Isherwood, Waggoner soar to personal bests at Carson
Ian Isherwood in the pole vault and Colton Waggoner in the discus shattered personal records Saturday to provide highlights for Douglas High at the Comstock Classic track and field meet in Carson City.
Isherwood flew to a height of 14-3 — an improvement of more than one foot — to capture first-place in the boys pole vault during competition in the nine-school meet held at Carson High School’s Jim Frank Track and Field Facility.
And Waggoner hurled the discus 165-6 — a personal best by more than seven feet — to capture second-place in a closely contested duel against Joshua Koch of Dayton.
Their performances helped lead Douglas to the boys team championship with 168.5 points, followed by Carson (138). Douglas also edged Carson by a 166.83-154.33 margin to capture the girls team title.
Isherwood had cleared 13 feet in each of his three previous meets, however, the junior flew past that personal best height Saturday. His mark is the best by a Northern Division I vaulter so far this season and ranks No. 2 statewide in Division I, according to the Athletic.net website.
“I was excited,” Isherwood said. “The 14-3 was a big surprise. I just had a good week of practice — I made 13-6 in practice — so I thought I might as well go for it.”
Waggoner, a senior, took the lead late in the competition with his best throw, only to see Koch come back to win with his own personal record throw of 170-6 — 19 feet better than the distance he threw to win at the 2013 Northern Division I-A Region meet. It marked the third time this season Waggoner has set a personal record, including his previous best of 158-1 one week before at the Del Oro Invitational.
McKown and Waggoner rank second and third in the state among Division I throwers, according to Athletic.net.
Nick Abreu won the 100-meter dash — his second invitational victory in the past three weeks — as the junior clocked an 11.58, while freshman Dawson Coman placed fourth (12.16) and senior Brandon Harmon fifth (12.25).
Bailey Vidaurri won the 200 meters in a season-best time of 23.62. Abreu, Coman and Vidaurri joined Grant Dunkelman in winning the 4×100 relay in 44.64, just a step ahead of Bishop Manogue (44.95).
Connor Lyons and Abreu placed second and third respectively in the long jump with personal record marks of 20-10 and 20-9-1/2.
Austin Croxall won the 3,200 (11:06.85). Josh Cassity placed fourth in the 1,600 as the senior ran a personal best time of 5:05.19, while freshman teammate John Munyan placed fifth (5:10.69).
Douglas scored well in the relays by winning four of six races.
Kaleb Morris, Noah Magrath, Vidaurri and Coman combined to win the 4×400 relay (3:40.68), just ahead of Manogue (3:40.97).
Douglas won the distance medley relay as Cassity (1,200 meters), Brennan Neilon (400), Greth (800) and Brandon Pankey (1,600) ran 11:26.34.
Croxall, Greth, Morris and Pankey won the 4×800 relay by nearly a full minute in a time of 8:52.29.
Senior Eman Montoya set a personal best of 5-10 in the high jump to place fourth, while teammate Ben Nolting placed fifth at 5-10. Abreu placed fifth in the pole vault (12-0) and Dunkelman placed eighth (10-0, personal best). Freshman Cade Pankey and Lyons placed second and third respectively in the triple jump with marks of 38-11-1/2 and 38-9-1/2. Waggoner also placed sixth in the shot put (43-4).
Dunkelman placed third in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.18) and third in the 300-meter intermediates (45.44).
Depth paid off for the Tigers, who had multiple place finishers in 12 events to win their third invitational championship this season.
Maddy Lowe won the 300-meter low hurdles (51.21) and placed second in the 100 hurdles (17.12).
Morgan Weston placed second in the discus (119-6) and Savannah Haase took third (101-3). Haase also placed third in the shot put (30-11) while Weston took fourth (30-9).
Jessa Gansberg placed second in the long jump with a personal best 15-11 and Amber Taylor took fifth (15-1).
Senior Kylie Memro placed third in the triple jump at 32-5, a personal best by one foot, and Gansberg placed fourth (31-9).
In the 200, freshman Desiree Lehrke ran a personal best 28.35 to place third and Jessa Gansberg ran 28.68 to place fourth. Lehrke placed second in the 100 (13.26), Bailey Gansberg fifth (13.61) and Sarah Carter sixth (13.93).
Douglas won the 4×800 relay in 10:12.87 with Maddie Cote, Moriah Munya, Mizuki Oliverez and Rebecca Corbett.
The Tigers also won the distance medley in 14:08.04 with the team of Mizuki Oliverez (1,200 meters), Moriah Munyan (400), Rebecca Corbett (800) and Cote (1,600). Cote won the 800 in a lifetime best time of 2:31.64. Corbett and Munyan placed first and third in the 1,600 with respective times of 5:57.54 and 6:09.97.
Douglas won the sprint medley relay in 2:03.88 — just six-tenths of a second off the school record — with the team of Sarah Carter, Samantha Crawford, Sydne Huck and Catlin Jones.