Mac girls track claims dual meet championship
With depth and breadth, the McMinnville girls track and field team has taken on all comers in the Class 6A Pacific Conference and beaten them all.
In a four-team meet with Glencoe, Hillsboro and Tualatin Wednesday afternoon at Wortman Stadium, the Grizzlies won in dual meet scoring against all three teams to claim the Pacific Conference dual meet title.
Mac defeated Tualatin 79-66, Hillsboro 76-68 and Glencoe 93-52. The win against the Spartans was especially important because Hillsboro entered the meet undefeated in duals.
“We were putting that as a priority because there was a lot on the line,” Mac coach Vic Downs said. “The girls were very focused on that. We were strategic too about competing against Hillsboro. The girls were amazing.”
The Grizzly boys defeated Glencoe 101.33-43.66, Hillsboro 80-65 and Tualatin 85.33-58.66. McMinnville finished its dual meet season 5-2, with losses to Tigard and Newberg.
“I think Tigard, Newberg, McMinnville, we’re all pretty good, solid teams, looking forward to next week,” Downs said. “To tell the truth, our boys’ team is really a state meet team.”
Senior Tim Tatton swept the boys’ discus throw (156-5), javelin throw (180-7) and shot put (52-6.5), notching a four-foot personal best in the shot put.
Senior Lucy Bellville cleared 5-2 to win the girls’ high jump, and sophomore Jalyn Clark-Johnson put the shot 33-4 to win that event. Senior Nathan Clevenger won the boys’ triple jump in a personal-best 41-10.
“We decided for the next week that we would not refer to the team as McMinnville track and field,” Downs said. “We decided to refer to them as McMinnville field and track. (The field event athletes) were tough today. Really solid.”
On the track, sophomore Whitney Rich and freshman Ally Legard both went 1-3 in the girls’ 800 and the girls’ 1,500 meters. Rich won the 800 in 2 minutes, 25.09 seconds, while Legard clocked 2:27.08; in the 1,500, Rich’s time was 5:04.45 and Legard’s time was 5:06.75.
In the boys’ 800, Mac sophomore Devon Wilson set a four-minute personal best, clocking 2:04.73 and taking second place.
Sheridan also participated in the event but did not enter a scored dual. Spartans junior Mackenzie Hall finished second in the high jump, clearing 5-0, while junior Payton James cleared 11-6 for first place in the pole vault.