Girls win Fallon invite title |

Girls win Fallon invite title

Staff Reports
Freshman Desiree Lerke comes out of the blocks Saturday at the Fallon Elks Invitational track and field meet.
Brad Cockman | Record-Courier

Depth paid off for the Douglas High track and field team Saturday during the 42nd annual Fallon Elks Invitational.

Eighteen athletes contributed points to help Douglas secure the girls team title by a 139-106 margin over McQueen. Meanwhile, 19 different Tigers scored for the boys in their second-place performance during competition at Churchill County High School’s Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.

Leading the way for the Douglas girls, Lindsey Adams was a double winner in the 800 and 1,600 meters. Meanwhile, freshman Desiree Lerke dashed to first-place in the 100-meter dash and she ran for the Tigers’ first-place 4×100 relay team.

Adams started out with a first-place run of 5:18.70 in the 1,600 then the junior came back and cruised to first-place in the 800 with a 2:22.90 effort.

To cap off the day, Douglas won the 4×400 relay in 4:18.01 with Adams, Olivia Abbott, Lindsey Byrne and Bailey Gansberg.

Lerke won the 100 with a personal best 13.28 clocking. She also combined with Bailey Gansberg, Sarah Carter and Abbott to win the 4×100 relay in 52.50. Lerke also combined with Maddie Lowe, Lizzy Byrne and Jessa Gansberg to run 1:51.52 for third-place in the 4×200.

Abbott won the 400 in 1:02.05 and came back to place fourth in the girls 200 (28.04).

Morgan Weston won the discus with a throw of 119-1 — three feet better than Yerington’s Kassidy Lommori, the defending state Division III champion — and placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 32-0-1/4.

Lowe placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.35) and seventh in the 300-meter lows (54.11). Mariah Munyan placed third in the 3,200 in 12:41.80.

Samantha Crawford placed second in the high jump at 4-10. Crawford also placed seventh in the pole vault with a personal best jump of 7-0.


McQueen secured the boys team championship with 128 points while Douglas edged host Fallon 93-87 to earn runner-up honors.

Marshall McKown was a double winner in the throws with marks of 149-10 in the discus and a season-best 53-2 in the shot put. Colton Waggoner placed third in the discus at 138-3.

Chase Johnson, the defending Division IV state shot put champion from Sierra Lutheran, placed third in the shot put with a throw of 47-3-1/4.

Junior Austin Croxall clocked two personal best times to place fourth in the boys 3,200 (10:10.10) and sixth in the 1,600 (4:47.0). Teammate Brandon Pankey was close behind in ninth with a time of 10:13 and freshman John Munyan in 10:14.40.

Sophomore Kaleb Morris placed fifth in the boys 800 with a time of 2:10.45 and Grant Dunkelman placed fourth in the 110-meter high hurdles in 16.73.

In the pole vault, junior Ian Isherwood cleared a personal best 13-feet to take third-place while teammate Nick Abreu went 12-0 to place fifth. Sophomore Jackson Kaylor finished ninth with a jump of 11-0, an improvement on his previous personal record of 9-6.

Connor Lyons and freshman Cade Pankey both posted personal best distances of 39-10 in the triple jump to place fourth and fifth respectively.

Douglas took second-place in the 4×100 relay as the team of Dawson Coman, Sam Melhus, Bailey Vidaurri and Abreu ran 45.33 to finish right behind McQueen in 45.11.

The Tigers also placed third in the 4×400 relay as Coman, Wes Hundley, Vidaurri and Morris ran 3:45.57.