By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Mac makes its marks

Nic McDaniel, Tanner Scanlon, Dakota Buhler and Ally Legard can do some damage on the track.

However, as Forest Grove found out Wednesday afternoon at Wortman Stadium, McMinnville is just as good – if not better – in the field.

The Grizzlies’ boys and girls track and field teams swept the field events en route to a Class 6A Pacific Conference dual meet sweep of the Vikings.

The Mac boys won 93-52 over their Forest Grove counterparts, while the girls overwhelmed the Vikings in a 106-39 dual victory.

“It was kind of a quiet meet because we have a big meet at Westview (High School today),” Grizzlies coach Vic Downs said, referring to the eight-team Westview Team Challenge, which begins at 4:15 p.m.

“This is kind of a stepping-stone to that meet. Forest Grove has a meet on Saturday so we’re both looking ahead. We were moving people around so we didn’t wipe people out on Friday.”

Quiet, perhaps. Conditions suggested otherwise, with sun beaming down and an intermittent breeze cooling off contestants. The day was ripe for good times and marks.

Scanlon, a junior, was the lone individual to win three events. He began the day with a long jump of 19 feet, 10.75 inches, leading a 1-2-3 finish with teammates Nathan Clevenger (19-8) and Jesse Kinion (18-10). His last event was the 300-meter hurdles, his specialty, which he handily won in 39.63 seconds.

Scanlon sandwiched in a victory in the 100-meter dash, clocking 11.07 seconds, the seventh-fastest time in Class 6A this year.

The race of the day on the boys’ side was the 1,500 meters, pitting McDaniel against 2013 Pacific Conference cross country champion Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski. The Vikings senior pushed the pace early, with McDaniel attempting to stay on his shoulder.

With 500 meters remaining in the race, McDaniel made his move. The Grizzlies senior passed Lizier-Zmudzinski just before the final lap of the race and powered through to an event-winning time of 4:03.45, the fastest time run in Class 6A this season.

Lizier-Zmudzinski took second in 4:05.96, and McMinnville’s Devon Wilson was third in 4:17.70.

“They were duking it out and Nic separated from him and he never looked back,” Downs said. “You could tell also that he was running away from a very good runner. If he waited till the last 300 (meters) I don’t know if he got a win.”

The Grizzlies also benefited from wins on the track by Cameron Marcom in the 400 (57.01) and Geovany Ruiz in the 3,000 (10:20.20). Renee Resendez, Trustian Hood, Scanlon and Wes Noble combined to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3:36.11.

Mac senior Tim Tatton was a dual winner in the field, setting a personal record in the shot put (47-5) while taking the discus with a throw of 161 feet even. Junior Noah Daugherty won the javelin with a throw of 156-9.

The Grizzlies went 1-2 in the high jump, as Bryce Anderson (6-4) and Kinion (6-0) both broke six feet. Sophomore Micah Steeves cleared 12-3 to win the pole vault, and Clevenger won the triple jump with a leap of 39-2.75.

On the girls’ side, senior Dakota Buhler paced McMinnville with three individual event wins and a leg of the winning 4x100-meter relay. Buhler teamed up with Meagan Grasley, Gubrud and Taylor Petersen to win the relay in 52.15 seconds; Buhler added victories in the 100 (13.33), long jump (16-3) and triple jump (33-6.5) on the day.

Petersen won the 200 in 27.58 seconds, while Gubrud captured the 100-meter hurdles in 17.10. Sophomore Whitney Rich led from start to finish in winning the 1,500 (5:12.36), and freshman Ally Legard set a personal best in winning the 800 (2:29.32).

Sophomore Jalyn Clark-Johnson continued her strong season with a victory in the shot put (35-8), the eighth-best mark in Class 6A to date. Clark-Johnson also finished third in the discus (93-4) behind teammates Amber Bonds (108-4) and Dominique Burden (97-7).

“She’s just improved so much,” Downs said of Clark-Johnson. “She’s really doing pretty well and she has a lot more to go.”

McMinnville teammates Jessica Noyes and Sarah Simpson tied for first place in the pole vault, both clearing 9-0, but Noyes was given first place on account of fewer misses. Freshman Sophia Jague-Seidl won the javelin with a throw of 95-3.

In the high jump, senior Lucy Bellville cleared 5-0 to win the event in her first meet of the season. Bellville had suffered from leg injuries that previously prevented her from competing.

“It’s good to have her back,” Downs said. “She’s one of the best high jumpers in the state.”

After the Westview meet, the Grizzlies will compete at Tigard in a Class 6A Pacific Conference dual scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m.


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