An ever-improving Douglas High track and field squad surged to several personal records and one school record Saturday at the Carson Invitational.
With the homestretch of the season drawing near — including the 24-team Big George Invitational this Saturday at Douglas, followed by the regional and state meets — the Douglas boys won their second invitational in as many weeks and the girls finished fourth in a meet that attracted 21 schools. Douglas won the boys team championship by a 114-94.5 margin over host-Carson and the girls finished with 84 points at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
Marshall McKown was a double winner in the boys throws and improved his own school record in the shot put with a heave of 54-6-1/4. The senior’s throw was nearly two inches further than his previous best set two weeks before.
McKown also captured first-place against a strong discus field with his throw of 169-11.
The quartet of Jared Mora, Dawson Coman, Bailey Vidaurri and Nick Abreu won the boys 4x100 relay in a season-best time of 43.80. Abreu also ran a season-best 11.30 to place third in the 100 meters and Coman, a freshman, clocked a personal record 11.70.
Ian Isherwood turned in a strong performance in the pole vault as he cleared 14-feet for first-place. The junior cleared a lifetime best height of 14-3 one week before to win at the Comstock Classic.
Connor Lyons placed second in the long jump when he flew to a personal record 21-3-1/2, more than five inches better than his previous best set one week before at Carson’s Comstock Classic. Lyons trailed only the 22-8-1/4 effort by Anthony Hankins of North Valleys.
“He’s really starting to click in the long jump,” Douglas jumps coach Kim Tretton said of Lyons. “Every week he gets better and better. I think he’s ready for a 22-foot jump.”
Junior Austin Croxall ran a personal best time of 10:26.18 to place second in the 3,200. Earlier in the day he ran to third-place in the 1,600 (4:45.65).
The Tigers received some big performance from their younger athletes.
Sophomore Noah Magrath ran a lifetime best 53.80 to place fifth in the 400. Sophomore Kaleb Morris placed fourth in the 800 in 2:05.70. Freshman Cade Pankey broke the 40-foot plateau in the triple jump to place fifth (40-3-1/4).
“Cade jumping 40 feet as a freshman, that’s huge,” Tretton said of Pankey.
Vidaurri placed fifth in the 200 (23.50), Grant Dunkelman sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.59) and 300 intermediate hurdles (44.30), Colton Waggoner fifth in the discus (151-10) and Abreu seventh in the long jump (20-5-1/2).
Morgan Weston posted an impressive victory in the discus when she threw a personal record 124-8 to outdistance Dayton standout Kaylee Turner in the same ring where the region and state meets will be held in May. Turner, the Division I-A state runner-up last year, finished second at 113-6.
Lindsey Adams cruised to first-place in the 1,600 in 5:25.38. The junior also combined with Amber Taylor, Byrne and Abbott to place second in the 4x400 relay in 4:15.49.
Olivia Abbott ran a season-best time of 59.60 in the 400 to place second in a close duel against Carson freshman ValerieSue Meyer (59.20).
Abbott has shown steady improvement during her comeback after an ankle stress fracture in the fall ended her cross country season and limited her training into the spring. Her goal is to improve on the girls 400 school record of 58.40 she set at last year’s state meet.
“It was a really exciting meet for me,” the junior said. “I’ve gradually been building up my strength and this was a good marker to see where I am right now.”
Abbott also contributed to the Tigers’ third-place performance in the 4x200 relay in a season-best time of 1:48.60. Jessa Gansberg, Lizzy Byrne and Desiree Lehrke also ran on the team.
Junior Savannah Haase logged a personal best in the discus with her throw of 103-4 to take fourth-place.
Madison Cote and Rebecca Corbett placed fourth and sixth in the 800 with respective times of 2:35.08 and 2:38.60. Cote placed sixth in the 1,600 (5:45.20).
Samantha Crawford placed fourth in the high jump (4-10), Jessa Gansberg placed fourth in the long jump (15-7) and Catlin Jones ran a lifetime best 1:04.72 to place sixth in the 400. Maddy Lowe placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.22).