Lapping the field
NEWBERG – For its first Class 6A Pacific Conference dual meet of the season, the McMinnville girls track and field team turned in a well-rounded effort.
The Grizzlies trounced Newberg 94-50 to win the dual on the girls side, with the Mac boys falling, 76.5-68.5, to the Tigers Wednesday evening at Newberg High School.
The McMinnville girls won 13 of the 17 contested events, including all but one of the field events, against the Tigers.
“Every event, we were firing on all cylinders,” Grizzlies coach Vic Downs said. “The girls do more with less. They’re really mature. They have some great leaders. They don’t mess around on meet day. They just get after it.”
McMinnville swept the top three shots in the girls’ shot put and discus throw. Sophomore Jalyn Clark-Johnson won the shot put (35 feet, 6 inches), with senior teammates Amber Bonds (30-2.5) and Dominique Burden (30-0.5) right behind her. Bonds set a personal record in the discus with a winning throw of 115-2; Burden finished second in the event (93-1), while Clark-Johnson finished third (85-4).
“Amber has been one of the most improved kids since last year. She’s one of the best discus throwers in the league.
“Jalyn had a PR in the shot – she’s just crushing it. Dominique, you might not hear anybody talk about her, but she’s just really consistent.”
Junior Bethany Mohler threw the javelin 122-8 to edge out Paityn Peterson of Newberg (122-6) for first place, and Jessica Noyes cleared 8-6 to win the pole vault. Senior Dakota Buhler was a double winner, taking the long jump (17-6) and triple jump (33-5.5).
“Now we have two girls (Buhler and sophomore Montanna Gubrud) who are 17-foot and better jumpers,” Downs said. “I don’t know if anybody else has two but we’re pretty loaded that way.”
Sophomore Whitney Rich was a double winner in the 1,500 meters (5 minutes, 13.00 seconds) and the 3,000 meters (11:31.76). Gubrud won the 100-meter hurdles (17.60), senior Annika Nyquist captured the 100-meter dash (13.48) and junior Taylor Petersen added a victory in the 400 (1:01.72).
McMinnville also captured both the 4x100-meter relay (51.90) and the 4x400-meter relay (4:19.50).
In the boys’ competition, the Grizzlies won six events, including two by senior Nic McDaniel (1,500m, 4:11.70; 3,000m, 9:37.50). McDaniel’s victories and junior Tanner Scanlon’s 300-meter hurdles triumph (39.38) were McMinnville’s only victories on the track.
“They just matched up with us poorly,” Downs said. “We have really good throwers but so did they. We have pretty good 800 runners, but so did they. This matchup was really difficult.
“They got us pretty good in the sprints. We just couldn’t win a sprint. They unleased on us in the relay and that kind of took us out.”
Scanlon also took first place in the long jump (20-10), and senior Bryce Anderson cleared 6-2 to win the high jump. Tim Tatton (159-4) and David Ingham (126-7) finished first and second in the discus throw, respectively.
“Tim gets all the headlines but David does all the dirty work behind Tim,” Downs said. “He scored four points in that and also does the triple jump and he’s kind of decent in the triple jump. He’s kind of an all-around athlete and someone who doesn’t get a lot of attention.”
The Grizzlies host Forest Grove for a Pacific Conference dual meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Wortman Stadium.