HIGHLIGHTS for Tigers at Big George | RecordCourier.com

HIGHLIGHTS for Tigers at Big George

Tigers senior Dawson Coman rounds the corner in the 200-meter finals with Fernley's Jadan Rotton this past Saturday at the Big George Invitational at Douglas High.
Brad Coman |

Within a few minutes of each other on Saturday, John Munyan and Logan Kyle provided the Douglas Tigers with gold medal highlights in their respective specialties at the 10th annual Big George Invitational track and field meet.

First, Kyle soared to first-place in the boys pole vault at a lifetime and state best height of 14-6. Next up, Munyan stepped on the track for the boys 1,600 meters and ran a time of 4:30.14 for first-place.

Munyan still had enough fuel left in his tank to double back later in the day and win the 800 in a personal best 2:01.29.

And for good measure, the two seniors accounted for 30 points in those three events — Munyan with 20 and Kyle 10 — to help Douglas capture second-place in the boys team standings on a warm and sunny afternoon at the Big George Athletic Complex. The meet attracted athletes representing 28 schools from Nevada and California.

The Douglas boys compiled 73 points to finish only six behind Reno in the team standings. The title was decided in the final race on the track when the Huskies wrested the team title away on the strength of their second-place finish in the 4×400 relay (the Tigers did not field a 4×400 team).

Douglas captured first-place in the 4×100 relay as Dawson Coman, Sean Wolfkiel, Cade Pankey and Josh Gurule clocked a season-best 44.35.

Munyan’s time in the 1,600 was his fastest at altitude so far this season and not far off the 4:26.69 he ran to win his state title last year in Carson City. Munyan took over the lead before the midway mark and proceeded to pull away from the field as he ran 69 seconds for the third lap and then 64 seconds on the final lap.

Pankey and Coman also logged second-place performances: Pankey in the long jump with a personal record 21-2 and Coman with an 11.57 dash in the 100 meters (he ran 11.39 in the prelims). Both are seniors.

Pankey flew past the 21-foot barrier on his final attempt — “I felt it (21 feet) when I took off; I felt a really good pop,” he said. The distance was eight inches better than his previous personal best set on April 11 at home. He trailed only the winner, Dontell Jackson of Bishop Manogue, who posted a personal record jump of 22-3.

The Tigers also received points from Wolfkiel, who placed third in the triple jump (40-0¾), Coman fourth in the 200 (23.43 in the finals, 23.03 in the prelims) and Pankey sixth in the triple jump (40-0½). The Tigers also placed fifth in the 4×200 relay as Luke Gansberg, Coman, Pankey and Gurule ran 1:34.14.


Douglas also finished second in the girls team standings with 79.5 points, behind only the 96.25 put up by McQueen.

The Tigers capped their day with a win in the 4×400 relay by the quartet of Macey Weston, Maya Smith, Kyla Hinnant and Madi Smalley in 4:17.92.

Three Tigers turned in second-place performances: Hunter Celio in the pole vault (10-0½), Smalley in the 200 (26.71) and Smith in the 800 (2:27.49).

Sophia Bottino, Isabelle Perkins, Patricia Duarte and Faye Fournier combined to place third in the 4×100 relay (53.86). Bottino also placed eighth in the 100 in a personal best time of 13.14.

Meleeah McKown and Kindra Ruckman placed third and fourth respectively in the discus with respective marks of 107-5 and 106-8. They also tied for sixth-place in the shot put with identical marks of 30-0½.

Megan Ruffo ran 5:50.41 to place third in the 1,600, while freshman Addison Gregory clocked a personal record 12:49.48 to place fifth in the 3,200. The 1,600 was won by South Tahoe freshman Carissa Buchholz with a lifetime best 5:19.53 effort that now ranks No. 8 statewide for all divisions.

Kayla Provost also placed fourth in the high jump (4-8) and Corie Nalder sixth in the pole vault (8-0).


Gregory ran to first-place in the girls 1,600 meters Friday night during the Northern 4A Junior Varsity Championships held in Carson City.

Gregory clocked a personal record time of 5:58.82.

Matthew Kruse placed fourth in the boys 1,600 with a lifetime best 5:14.37, while Cody Jackson placed seventh in 5:19.88 and Steven Shaw was 10th in a personal best 5:22.22. All three are freshmen.

Shaw, Jackson, Kruse and Alex Villasenor placed fifth in the 4×800 in 9:58.61.

Sophomore Nathan VanWagener placed third in the 110-meter hurdles (36 inches) with a 17.48 and seventh in the 300-meter low hurdles in 46.49.

Savannah Chapton ran a personal best 2:58.77 to place seventh in the 800.

The Douglas team of Race Coman, Robert Taylor, Keagan Anderson and Kody Gray placed third in the boys 4×200 relay in 1:42.39.

Anderson placed fourth in the boys high jump at 5-4 and Garret Lenker tied for fourth-place in the long jump at 18-6.

Chance Goheen placed sixth in the boys discus with a personal best throw of 101-6.

Haylee Jarjes placed sixth in the girls discus at 68-9.

Douglas finished sixth in the boys team standings with 43.5 points. The girls team finished ninth with 23 points.