By NR Staff • 

Split track racing in Tigard

TIGARD – With the prestigious Oregon Relays in Eugene on the horizon, the McMinnville track and field teams split a Class 6A Pacific Conference dual meet with Tigard on Wednesday.

The Mac girls improved to 3-0 in Pacific Conference dual competition with a 79.5-65.5 win over the Tigers. In the boys’ team competition, Tigard defeated the Grizzlies, 85.5-59.5.

Minor injuries, according to McMinnville coach Vic Downs, factored into the team’s plan for the meet, as hurdler/jumper Tanner Scanlon, distance runner Nic McDaniel and others were unable to compete.

“It’s been kind of tough,” Downs said. “We’re trying to patch them together but some people couldn’t go today.”

In the girls’ competition, senior Annika Nyquist and junior Taylor Petersen each won an individual event and contributed to the Grizzlies’ relay sweep. Nyquist won the 200 meters (27.78 seconds), and Petersen won the 400 meters (1:01.96); the two joined up with Elizabeth Logsdon and Arisa Larmay to win the 4x400-meter relay (4:16.95).

“Annika Nyquist was really tough today,” Downs said. “She’s just been doing great.”

Mac freshman Alexia Valdez edged out Nyquist in the girls’ 100, clocking 13.49 seconds to Nyquist’s 13.55. Montanna Gubrud, Logsdon, Meagan Grasley and Larmay combined to win the 4x100-meter relay in 52.03.

Sophomore Whitney Rich continued her strong season with a victory at 1,500 meters, finishing nine seconds before Hannaly Duff-McGaughey of Tigard in 5:08.97.

“Whitney had an amazing meet,” Downs said. “The whole plan was for Whit just to cruise through the 1,500 and kick it at the end – not to run it fast because she has two big races this weekend. She got out and kicked it in at the finish and ran a season-best. She wasn’t even breathing hard.”

In the field events, Lucy Bellville won the high jump with a leap of 4-10, and sophomore Jessica Noyes won the pole vault with a personal-best clearance of 9-6.

“She was so happy about it she could hardly contain herself as she was attempting 9-9,” Downs said of Noyes. “She was just excited to break (nine feet). She did really well. I was pumped for her.”

Senior Dakota Buhler won the long jump with a leap of 16-1.5 and finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 33-8.

In the boys’ competition, Tigard swept the track events but McMinnville found success in the field. Senior Tim Tatton was the Grizzlies’ lone double winner, walking away with first place in the shot put (43-11.5) and the discus throw (148-7).

Junior Noah Daugherty won the javelin throw with a mark of 159-6, 25 feet further than that of teammate and event runner-up Luke Mannix. Senior Jesse Kinion cleared 5-6 in the high jump to win that event.

McMinnville seniors Nathan Clevenger, Brandon Parks and David Ingham combined on a 1-2-3 finish in the triple jump. Clevenger recorded a mark of 41-1.25, followed by Parks’ 40-3 and Ingham’s 39-5.

“All of them got PRs,” Downs said. “The triple jumpers were on fire today.”

The Grizzlies will be competing at the Oregon Relays, held at Hayward Field in Eugene, today and tomorrow. The McMinnville Invitational will be held at Wortman Stadium on Friday, Apr. 25, at 3 p.m.

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