The Clackamas youths make the top eight at the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships

LISLE, Illinois – Max and Kate Jette of Clackamas did themselves proud at the USA Youth Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held here July 3-8.

Max earned a third-place medal in the Midget Boys (ages 11-12) high jump, clearing a personal best of 5-1 for the first time in competition.

The Clackamas 12-year-old also earned a fifth-place medal in the pentathlon, where he scored 2,011 points, with marks of 15.15 in the 80-meter hurdles, 29-9 in the shot put, 4-9 in the high jump, 13-6 in the long jump and 5:29.9 in the 1,500-meter run.

Competing in the individual events, Max also finished 10th in the turbo-javelin (105-5) and 15th in the 80-meter hurdles (14.7).

“One of my long-term goals is to try and do the decathlon in college,” said Max, who also plays soccer and basketball.

Kate Jette, 15, earned a medal despite being one of the younger competitors in the Intermediate Girls (ages 15-16) heptathlon. Kate placed eighth in the field, scoring 3,495, with marks of 17.15 in the 100-meter hurdles, 26-1 in the shot put, 4-11 in the high jump, 29.1 in the 200-meter dash, 14-1 in the long jump, 81-2 in the javelin and 2:35.6 in the 800-meter run.

Competing in the individual events, Kate had the 11th best mark for her age group in the high jump (4-11) and the 15th best mark in the 100-meter hurdles (16.96).

“I’d like to run track in college,” said Kate, who also excels in cross country.

Over 2,000 athletes from throughout the United States took part in the competition, which required athletes to meet qualifying standards in order to participate.

Earlier this year, Max successfully defended his Oregon Junior Olympic Midget Multi-Event Championship with a score of 2,051 in the pentathlon.