Tigers off to promising start
March 18, 2014
A mix of young and old provided highlights Saturday for the Douglas High track and field team in its season-opening Northern Division I meet at home.
The Tigers' girls captured second-place, trailing only Damonte Ranch by a 90-82 score, while the boys took third-place with 66 points during the four-way meet on an ideal spring day at the Big George Athletic Complex.
Scoring points wasn't so much the objective, however, as the Douglas coaches used the meet as a stepping stone to prepare their squad of 112 athletes for the rest of the season.
"This being the first meet, I'd say it was all a highlight," said Kim Tretton, head coach of the girls squad. "For a lot of these kids, it was their first time at a track meet and I can't think of a single kid who didn't do what we asked when we asked them to do it. They all worked really hard and they really rallied together, so it was a pretty good day."
Returning state meet veterans Lindsey Adams and Marshall McKown combined to win five events on the day.
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Adams was a triple winner in the girls middle and distance races. The junior won the 400 in a time of 1:01.00 then cruised to first-place in the 800 (2:33.17) and 3,200 (12:10.81). Adams is the defending region champion in both the 800 and 1,600.
And in the throws, McKown won the boys shot put with a heave of 52-5 then came back to win the discus with a personal record effort of 167-3 (see related story). McKown is the defending region discus champion.
Douglas also edged Damonte Ranch for first-place in the girls 4×200 relay as the team of Jessa Gansberg, Olivia Abbott, Bailey Gansberg and Lizzy Byrne clocked a fast season-opening time of 1:51.33.
"I think we had really good leadership out here from our veterans," Tretton said. "A lot of our relay teams were a mix of veteran kids and freshmen and they did great."
Moriah Munyan won the girls 1,600 in 5:42.17 and later ran 13:11.24 to place third in the 3,200.
Morgan Weston, another state meet veteran, won the girls discus with a throw of 101-11. Weston also threw 28-8 for second-place in the shot put.
Douglas placed second in the boys 4×200 in 1:35.95 with the team of Brandon Harmon, Wes Hundley, Eman Montoya and Emilio Magana.
There were some highlights from a talented group of young athletes.
Freshman Desiree Lerke and sophomore Bailey Gansberg placed third and fourth in the girls 100 with respective times of 13.41 and 13.72. Sophomore Maddy Lowe also placed second in the girls 100-meter hurdles in 18.0.
Freshman Dawson Coman placed fifth in both the boys 100 in a personal record 11.86 and 200 in 23.96 and ran a 56.30 split in the 4×400 relay. Melhus also placed second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a 45.01 clocking.
"We're training right now," Tretton said. "We weren't looking for p.r.'s; we had pretty simple expectations for the kids today and they fulfilled those. And now we get back to work Monday and start some more expectations for next weekend."
The Tigers compete in another conference this Saturday at Spanish Springs.