By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Red and black attack Westview’s track

Robert Husseman/News-RegisterMcMinnville senior Tim Tatton won the discus throw (159 feet, 1 inch) and finished second in the javelin throw (173-5) at the Westview Team Challenge, held Friday at Westview High School in Portland.
Robert Husseman/News-Register
McMinnville senior Tim Tatton won the discus throw (159 feet, 1 inch) and finished second in the javelin throw (173-5) at the Westview Team Challenge, held Friday at Westview High School in Portland.

PORTLAND – Tanner Scanlon set a school record in the 300-meter hurdles, Dakota Buhler continued her excellent season in the horizontal jumps and McMinnville track and field claimed a pair of third-place finishes at the Westview Team Challenge, hosted by Westview High School on Friday.

Sheldon swept in the team scoring, with 491 points accumulated by the Irish boys and 483.5 points by the girls. Sunset (393.5 points) came in second on the boys’ side, followed by the Grizzlies (370.5), Tigard (347) and host Westview (337).

The Mac girls were narrowly edged out by Clackamas, 396 points to 395.5, for second place. According to Grizzlies coach Vic Downs, a marking discrepancy in the girls’ shot put bumped senior Dominique Burden down from fourth place in the event to fifth; changing that, Downs said, would’ve put McMinnville over the top.

“This happened to us last year (at the Challenge) with the boys,” Downs said. “They thought a Clackamas runner was us on the camera because we have the same colors. That was the difference between us getting second (in the girls’ team standings) and third.

“They weren’t going to change it. You just do whatever you got to do.”

Most of the official marks sat well with Downs, particularly Scanlon’s 300 hurdles time.

The junior finished second to Connor McLean of Clackamas in the race, clocking a school-record 38.95 seconds to better a time set by Doug Rauen in 1979 – “the second-oldest record we have,” according to Downs. Word of Scanlon’s feat reached Rauen himself, and he sent a congratulatory message to Scanlon.

“That’s pretty awesome,” Downs said.

Scanlon added a pair of fourth-place finishes to his full day in the 100-meter dash (11.40 seconds) and the long jump (20 feet, 0.5 inches).

Buhler shook off a disappointing result in the long jump – she finished seventh with an official mark of 15-8.5 – to win the girls’ triple jump with a personal-best mark of 35-1.75, besting Westview’s Reed Richardson by more than six inches.

“It’s an interesting little story because in the long jump she had a great jump and they marked it from the wrong line,” Downs said. “We think she probably would’ve won the event with that jump. She was a little angry about that, little put off about that situation and came back in the triple jump.”

Buhler’s triple jump victory was one of four event wins by individual Grizzlies. Senior Tim Tatton threw the discus 173-5 to win that event on the boys’ side; Tatton and teammate Noah Daugherty finished second (173-5) and fourth (152-11) in the boys’ javelin, respectively.

Senior Bryce Anderson won the boys’ high jump at 6-4 but tried for a 6-8 clearance – which would tie him among the leaders in Class 6A – and came up short. Senior Nic McDaniel posted the only victory for an individual Grizzly on the track when he won the boys’ 1,500 in 4:12.91.

The McMinnville girls accrued a victory in the 4x200 relay, as Arisa Larmay, Kendal Obrist, Alexia Valdez and Meagan Grasley made clean exchanges of the baton during the unusual race and won in 1:51.35.

“The really cool thing about that is, a couple teams made mistakes. They didn’t cut in (to the inside lane of the track) in the right spot,” Downs said. “Our girls were well-coached. They were taught how that was done. That’s why we won it. They were prepared.”

In the girls’ 400 meters, McMinnville’s Taylor Petersen and Clackamas’ Caroline Combs staged a thrilling race. When the dust was settled, Combs edged out Petersen to win, 1:00.33 to 1:00.37.

“We didn’t know who won it, it was that close,” Downs said. “It was a pretty exciting race. All the way around, that last 100, I mean, who knew? (Petersen) ran real solid.”

Mac sophomore Whitney Rich continued her return to form from a leg injury suffered during cross country season, taking fourth place in the girls’ 3,000 (10:58.16). The Grizzlies also earned a fourth-place finish from the girls’ 4x400-meter relay team of Annika Nyquist, Petersen, Ally Legard and Grasley (4:24.50).

Senior Amber Bonds finished her day with a trio of third-place finishes in the shot put (37-0), discus (106-4) and javelin (101-0). Senior Lucy Bellville finished fourth in the high jump, clearing 5-0.

The Team Challenge featured a 4x800-meter relay event, and the McMinnville boys team of Efrain Martinez, Devon Wilson, Liam McKeegan and Darby Ramos finished third in 8:44.23.

Senior Nathan Clevenger jumped a season-best 39-11.5 in the boys’ triple jump, taking fourth place in that event.

McMinnville travels to Tigard on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. dual meet against the Tigers before traveling to Eugene for the Oregon Relays on Friday and Saturday.

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