Celio, Smalley pace Douglas qualifiers
Senior Hunter Celio and freshman Madi Smalley were pace-setters for the Douglas High girls Saturday during the Sierra League portion of the Northern 4A Track and Field Championships in Carson City.
Celio captured first-place in the pole vault and Smalley won the 400 meters on a day that saw a range of weather from sunshine to pouring rain. The top two in each event from the Sierra and High Desert leagues, in addition to the five next best marks from both leagues (eight in the distance races), qualified to compete at the region finals this Friday and Saturday at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track & Field Complex.
Celio won the pole vault as she matched her personal best of 10-0. It marked her fourth time over 10 feet this season.
Smalley took first-place in the 400 as she ran 1:00.11 and advanced in the 200 with her fourth-place finish (27.3).
Douglas also turned in third-place performances in the girls 4×200 and 4×400 relays. Sophia Bottino, Kyla Hinnant, Macey Weston and Smalley combined to turn a season-best time of 1:49.20. Maya Smith, Weston, Bottino and Smalley ended their day with a 4:19.1 effort in the 4×400.
Kindra Ruckman placed second in the discus with a throw of 108-6, less than two feet off her personal best set in March at the Fallon Elks Invitational. The junior placed seventh in the event at last year’s region meet.
Smith ran a season-best time of 2:26.86 in a rain-soaked 800 to place fifth and qualify for the finals. The sophomore advanced in the 1,600 when she ran a personal best 5:33.58 to place fifth. She placed fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 800 (2:24.87) at last year’s region finals.
Corie Nalder advanced in the pole vault, where she placed third with an 8-6 clearance that tied her personal best.
Freshman Meleeah McKown also made the cut in the discus with her fifth-place throw of 95-8.
Freshman Addison Gregory ran a personal best 12:41.8 to place sixth in the 3,200 and Bottino ran a personal best 13.11 to place fifth in the 100.
Ruckman and McKown placed fourth and fifth in the shot put with respective marks of 30-9¾ and 30-0½ that fell short of qualifying for the finals.
Kayla Provost placed fifth in the long jump, but missed qualifying with her 15-5½. Bailey Wood ran a personal best 51.27 to place seventh in the 300-meter low hurdles.
Douglas took fourth as a team with 80 points. Bishop Manogue edged Damonte Ranch 126-118 for the team title.