By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Mac track sweeps Tigers

Tim Tatton, Montanna Gubrud and Whitney Rich all added their names to McMinnville’s top 10 marks in program history in their respective events, and the boys 4x100-meter relay team cruised to the second fastest time in program history and the top mark in the state.

The Grizzlies got the meet started in the 4x100, with senior sprinter Spencer Payne starting the relay. Sprinting with a green cast on his right wrist, Payne edged Newberg’s Andy Tautfest to the first exchange, where he made a perfect handoff to Tanner Scanlon. Scanlon zoomed down the back stretch and made another good exchange with Taylor Vicknair, who carried the baton to Mac speedster, Kane Kennedy. Kennedy had no problem in the home stretch holding off Caleb Johnstone of Newberg.

All the while during the race, Mac coach Vic Downs stood near the finish line cheering each exchange. As Kennedy zoomed down the home stretch, Downs cheered his sprinter on and when Kennedy crossed the finish line, Downs said he thought it was a “really fast time.”

“At least a 43.3,” he said. “That was fast.”

Anticipating the result being announced from the press box, Downs walked down the turf field to stand underneath the box. As Mac’s announcer read the result — 42.92 seconds — Downs straightened his back and leaned back a bit, stunned. He mouthed, “wow,” before smiling and hurrying over to Payne and Kennedy.

Mac’s time was the second fastest in school history, bettering the time Kennedy and Scanlon help set last season at 43.02. It is only the second time in school history that the boys 4x100 has gone below 43 seconds, and they are just a quarter of a second behind the top time of 42.70 set in 2002.

To add to the celebration, it was the fastest time in the state in the 4x100 by 0.35 seconds.

Tatton, who set personal bests in the discus and javelin at the Jim Barks Open before spring break, continued to improve Wednesday with two more strong marks. He won the discus with a mark of 154 feet, 7 inches, and he finished second in the javelin with a throw of 167-11. Both were personal bests and inched Tatton closer to the best marks in school history. He now stands with the fourth best mark in the discus in school history, and he’s third all-time in the javelin. His discus mark was also the best mark in the state so far this season.

McMinnville’s girls team also impressed Wednesday with two freshmen leading the way. Freshman Whitney Rich won the girls 1500-meter run in 5:05.20, moving into eighth place all-time in school history.

In the long jump, freshman Montanna Gubrud won the event by 11 inches with a mark of 16-9. That was good enough for sixth best in school history. It was also nearly two feet better than her previous best, set two weeks ago during the Jim Barks Open.

Notes: For the boys, Payne won the 100 and 200; Nic McDaniel won the 800 and the 1,500; Ronnie Graham won the 3,000; Jermaine Anderson won the 300 hurdles; Taylor Vicknair won the high jump. For the girls, Taylor Petersen won the 100 and 200; The Grizzlies won the 4x100 relay; Bethany Mohler won the javelin; Lucy Bellville won the high jump and the triple jump; Jessica Noyes won the pole vault.

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