 4-yr Schools
Clackamas track and field/cross country works hard to prepare athletes for the next level. CCC track/cross country alum receive an average of $35,000 per year from the colleges they apply to.
We currently have athletes at such schools as University of Oregon, University of Washington, Western Oregon University, Seattle Pacific University, George Fox University and many others. Our athletes perform well here and keep getting better when they transfer.
Clackamas has strong academic programs. There are over 140 majors. We
also have an athletic academic advisor to help student-athletes stay on track with their academic plans. Clackamas track has also had three valedictorians in the last three years as well as many athletes that graduated high school with 3.8 GPA and above. We have a strong medical staff with an athletic trainer and team doctor to keep the athletes
Cougar Success is Founded on Teamwork & a Strong Schedule
We compete against 4-year programs on a regular basis. The coaching staff believes that every action is circular. Positive behaviors create other positive behaviors which leads to strong performances.
Interested in competing for the Cougars? Please view our recruiting page!