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May 23, 2014
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Tigers earn medals on first day of state meet

Douglas High’s Marshall McKown and Lindsey Adams turned in school record performances to earn third-place medals Friday on the opening day of the NIAA State Track and Field Championships in Carson City.

McKown placed third in the Division I boys shot put with a heave of 55 feet, 7-1/2 inches and Adams took third in the girls 1,600 meters in a time of 5 minutes, 2.35 seconds on an ideal sunny afternoon at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.

McKown improved his own school record by 13 inches with his best throw in the third round. Liberty’s Reno Tuufuli won the event with a throw of 63-6.

In the 1,600, Adams moved into second-place on the backstretch of the final lap and challenged for the lead, however, Centennial senior Sydney Badger shifted into another gear with 150 meters to go and sped home with the gold medal in a time of 4:55.99, followed by Reno freshman Kyra Hunsberger in 4:58.77. Badger took an early lead as she ran the first 400 meters in 1:12 and the passed the midway mark in 2:29.

Adams still improved her personal record by three seconds and surpassed the school record of 5:03.8 set by Michele Trimble in 1985. Last weekend, Adams ran 5:05.35 for first-place at the Northern Division I Region meet to set a stadium record.

Douglas had five other place finishers Friday, including third-place performances from Ian Isherwood in the boys pole vault, Morgan Weston in the girls discus and Olivia Abbott in the girls 400.

Isherwood jumped 14-3 in the pole vault. The junior had a clutch clearance on his third attempt at 14-feet and remained in the gold medal hunt after he cleared his first attempt at 14-3. He bowed out of the competition after three straight misses at 14-6.

Weston logged a throw of 127-11 to place third in the discus. Liberty senior Ashlie Blake won the gold medal with a state meet record throw of 158-5.

Abbott placed third in the 400 with a time of 58.02 that was just .24 slower than the school record she set one week before at the region meet.

Jessa Gansberg placed fifth in the girls long jump with a mark of 16-9-1/4. The Tigers’ also finished seventh in the 4x100 relay as the quartet of Brandon Harmon, Dawson Coman, Bailey Vidaurri and Nick Abreu ran 43.47.

The meet continues Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at Carson High School.

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