By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Tatton sets school records at Grizzly Bear Open

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville junior Rebecca Noble clears 4 feet, 6 inches in the high jump at the Jim Barks Grizzly Bear Open.
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McMinnville junior Rebecca Noble clears 4 feet, 6 inches in the high jump at the Jim Barks Grizzly Bear Open.
Marcus Larson/News-RegisterMcMinnville s Cameron Marcom (left) and Jesse Kinion (right) place second and third in the first heat of the boys  100-meter dash.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
McMinnville's Cameron Marcom (left) and Jesse Kinion (right) place second and third in the first heat of the boys' 100-meter dash.

McMinnville track and field’s first home meet of the season was a record-setting affair.

Grizzlies senior thrower Tim Tatton broke the school’s discus and javelin throw records at the Jim Barks Grizzly Bear Open, held Thursday at Wortman Stadium. Tatton broke his own discus record (set in 2013) with a throw of 165 feet, 6 inches, to win that event; the mark currently leads the state. He then unleashed a 179-foot, 11-inch javelin throw to break Daniel Harmon’s 2008 school record.

“He’s been looking good in practice and he had (160-foot throws) in practice,” Grizzlies coach Vic Downs said of Tatton. “He was gonna pop it. He put a couple of really good ones right down the middle. He’s just got a nice flat trajectory. He’s got great technique going.”

Tatton also won the shot put (44-4), accounting for three of the 12 events won by McMinnville boys track and field athletes at the Grizzly Bear Open. The Mac girls team accounted for four individual wins at the nine-team event.

Team scores were not kept. St. Mary’s Academy of Portland brought its girls team, and Yamhill-Carlton boys and girls participated in the meet. Also in attendance were Newport, North Marion, Stayton, Central Linn, Vernonia and C.S. Lewis Academy.

On the boys’ side, the Grizzlies fared well in the three middle-distance and distance races. Senior Nic McDaniel won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 57.57 seconds, with fellow senior Wes Noble taking the 1,500 (4:25.59). Sophomore Devon Wilson finished atop the 3,000-meter field in 9:39.98.

Junior Tanner Scanlon was a two-time winner Thursday, running a 41.01-second 300-meter hurdles race for first place and adding a long jump title (19-9). Senior Bryce Anderson, in his first year out for track and field, won the high jump by clearing 6-5, and Micah Steeves’ pole vault of 12 feet even clinched first place in that event.

The Grizzlies were victorious in both sprint relays, as Cameron Marcom, Hunter Abbott, Zach Silver and Clayton Maves won the 4x100-meter relay in 45.77 seconds. Marcom, Noble, Darby Ramos and McDaniel then claimed victory in the 4x400-meter relay (3:37.91).

In the girls’ events, all four McMinnville individual victories came in the field events. Junior Bethany Mohler threw the javelin 123-5 to win that event, and Jessica Noyes set a personal record with a 9-foot pole vault in another win. Sophomore Montanna Gubrud and senior Dakota Buhler were victorious in the long jump (15-4) and triple jump (32-5), respectively.

Among the highlights of the day for Downs were junior Taylor Petersen’s runner-up finish in the 400 (1:02.54) and freshman Ally Legard’s second-place finish in the 800 (2:30.46). The girls’ 800 winner was senior Paige Rice of St. Mary’s (2:27.03), who will run track for Duke next season.

The Yamhill-Carlton girls mile relay team of Sarah King, Kayla Archer, Teagan Roberts and Susie Van De Grift won the event in 4:17.48. King also enjoyed a pair of runner-up finishes in the 100 (13.34) and 200 (27.84).

Tigers senior Ben Tracy had the best event finish among Y-C boys with a second-place showing in the 1,500 (4:31.34).

McMinnville travels to Newberg for a Class 6A Pacific Conference dual meet on April 2 at 4 p.m. Yamhill-Carlton hosts Banks and Astoria in a three-way meet on April 2 at 4 p.m.

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