Morgan Weston stood tall Saturday when the Douglas Tigers turned in numerous personal record performances at the Northern Division I Region Track and Field Prelims in Carson City.
Weston led all qualifiers in the girls discus with a throw of 129 feet, 9 inches that improved her personal best by five feet. At the same time, the junior moved up to No. 3 on the statewide list for all divisions, according to the Athletic.net website.
Now, the Tigers are primed for their big test this Saturday when the region finals are held at Carson High School’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex. The top three finishers in each event will earn the right to return to Carson on May 23-24 to compete at the state meet.
The Douglas throwers enjoyed a good day overall. Marshall McKown and Colton Waggoner qualified first and second in the boys discus with respective throws of 169-10 and 152-2. McKown also logged the best mark in the shot put (49-9-3/4) and Waggoner had the sixth best (45-4-1/2). Another impressive performance was delivered by Savannah Haase in the girls shot put, as the junior qualified fifth with a heave of 34-7-1/2, an improvement of more than three feet. Weston qualified ninth (31-3-3/4).
Lindsey Adams, the defending region champion in the girls 800 and 1,600, is in position to compete for a repeat. The junior ran the fastest qualifying time in the 1,600 (5:12.57, her fastest this season at altitude). Adams was also one of three Douglas runners who advanced to the 800 final. She ran the second fastest time (2:25.10), while Madison Cote had the sixth fastest time (2:31.22, a personal best) and Mizuki Oliverez the seventh fastest time (2:32.0). Cote had the eighth fastest time in the 1,600 (5:36.83, a personal best).
Olivia Abbott qualified with the second fastest time in the girls 200 (26.52) and third in the 400 (59.99).
One surprise for Douglas came in the girls 300-meter hurldes when Moriah Munyan posted the sixth fastest and personal best time of 50.07. The junior only took up the event three weeks ago.
Caitlin Jones qualified ninth in the 400 with a personal record time of 1:03.12. Desiree Lehrke qualified with the ninth fastest time in the girls 100 (13.34).
Lizzy Byrne, Jessa and Bailey Gansberg and Abbott qualified fourth in the 4x200 (1:48.37).
Jessa Gansberg qualified fifth in the long jump (16-1-3/4), seventh in the triple jump (33-1) and cleared 8-0 in the pole vault.
Samantha Crawford cleared 4-8 to advance in the high jump. Kylie Memro qualified eighth in the triple jump (31-11-3/4).
Nick Abreu and Ian Isherwood were among seven competitors in the pole vault who cleared 12-6. Jackson Kaylor also qualified with his jump at 12-0.
Connor Lyons qualified second in the long jump (20-9-1/2), Eman Montoya seventh (20-0-1/2) and Abreu ninth (19-1-3/4). Lyons also qualified fourth in the triple jump (40-10, a personal best). Montoya was was also one of 10 qualifiers in the high jump at 5-10.
Kaleb Morris qualified seventh in the 800 with a personal best time of 2:02.85 and Austin Croxall qualified seventh in the 1,600 (4:46.22).
In the boys relays, the Tigers’ 4x100 relay quartet of Brandon Harmon, Dawson Coman, Vidaurri and Abreu qualified fifth (44.14). Coman, Harmon, Vidaurri and Wes Hundley qualified fifth (1:33.63) in the 4x200. Grant Dunkelman, Morris, Noah Magrath and Vidaurri qualified with the sixth fastest time in the 4x400 relay (3:40.27).
Abreu qualified with the sixth fastest time in the boys 100 meters (11.39).
Magrath didn’t advance in the 400, however, the sophomore still ran a personal best 53.31.