Five Tigers win gold at Big George |

Five Tigers win gold at Big George

by Dave Price
Douglas sophomore Kody Gray (right) finishes ahead of Carson's Gabe Gabica in a heat of the boys 100-meter dash Saturday at the Big George Invitational. Gray ran 11.95 seconds for the heat.
Brad Coman

Paced by five individual gold medals, the Douglas Tigers captured the girls team championship on Saturday at their own Big George Invitational track and field meet.

Megan Veil took first-place in the 300-meter low hurdles (47.17) in a time that was only a fraction of a second off the school record she set one week before, while Madison Smalley won the 400 (1:01.50), Addison Gregory in the 3,200 (12:44.92), Kindra Ruckman in the discus (100-3) and Meleeah McKown in the shot put (34-8) on a breezy day at the Big George Athletic Complex.

The Tigers won the girls team title by a 158.5-149 margin over Reed in a meet that brought together teams representing 17 Northern Nevada schools.

Another local highlight was Sierra Lutheran senior Bret Walker, who set a school and personal record in the boys discus with a throw of 144-10 that was good for first-place. The throw improved his previous best by more than four feet and surpassed the school record 143-6 by Zach Ferenz in 2016.

For Douglas, this marked the final tune-up before the Sierra and High Desert league championships on Saturday at Reed High. The top two in each event will join provisional qualifiers from each league to qualify for the region meet on May 12 in Carson City. The state meet will be held May 18-19 in Carson City.

“We have a lot left to show the North,” Douglas coach Kim Tretton said. “Our goal is to peak at regionals and carry that over to state, so we’re looking for more good performances.”

Tretton was pleased with the Big George performances especially since Saturday was Prom Night. “I didn’t hear one complaint from anyone who didn’t want to do an event,” she said. “We have great kids and a great staff, and we had parents who came out to help work the meet.”


Veil and Smalley combined with Sophia Bottino and Kyla Hinnant to take second-place in the 4×200 relay, as the Tigers rand a season-best 1:47.86 that trailed only the gold medal and school record performance set by Dayton (1:46.91). The same Douglas quartet placed second in the 4×100 (51.97).

McKown also placed second in the discus (97-9) behind Ruckman (2017 state qualifier). Ruckman placed fourth (34-5½) and Karla Sanchez fifth (30-2¾) in the shot put.

Bottino placed fourth in the 100 (13.29) and fifth in the 200 (27.21). The senior ran a personal best 26.95 in the 200 prelims and a season-best 13.15 in the 100 prelims. Smalley also placed sixth in the 200 (27.25).

Maya Smith placed second in the 800 (2:28.50) and fourth in the 400 (1:02.77, season best).

In addition to her gold medal in the 3,200, Gregory went out earlier in the day and set a personal best 5:46.61 to place fourth in the 1,600.

Senior Madilynne Cox placed fourth in the long jump (15-11½). Dayton senior Ashley Mason, who anchored the gold medal-winning 4×200 relay team, won the long jump at 17-2.

Isabelle Perkins placed fifth in the 100 hurdles in a personal best 17.49. Patricia Duarte placed third in the triple jump (30-1, season best) and Kayla Provost fourth (30-1, personal best).


Celime Garcia ran a personal best 2:10.15 to place third in the 800, a time that marked a 12-second improvement. And Luke Gansberg ran a personal best 53.72 to place fourth in the 400, plus the junior ran legs for two medal-winning relay teams.

The Tigers placed in three relay races. Race Coman, Brendyn Hoag, Andrew Hawn and Gansberg placed second in the 4×200 relay, just a step behind Reed (1:34.72). Coman, Andrew Hawn, Gansberg and Kody Gray placed third in the 4×100 (45.59). Douglas also placed second in the 4×800 relay (9:07.33) with the team of Brandon Koyama, Matthew Kruse, Cody Jackson and Garcia.

Coman and Hawn placed fifth and sixth in the 100 with respective times of 11.87 and 11.88.

Garret Lenker placed fifth in the long jump (18-11¼, season best) and Nathan Van Wagenen fifth in the triple jump (38-7).

Sierra Lutheran’s Teagan Hansen placed second in the 3,200 (11:00.68) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:52.73, personal best). Peyton Hedwall placed fifth in the discus with a personal best 133-1.

Note: Sierra Lutheran junior Jared Marchegger ran a personal record time of 9:39.10 in his heat of the 3,200 at the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday.