Grizzlies win dual meet track championship
Winning 10 events, McMinnville ran away from the other three teams at the four-way dual meet at Glencoe to finish 2013 7-0 heading into Thursday and Friday’s district meet, held at Tualatin High School.
“We just rolled with the boys and had pretty good performances at the right time.
The McMinnville girls track team finishes the dual meet season 6-1, its only loss to girls dual meet champion Tigard. Wednesday, Mac also beat Tualatin, Hillsboro and Glencoe.
“The girls ran well today,” McMinnville coach Vic Downs said. “We put it together today.”
Downs said the last time the boys team won the dual meet championship was 2002.
Senior Kane Kennedy won the boys 100- and 200- meter sprints, finishing the 100 in 10.98 seconds. It was the third fastest time in the 100 in McMinnville history and only the third time a Mac runner has run sub-11 seconds. Kennedy, who is planning to run the 200, 400 and the short and long relays at the district meet, will not run the 100-meters again in his Mac career. Downs said he wanted to run it Wednesday after not running as fast as he would have liked May 3 at the Jesuit Relays.
“He just couldn’t let it go because he wasn’t going to have another go at it,” Downs said.
Nic McDaniel won the boys 3,000 meters in 9 minutes, 19.53 seconds. Taylor Vicknair won the boys 110-meter hurdles in 15.67. While not as fast as what he ran last week at Jesuit, the time still impressed his coach.
“He looks so good,” Downs said. “Better than ever. The run was clean. It was smooth. It was easy.
“He just moved up to a whole new level (during the offseason).”
Tanner Scanlon and Jermaine Anderson took 1-2 in the 300 hurdles.
The boys 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams both won as well.
In the field events, Tim Tatton won the discus, John Garrow won the pole vault, and Austin Bettis won the triple jump with a mark of 41-10. That was the 10th best in school history and the best mark since 2002.
On the girls side, Taylor Petersen finally broke through a barrier in the 400 meters. She has been trying her entire career to run the 400 in less than a minute. Wednesday, she finished in 59.85 to win.
Whitney Rich won the girls 1,500 in 4:59.13, which is the second fastest time in school history and only the third time a Mac girl has ever broke the five-minute barrier.
Mac’s 4x400 relay team finished first, and Dominique Burden won the girls shot put. Farrah Ingebrand was second in the shot put but won the discus with a personal-best throw.
Bethany Mohler won the girls javelin, and Lucy Bellville won the high jump.