Even at the end of a hot Saturday afternoon, Douglas High School’s Lindsey Adams and Olivia Abbott had enough left in the tank for one more big race at the Northern Division I Region Track and Field Championships in Carson City.
The two Douglas juniors combined with sophomore Lizzy Byrne and senior Amber Taylor to win the girls 4x400 relay and cap a big day in which the Tigers’ girls team captured second-place at Carson High School’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
Abbott ran a 58.3-second anchor leg to turn back Damonte Ranch in a closely contested race that was decided inside the final 100 meters. Byrne (1:02.97), Adams (1:01.24), Taylor (1:01.32) and Abbott finished the race in 4:04.35, a season-best for the team.
Their performance was important since Douglas only trailed Damonte Ranch by nine points coming into the last race of the day. With 10 points for taking first-place in the relay the Tigers put themselves in position to move up, however, Damonte Ranch finished second to clinch its title by a 110-103 count.
“It was a team effort,” Abbott said of the relay victory. “We all ran our hardest. And Lindsey, running the 1,600, 800, 3,200 and then the relay, she just ran fabulous.”
Adams scored 28 individual points with first-place finishes in the 1,600 and 800 and second-place in the 3,200. The junior set two stadium records: 5:05.35 in the 1,600 and 2:18.71 in the 800. She ran the 800, 3,200 and 4x400 all within a span of 70 minutes.
The top three finishers in each event qualified for the NIAA State Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Carson City.
Abbott’s effort in the 4x400 was impressive considering she had already run a school record time of 57.78 to place second in the 400 meters and came back to place seventh in the 200 (27.26). In the relay race, Abbott took the baton in a virtual dead heat for the lead with Damonte Ranch, while Reno was just a step behind in third-place.
“I had just run a tough 400, so coming back was a struggle,” said Abbott, who surged into the lead with less than 100 meters to go. “It was pretty exciting. I got the baton and she (Caylie Calder of Damonte Ranch) pulled ahead of me. I tried to pass her (on the backstretch) and couldn’t, so I just sat back and waited. I kept telling myself, ‘I’ll get her at the end, I’ll get her at the end,’ and I did.”
Adams followed a similar strategy to win the 1,600 and 800 races. Reno freshman Kyra Hunsberger set a fast pace from the start in both the 1,600 and 800, however, Adams ran off her shoulder and surged into the lead coming around the final turn both times.
“We always push each other,” Adams said of Hunsberger. “I like working off people so when she went out and took the lead, I just wanted to wait until the last 100 (meters) to make my move.”
One of the top performances of the day for Douglas came in the long jump pit, where Jessa Gansberg soared to a school record 17-7-1/2 for second-place. Gansberg secured the record and state meet berth on her final jump. Her previous personal best had been 16-1-3/4.
A series of fouls on her earlier jumps prevented Gansberg from putting up a big mark, and possibly taking the lead from Wooster’s Nala Payton, who won the event at 17-11.
“Jessa looked amazing on the runway. All of her jumps were big jumps. The wind was just pushing at her back, but on that last jump, she made an adjustment (on her approach),” said Kim Tretton, who coaches the Douglas jumpers. “I’m sure she has more of those left for next week (at state); she has an 18-footer in her.”
The previous school record of 17-4-1/2 was set by Jessica Gorton in 2008.
Morgan Weston won the girls discus with a personal record throw of 131-3. And junior Savannah Haase placed second in the shot put with a throw of 36-6-1/4, more than two feet better than her previous personal record (she has improved by seven feet since last season).
Jessa and Bailey Gansberg combined with Abbott and Byrne to set a school record in the 4x200 relay with their fifth-place effort of 1:47.66. The previous record of 1:47.9 was set in 1993.
Douglas had another school record within reach when the 4x800 relay quartet of Moriah Munyan (2:35), Rebecca Corbett (2:30), Mizuki Olivera (2:24) and Madison Cote (2:23) placed second in a time of 9:55.26, less than one second behind Damonte Ranch and seven seconds off the school record. Olivera also placed fifth in the 800 (2:31.30).
“They had an awesome race,” Douglas coach Jim Abbott said of the relay team. “Mizuki ran her fastest time by eight seconds and Madison ran her fastest time by almost nine seconds. They all ran great.”
Ian Isherwood soared to a personal best height of 14-6 to win the pole vault while Marshall McKown broke his own school record in the discus with a throw of 173-1 to help Douglas take third as a team with 72 points.
Douglas ran to third-place in the 4x100 relay when Brandon Harmon, Dawson Coman, Bailey Vidaurri and Nick Abreu ran a school record time of 43.42. Abreu and Vidaurri were members of the Tigers’ team that set the previous record of 43.54 in 2013.
McKown and Colton Waggoner went 1-2 in the discus to score 18 points that temporarily put Douglas into a tie for first-place with McQueen, 59-59. McKown had his best throw in the final round as he broke the school record for the third time this season (his previous best was 171-10).
Isherwood’s personal best jump enabled him to outlast Wooster’s Zachary Arbogast to win their pole vault duel. Abreu also placed fourth at 13-6.
McKown also placed second in the shot put at 51-8-3/4. Connor Lyons went 20-11-1/2 on his final attempt of the long jump to take third-place.
The 4x200 team of Coman, Harmon, Wes Hundley and Vidaurri ran 1:31.87 to place fourth.
McQueen scored 164 points to win the team title ahead of runner-up Reno with 80.