Lindsey Adams wasted no time Saturday when the gun went off for the girls 800 meters race at Douglas High School’s Big George Invitational track and field meet.
The Douglas junior charged right to the front and never looked back on her way to winning in a meet, stadium and school record time of 2 minutes, 16.99 seconds to provide one of many highlights for the host Tigers on a blustery day. Nobody was within striking distance when Adams passed the first lap in a blistering 64 seconds. At the finish, she beat the previous school record of 2:17.97 set in 2009 by Cara Dunkelman as well as the meet and stadium records of 2:18.97 set the same year by Lauren Matthews of Damonte Ranch.
“That was just an awesome effort,” Douglas coach Jim Abbott said. “She had nobody pushing her and had the wind in her face on the backstretch, she really ran well.”
Adams came back a short time later to place second in the 3,200 and help the Douglas girls in their come-from-behind effort to edge Carson for the team championship, 134-121.
Meanwhile, the Douglas boys won their team championship by a 153-117 margin over Galena, while Carson finished third with 88.5.
Nick Abreu had a busy and successful day for the Douglas boys, as the junior ran anchor for the Tigers’ first-place 4x100 relay team to go with his second-place performances in the pole vault and long jump, plus third-place in the 100 meters with a personal record time of 11.18.
Within a span of less than an hour, Abreu logged a personal best mark of 20-10 in the long jump, cleared 13-6 in the pole vault, then combined with Brandon Harmon, Dawson Coman and Bailey Vidaurri to win the 4x100 (44.37).
“It was a hectic day, but a good one, probably my best of the season,” Abreu said, adding with a laugh. “I’m definitely ready for some sleep.”
Abreu cleared a personal best height of 13-7 in the pole vault Tuesday during a league meet at Reno High School and came back Saturday to show some strength and stamina. He hustled from the long jump to the pole vault to take his successful jump at 13-6 in a strong cross-wind.
“I was happy with that jump ... those were tough conditions,” he said.
Douglas rallied after trailing Carson by a double-digit margin in the team scoring midway through the meet. The Tigers received a big boost from 21 points in the 800. Then Olivia Abbott ran a personal best 26.42 to place second in the 200. The Douglas girls capped off their day by winning the 4x400 relay (4:14.27) with Abbott, Byrne, Adams and Cote.
Abbott also ran a strong anchor leg for the Tigers’ second-place 4x800 relay team (1:49.58), which also included Lizzy Byrne, Jessa Gansberg and Desiree Lehrke. Earlier, the Tigers won the 4x800 relay (10:28.47) with Mizuki Oliverez, Rebecca Corbett, Madison Cote and Moriah Munyan.
The discus developed into a duel in which juniors Lauren Heyn of Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.) and Morgan Weston of Douglas went 1-2 respectively. Heyn edged Weston by two feet to win at the Del Oro Invitational (Loomis, Calif.) on April 11 and won the rematch Saturday on her next-to-last throw with a distance of 128-5-1/4. Weston received a slight reprieve from the strong headwind in the fifth round and took the lead with a throw of 119-10. Heyn answered moments later, however, with her season-best and meet-winning throw.
Heyn later won the shot put with a stadium and personal record throw of 39-3-1/2. Another stadium record fell when Wooster’s Alexis Romero won the pole vault at 12-6.
Oliverez placed second in the 800 (2:32.13), Corbett placed seventh (2:40.89) and freshman Nicole Michalik eighth in her first attempt at the distance (2:41.08). Cote (5:47.19) and Corbett (5:50.78) went 2-4 in the 1,600. Byrne (1:02.61) and Amber Taylor (1:03.37) placed third and fourth respectively in the 400, while Catlin Jones ran a personal best 1:04.10 to place sixth.
Maddy Lowe placed fifth in the 300-meter low hurdles (50.79), Sydne Huck sixth (50.94) and Munyan eighth (51.42).
Jessa Gansberg placed third in the triple jump (32-10) and Kylie Memro logged a personal best to place fourth (32-5-1/2). Gansberg placed fifth in the long jump (15-10-1/2) and sixth in the pole vault (8-6).
Samantha Crawford placed fourth in the high jump (4-10). Bailey Gansberg placed seventh in the 200 after running a personal record time of 27.97 in the prelims.
Ian Isherwood cleared 14-0 to win the pole vault, Abreu 13-6 for second-place. Isherwood won it with a successful first jump at 14-feet in which he made an adjustment on top of the bar and then spun over the top. Jackson Kaylor (12-6) and freshman Logan Kyle (11-0) logged personal best jumps to place sixth and seventh respectively.
Douglas went 1-2 in the boys discus as McKown threw 152-3 and Waggoner 146-2. McKown also won the shot put with a heave of 50-7 and Waggoner placed fourth (44-5-1/4).
Coman, Brandon Harmon, Wes Hundley and Vidaurri won the 4x200 relay (1:33.59). Coman clocked a personal best 11.65 in the 100 prelims.
Austin Croxall placed second in the 3,200 (10:38.50) and teammate Brandon Pankey placed fifth (10:50.15).
Connor Lyons placed third in the long jump (20-9) and Eman Montoya fourth in the high jump (5-10).
Grant Dunkelman placed fourth (16.56) in the 110 high hurdles plus he combined with Noah Magrath, Kaleb Morris and Vidaurri to place third in the 4x400 relay (3:34.88).