Douglas High seniors Marshall McKown and Colton Waggoner were in a groove Friday night at Del Oro’s 46th annual Del Oro Invitational track and field meet in Loomis, Calif.
McKown was a double winner in the boys throws, breaking school and personal records in both the shot put (54-4-1/2) and discus (171-10). Waggoner also set personal records in both events as he placed third in the discus (158-1) and fifth in the shot put (45-11-1/2) to lead a parade of highlights for Douglas during a meet that attracted 25 schools from around the Sacramento area and Northern Nevada.
The Douglas girls track and field team captured third-place with 36.2 points, behind only Monterey Trail (Elk Grove, Calif.) with 105 and host-Del Oro with 55.2. Meanwhile, the Douglas boys finished a strong fourth with 41 points, behind Del Oro (55.3), Monterey Trail (45) and Folsom (42).
McKown’s discus mark broke his own school record by five inches and the shot put distance was a 14-inch improvement over the school record he set in 2013. The discus featured a close competition between McKown and Folsom sophomore Jonah Williams, who placed second with a throw of 169-5 (The 6-foot-4 Williams broke his school record with a throw of 171-2-1/4 the previous week).
Waggoner’s distance in the discus was a personal record by nearly three feet. His shot put mark was an improvement of nearly two feet over the personal record he set on March 29 at the Fallon Elks Invitational.
Another showcase event at the meet was the boys pole vault, where Douglas juniors Nick Abreu and Ian Isherwood placed fourth and fifth respectively in a spirited competition that saw the top five competitors clear 13 feet. Abreu and Isherwood both cleared 13-0 to equal their personal bests.
Del Oro sophomore Jacob Bowler won the event at 14-6. Nathan Heck of Fallon, the Division I-A state runner-up last year, placed second with a personal record jump of 14-0, and Del Oro freshman Lance Huber cleared 13-6 for to take third. The success of Del Oro’s young vaulters is no surprise since both are coached by Curt Roth, whose son, Scott, was a three-time NCAA champion for the University of Washington and third-place finisher at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Bowler qualified for the 2013 California state meet with a 15-1 jump.
Lindsey Adams won the girls mile run in a time of 5:11.23 that ranks among the fastest all-time at Douglas. The fastest time by a Douglas girl for 1,600 meters (9 meters short of one mile) is 5:03.8 run by Michele Trimble in 1985.
Junior Morgan Weston placed second in the discus — two feet behind Del Oro standout Laura Heyn — and sixth in the shot put (33-5-1/4).
The Tigers placed third in the 4x400 relay as the team of Lizzy Byrne, Amber Taylor, Adams and Abbott ran 4:10.38. Abbott also placed sixth in the 400 (1:01.26).
Jessa Gansberg placed eighth in the 200 (28.55) and seventh in the triple jump (31-9). The senior ran even faster in the 200 prelims (28.15).
Samantha Crawford tied for sixth in the high jump (4-10) and Maddy Lowe ran to ninth-place in the 300-meter low hurdles (51.66). Freshman Desiree Lehrke ran a personal best 13.20 in the 100.
Kylie Memro placed second in the frosh-soph division girls triple jump (30-5).
The Tigers placed fifth in the 4x100 relay as the quartet of Jared Mora, Dawson Coman, Bailey Vidaurri and Abreu combined to clock a 44.59. Abreu qualified for the finals of the 100-meter dash and placed sixth in 11.46.
Sophomore Kaleb Morris ran a personal record time of 2:02.86 for ninth-place in the 800. Nolan Greth ran a non-placing 2:07.52, a personal best by nearly three seconds.
Brandon Harmon placed fourth in the high jump with a 5-8 clearance. Sophomore Ben Nolting placed sixth in the frosh-soph boys high jump with a personal record neight of 5-10.
In the 4x400 relay, the Tigers placed seventh (3:37.39) with the team of Cade Pankey, Greth, Nolan McGrath and Morris. McGrath, a sophomore, ran a personal best time of 54.11 in the 400 earlier in the day.
Connor Lyons placed seventh in the long jump (19-3-1/2).
Austin Croxall didn’t score, however, the junior ran personal best times of 4:45.31 for one mile and 9:35.29 for 3,000 meters (1.8 miles).