Sports Today: Douglas track shines at Damonte Ranch

In the final conference meet of the season, the Douglas track team got a little experimental, shifting some athletes to new events and giving others a chance to step up on different relay teams.

Junior Sarah Hartley made an impressive season debut, winning the 100 with a time of 12.7 seconds, and winning the 200 in 27.1 seconds.

She led the 400 and was running a sub-60-second pace before her leg cramped up about 30-yards away from the finish. She wound up stumbling across the finish line without placing, but still it served as a loud statement to the rest of the region.

Alicia Sturgess won the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:23 and won the high jump with a leap of five feet.

She teamed with Skylar Young, Jessica Gorton and Nicole Mehrer to win the 4x400 in a time of 4:10.

Gorton went on to win the long jump (15-11) and the high jump (34-2) and took third in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 18 seconds flat.

On the boys' side, junior Luke Wartgow had an impressive showing in the discus, tossing a personal best of 132 feet, 11 inches to take third place. The throw beat his previous best by 11 feet.

"He was watching a kid at Chico last weekend throw 180 feet," Douglas coach Rick Brown said. "He really learned a lot just from watching him. He really has a shot, if he keeps improving these last few weeks, to turn some heads at the regionals. He's been putting in a lot of hard work and it's nice to see that starting to pay off."

Michael Banks made his season debut in the 110 high hurdles, taking fourth with a time of 17.1 and Brad Boyd took third in the 800 with a time of 2:08.

The boys 4x800 team finished second but was disqualified because one of its athletes was wearing jewelry.

Derrick Jenkins placed in the top three in the high jump with a leap of 5-8.


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