By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Grizzlies close out home schedule vs. local teams

McMinnville scored 2653.5 points on the boys side and 171 points on the girls side to beat a variety of local teams.

“It was a good Yamhill County thing,” McMinnville coach Vic Downs said.

Amity, Dayton, Willamina, Yamhill-Carlton and St. Helens showed up for the meet on a brilliantly sunny day that was perfect for athletes to try for season bests. McMinnville senior Kane Kennedy lowered his best in the 200-meter sprint, Lucy Bellville jumped a season-best in the triple jump, Haley Rich continued to impress in the 1,500, and Nic McDaniel won the 800-meter run to name a few of Mac’s highlights.


Spencer Payne, fresh off the announcement on Monday by Linfield that he was going to play football next fall for the Wildcats, won the boys 100-meter dash in 11.48 seconds and also finished second in the boys 200. Kennedy won the 200 in 22.19, posting the fourth fastest time in the state this season and lowering his personal best by nearly half a second.

Kennedy said he has some big goals for the remaining of the year, including breaking 49 seconds in the 400. He has his eyes on winning the state championship in the 400 and getting top three in the 200, he said.

Payne, Kennedy, Taylor Vicknair and Tanner Scanlon teamed up in the boys 4x100-meter relay to win in 43.10. The goal was to try and break the Mac school record of 42.70, but the Grizzlies had to settle for the fifth fastest time run the history of the boys program.

“It’s a fine time,” Downs said after. “We’re just greedy.”

What is it going to take to break the school record?

“It’s going to take Hayward Field at state,” Kennedy said.

The Grizzlies won 12 events Friday on the boys side, including the hammer throw, which Downs said he was able to convince Mac officials to let him hold. Mac’s Tim Tatton won, throwing 135-02 to beat two of his teammates.

On the girls side, the Grizzlies won six events. Downs said he was impressed with Haley Pattishall, who won the girls 100, finished second in the 200 and also ran on Mac’s second-place 4x400 relay team.

“Anytime a senior has a good day, you love it,” Down said, “Because they don’t have many days left and there’s a sense of urgency. Haley is the one that really stood out in my mind. I’m really proud of her and her leadership.”

Rich, a freshman, won the girls 1,500 in 5 minutes, 2.13 seconds. It was the fourth fastest time in school history.

Lucy Bellville also had a solid day Friday, placing second in the triple jump and 100 hurdles and fourth in the long jump. Bellville’s mark of 33-10.5 equaled her best mark of the season, and she said the results from the girls team Friday was encouraging.

“In the past few years, we’ve been really focused on the spring part of things,” she said. “Now, there are a lot of good jumpers, pole vaulters and throwers. I think we’ll do pretty well at state this year if we can do well at districts.”


While McMinnville cleaned up the team awards, the Yamhill-Carlton girls track team made waves with its strong performance. Junior Suzanne Van De Grift won the 200 and the 400 in 26.90 and 59.75 respectively. Her time in the 400 was a personal best and the first time she has run under a minute.

“Suzi is a seasoned veteran at this point,” Y-C coach Adam Howard said.

Van De Grift has qualified for state the last two years, and she came into this season with a lot of experience. She’s leading a strong group of Tigers runners that include Sarah King, Kaylie Boschma, Hannah Harder and Lexie Webb who are one reason Howard is excited for districts and state this year.

Van De Grift said with the added experience comes added pressure.

“I get more nervous now because when I was a freshman, I wasn’t expecting anything,” she said Friday. “Now I have a lot I want to do.”

King was second in the 100, and Boschma won the 100 and 300 hurdles. Then the Tigers 4x400 relay team won in 4:09.49. It wasn’t the school record, but it was just the second time that they have run under 4:10, giving Harder and the rest of the sprinters cause for celebration.

“They all push each other,” Howard said. “It was a wonderful time. Just incredible.”

On the boys side, Y-C scored 60.5 points. Mike Wittenbrug won the 1500, and Ryan Braden won the high jump with a mark of 6-04.24 — a personal best by four inches and the second best mark in the state this spring.

Notes: Dayton’s Kevin Castillo won the boys shot put with a mark of 48-02. … Lindsay McShane of Amity won the girls shot put with a throw of 36-0.5. … Amity was third on the boys side with 67 team points. Dayton was fifth and Willamina sixth. … On the girls side, Dayton was fourth, Willamina was fifth and Amity sixth.

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