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Orion Clachar of Coe-Brown: boys’ indoor track player of the season

  • Orion Clachar, Coe-Brown



Monitor staff
Friday, April 20, 2018

There’s no question that Orion Clachar was already regarded as one of the fittest track athletes in the state, but this past indoor season, he reached an even higher standard.

Clachar blew away his own high expectations, winning the 55-meter hurdles at the Division-II indoor track championships, and also scoring in the 55-meter dash and the 300 to lead the Coe-Brown Bears boys’ indoor track team to a fourth-place finish.

Expectations for the young Bears squad were unclear heading into the season, but Clachar, one of two key senior leaders on team, single-handedly scored 15 of Coe-Brown’s 33 points.

Clachar’s success in the winter season has been a work in progress for a long time. An outdoor track standout (as a hurdler, sprinter, jumper and thrower) and a former soccer player, Clachar left the soccer pitch to train for his track events year-round.

“I focus on building my base so I do lots of strength training and also lots of work on my technique,” Clachar said. “My father (Cassius Clachar) has been there coaching me during offseason so it really helps give me that boost ... I couldn’t be here without him.”

Clachar’s extra training paid off at the D-II state meet when he needed to run four races in a span of about 45 minutes.

The top seed in the 55 hurdles, Clachar cruised to the fastest time in the preliminary round in 8.06 seconds, which was expected. What was unexpected was his 6.83 second sprint in the 55 dash, the fifth-fastest time, earning him a spot in the finals.

“It was phenomenal,” Coe-Brown coach Dave Zink said. “It was better than we had hoped.”

After a short break, Clachar ran a “conservative” winning time of 7.91 seconds in the hurdles finals. Immediately following his win in the hurdles, Clachar shattered his No. 11 seed in the 55 dash, finishing fourth in 6.79 seconds.

In his fifth race of the day, Clachar ran a 37.79 in the 300 to finish sixth, besting his No. 9 seed.

Clachar also anchored the ninth-place 4x400 relay with some of the team’s top freshmen.

Although he was dedicated to his own training, Clachar, along with senior Evan Tanguay, was also a dedicated leader.

“Orion’s role this year was very much as a mentor and role model,” coach Zink said. “He had things individually that he wanted to focus on, but he told me that what gave him more pleasure was helping out the newer guys on our team. He would help them decide when to warm-up for events, how to cool down and really enjoyed being on the 4x400. We really couldn’t have asked for Orion to have had a better season than he did, in all aspects.”