Record day in discus for McKown
March 25, 2014
Douglas High School senior Marshall McKown had a weekend to remember.
First, McKown won the Mr. DHS contest on Friday night, aided by his talent with a fiddle. No time was taken to rest, either, because he returned to competition Saturday morning and broke the school's boys discus record during a three-way Northern Division I track and field meet at Spanish Springs.
McKown unleashed a throw of 171-feet, 5-inches to improve his personal record by more than four feet and surpass the school record of 168-9 set by Joel Sharpe in 1993.
Douglas had plenty to write home about overall, especially in the throws. The Tigers went 1-2 in the boys discus with McKown and fellow senior Colton Waggoner, who improved his personal best by nearly six feet with a throw of 155-4-1/2. Meanwhile, junior Morgan Weston won the girls discus with a mark of 120-6 that improved her personal record by nearly seven feet. McKown, Waggoner and Weston were all state meet qualifiers last year.
Another meet highlight for Douglas came in the boys pole vault, where the Tigers swept the top four places. Ian Isherwood jumped 12-6-1/4 for first-place, while Nick Abreu took second at 11-6, followed by sophomores Griffin Frensdorff and Ben Nolting at 10-0.
On the track, Lindsey Adams won the girls 1,600 with a time of 5:18.0 that was less than two seconds off the personal best she set while winning at last year's region meet. Olivia Abbott won the girls 400 with a 1:00.2 clocking. Sophomore Maddy Lowe was a double winner with times of 17.44 in the 100-meter hurdles and 50.21 in the 300 lows.
On the boys side, Nolan Greth placed second in the 800 in 2:10, a lifetime best by 15 seconds, while sophomore Kaleb Morris ran a lifetime best 2:10.8 for third-place. Morris also placed third in the 400 with a dash of 54.7.
Jessa Gansberg collected two second-place finishes as she went 33-4-1/2 in the triple jump and a personal best 14-11-1/2 in the long jump. Amber Taylor placed third in the long jump (14-9), and Bailey Gansberg fourth in the triple jump (31-2).
There were some highlights from the freshmen as well, including Cade Pankey's 38-10 in the boys triple jump and Desiree Lerke's 28.2 for second-place in the girls 200.
The Tigers compete again Saturday at the 22nd annual Thunder Invitational hosted by Rocklin High School in Rocklin, Calif. The meet starts at 9 a.m.