Douglas track to open season on Saturday |

Douglas track to open season on Saturday

Douglas High School assistant track and field coach Jennifer Auchenbach works with throwers Saturday morning during the first official day of practice at Big George AThletic Complex. The Tigers open their season on March 12 with a conference meet at Carson.
Brad Coman |

With a turnout of more than 100 athletes listed on its roster, the Douglas High track and field team will open its season Saturday at a three-way Northern Division I conference meet in Carson City.

Wooster, Douglas and host-Carson will be on hand for the meet, which gets underway at 9 a.m. at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track & Field Complex. This will be the same site where the region and state meets will be held in May.

Douglas has a new look on its coaching staff as long-time assistant Shannon Dry takes over as head coach of the boys team. Kim Tretton returns as head coach of the girls team. Rounding out the staff are Wade Meddles, Jennifer Auchenbach, John Steinman and Kurt Lundergreen.

A glance at the Tigers’ roster shows a considerable amount of youth. Nearly 30 of the girls and boys are freshmen and more than 20 are sophomores.

Among the returnees are six runners from boys 4×100 and 4×800 relay teams that qualified for the state meet last year. Dawson Coman, Koby Hinnant and Joshua Gurule are back from a 4×100 team that clocked a regional time of 43.93. Kaleb Morris, Nolan Greth and John Munyan are back from a 4×800 team that placed seventh at state with an 8:13.35 clocking.

On the girls side, Kyla Hinnant and Lizzy Byrne are returnees from a 4×400 team that qualified for state last year.

Morris (2:02.12 for 800 meters) and Munyan (4:34.37 for 1,600) are part of a strong middle and distance running group. Coman placed ninth at last year’s region meet in the 100 and 200 (his personal best times are 11.40 and 23.28).

In the boys field events, Cade Pankey placed eighth in the triple jump (41-9-1/2) and ninth in the long jump (20-5) at last year’s region meet, while Ben Nolting placed eighth in the high jump (his season best was 6-0-3/4).

The team’s first major test on the schedule will come March 26 at the 44th annual Fallon Elks Invitational. Douglas also hosts the Big George Invitational on April 30.