Kyle, Munyan set pace for Douglas boys team
If their performances Saturday in Carson City are any indication, Douglas High School juniors Logan Kyle and John Munyan are picking up right where they left off at the end of the 2015 track and field season.
Both were winners with solid season-opening marks in their respective specialties — Kyle with a 13-foot jump the pole vault, Munyan with times of 4:40.01 in the 1,600 meters and 10:22.90 in the 3,200 — to provide highlights for Douglas during a three-way Northern Division I conference meet on a windy day at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
From a team standpoint, Carson edged Douglas by a 103-93.5 score and Wooster finished third with 57.5 points.
Kyle gained a measure of redemption with his winning height of 13-0, which tied the personal record he set at the Big George Invitational on April 25, 2015. Just one week after setting that p.r. last year, he had to settle for a “no height” in the results during the region meet prelims at Carson.
“Logan has been jumping through the winter and he’s ready to go now,” Douglas coach Kim Tretton said.
Kyle showed confidence after missing twice at 12 feet. Instead of taking his third attempt at that height, he had the bar raised to 13, where he would only be given one jump.
“That was a great jump for Logan,” vault coach John Steinman said. “He cleared the bar by a lot.”
Munyan is coming off a cross country season in which he placed third at both the region and state meets in November. On Saturday, he cruised to first-place in the 1,600 with a consistent effort in which he ran 1:10, 1:11 and 1:12 for the opening three laps and closed with a 1:06 split on the fourth lap.
“That’s the way he trains … very consistent,” said Wade Meddles, who is in his first season as coach for the Tigers’ distance runners. “We’ve mainly been working to establish a base. We’ll get into the speed work later on, but he’s got some talent and untapped potential.”
The Tigers also scored big in the sprints and relays.
Josh Gurule, Dawson Coman and Koby Hinnant combined to give Douglas a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100. Gurule ran 12.21 into a strong wind, while Coman (12.24) and Hinnant (12.30) clocked times in a separate heat that were good for second- and third-place overall. The trio also joined Jared Mora to win the 4×100 (46.33).
Coman, a junior, came back later in the day to run 24.20 and edge Carson standout Asa Carter (24.24) in a closely contested 200. Hinnant was third (24.85) and Cade Pankey fourth (25.02).
Nolan Greth dashed to first-place and a personal best time of 54.0 in the 400. Greth also combined with Griffin Frensdorff, Hinnant and Mora to take first-place in the 4×200 relay (1:37.43).
Jacob Evans, Gurule, Greth and Hinnant finished their day with a victory in the 4×400 relay (3:50.91).
Senior Kaleb Morris won the 800 (2:09.40) and earlier ran 4:50.36 to place fourth in his first-ever 1,600 track race (4:50.36).
Frensdorff placed second and Sean Rigdon third in the pole vault with respective jumps of 10-6 and 9-6.
Logan Smith placed third in the discus (115-8), Evans third in the high jump (5-4) and Pankey third in the long jump (19-3).
Freshman Patrick Voss also placed third in the 3,200 (11:07.32) and fifth in the 1,600 (4:59.97).