Disappointing day one for Mac
EUGENE — The McMinnville track team suffered through a disappointing first day at the 6A state track and field championships Friday at Hayward Field.
Senior Tim Tatton came into the 6A boys discus competition with the No. 1-seeded mark from districts, but he fouled on his last four throws and threw 22 feet shorter than his personal best to finish a disappointing ninth.
McMinnville’s other major disappointment came in the girls javelin, where Bethany Mohler — the 2013 Pacific Conference district champion — checked in 20 minutes late and wasn’t allowed to compete.
On the track, sophomore Taylor Petersen finished 12th in the prelims of the girls 400-meter dash and did not advance to Saturday’s finals. Senior Taylor Vicknair, running in the boys 110-meter hurdles, finished sixth in his heat and also failed to advance to the finals.
There was some good news, though. Senior Kane Kennedy ran and won his heat of the boys 400-meter dash in 49.68 seconds to qualify for the finals. Kennedy was the 6A state runner-up in 2012 and finished second at last week’s Pacific Conference championships in a school-record time of 48.67. As Kennedy crossed the finish line, he fell to the track and grabbed at his hamstring. He did not run in the boys 4x400-meter relay that was favored to win, and Kennedy did not do an all-out work out in the week leading up to his race Friday.
Tanner Scanlon also qualified for Saturday’s final of the boys 300 hurdles, finishing second in his heat in 39.31.
Freshman Montanna Gubrud finished in 12th place in the 6A girls long jump with a best jump of 16-4.
Freshman Whitney rich finished in 14th in the 6A girls 3,000. Rich finished in 10:47.31 in an extremely fast meet that saw the top four girls all break the Oregon 6A state meet record. Erin Clark of South Eugene won in 9:32.08.
Day two of the 6A state championships at Hayward Field in Eugene starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Yamhill-Carlton Tigers finished day one of competition at the 4A state track and field championships Friday. The Tigers didn’t score any points because all the events they competed in Friday were prelims.
In the girls 100, Sarah King finished in 10th place and did not advance. King did advance to Saturday’s final in the 200 and is seeded eighth.
In the girls 400, Suzanne Van De Grift ran a personal best 59.72 to qualify for the finals Saturday.
Kaylie Boschma ran in the girls 100 and 300 hurdles. She ran the fourth best time in the 100 to qualify for the Saturday finals, but she finished sixth in her heat of the 300 and didn’t advance.