Marshall McKown and Lindsey Adams converted school record performances into four medals to provide highlights for Douglas High School at the NIAA Track and Field Championships in Carson City.
McKown ended his successful throwing career at Douglas Saturday when he placed second in the Division I boys discus with a school record throw of 173 feet, 10 inches. On Friday. McKown placed third in the shot put with a school record 55-7-1/2 at Carson High School’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
On the track, meanwhile, Adams placed third in both the girls 1,600 and 800 in school record times. The junior ran 5:02.35 Friday then came back Saturday to run 2:14.79 in an 800 race that saw the state record fall and capped off the meet by running strong for a 4x400 relay team that placed fourth.
From a team standpoint, Douglas received the Ingraham Award for the boys state team academic championship with an overall 3.46 grade point average. Douglas also won state academic championships in boys golf (3.76) and baseball (3.61) this spring.
“We have a hard working group of young men that take their academic pursuits and their athletic pursuits seriously,” Douglas coach Jim Abbott said. “I am very proud to be one of their teachers and one of their coaches.”
The Tigers tied Reno for fifth in the girls team scoring with 40 points and the boys finished 10th with 25 points.
Douglas had five other place finishers Friday, including third-place in the boys pole vault by Ian Isherwood (14-3), Olivia Abbott in the girls 400 (58.02) and Morgan Weston (127-11) in the girls discus. The Tigers took seventh in the 4x100 relay as Brandon Harmon, Dawson Coman, Bailey Vidaurri and Nick Abreu ran 43.47, just .05 slower than the school record they set one week before at the region meet. On Saturday, Savannah Haase placed fourth in the girls shot put (36-0-1/4) and Colton Waggoner sixth in the discus (156-3).
Jessa Gansberg placed fifth in the girls long jump (16-9-1/4) and Connor Lyons placed ninth in the boys long jump (19-6-3/4).
Isherwood 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 finished with three straight misses at 14-6.
Weston, a junior, logged her best throw in the fourth round of the discus. She improved on her eighth-place effort of 104-10 at last year’s state meet.
McKown was satisfied with his performance in the discus, which was won by Liberty senior Reno Tuufuli at 179-4 (his season best of 196-10 ranks No. 3 in the nation).
“I laid it all out there and had two big p.r.’s so I thought the weekend was a success,” the Douglas senior said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more; I owe it all to coach Mike (Louisiana, a Carson City coach and 1971 NCAA discus champion at BYU) and my father (Kirk McKown).
“This is just the beginning for me,” McKown said, adding that he is leaning toward signing with NAIA Concordia University (Portland, Ore.). “I’m looking forward to the future.”
McKown took the lead briefly in the second round with a throw of 169-1. Tuufuli moved into first-place moments later with a 169-5 and then unleashed his eventual winning throw in the third round. McKown’s 173-10 came in the final round, a mark that was nine inches better than the school record he set at the region meet.
Tuufuli, who signed with the University of Iowa earlier this month, won the shot put on Friday with a state meet record throw of 63-6-3/4. McKown beat his own school record by more than one foot.
On the track, Adams faced blue chip competition in the girls 1,600 on Friday and again Saturday afternoon in the 800. Centennial senior Sydney Badger, who has signed to run at Michigan, won the 1,600 in 4:55.99 and then ran the 800 in a state meet record 2:10.28.
“Definitely, the competition out there pushed me to run faster,” Adams said after the 800. “Obviously, you always shoot to win, I just happened to be out there at the same time as the state record holder, so the p.r. is winning to me.”
Adams improved her personal record in the 1,600 by three seconds and surpassed the school record of 5:03.8 set by Michele Trimble in 1985. The junior Tiger challenged for the lead on the final lap, however, Badger shifted into another gear with 150 meters to go and sped home with the gold medal.
After running the 800 — and breaking her own school record of 2:16.99 set May 3 at the Big George Invitational — Adams opted not to start the 3,200 an hour later in order to concentrate on a highly competitive 4x400 in which the Tigers clocked a 4:00.52, narrowly missing the school record of 4:00.21 set in 2006. Lizzy Byrne (63.4), Adams (59.2), Amber Taylor (60.3) and Olivia Abbott (57.6) improved their region meet time by four seconds.
Douglas also placed seventh in the girls 4x800 relay as the quartet of Moriah Munyan, Rebecca Corbett, Lizzy Byrne and Madison Cote ran 10:04.36.