Sprinters on track at Fallon
Douglas High’s Joshua Gurule, Griffin Frensdorff, Koby Hinnant and Dawson Coman combined to take third-place in the boys 4×100 relay Saturday during the 44th annual Fallon Elks Invitational.
More impressive than the place finish, however, was their season-best 44.65 clocking that provided a highlight for Douglas during a meet that attracted athletes from 32 schools to Churchill County High School’s Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.
McQueen (43.29) edged Reed (43.96) to win the boys 4×100 race. In the process, the Tigers were pulled to a time that was their season best by one second and set them up to run this weekend at the Stanford Invitational.
“Our relay teams are all working to set the team members and clean handoffs, which is the most important aspect,” Douglas coach Kim Tretton said. “It’s not only the four fastest runners, but how cleanly you can get the baton around the track. We are lucky to have four boys who understand their jobs and go out aggressively.”
Strength in the relays paid dividends overall as the Douglas boys finished fourth in the team standings with 54 points. Reed edged McQueen 125-122 for the team title, while Carson finished third with 64 points.
The Tigers scored additional relay points as Samuel King, Jacob Evans, Nolan Greth and Gurule placed fourth in the 4×400 (3:36.98). James Nair, Greth, Frensdorff and Hinnant combined to place fifth in the 4×200 relay (1:36.39).
John Munyan ran a personal record time of 9:51.75 for 3,200 meters to take second-place, right behind McQueen’s Henry Weisberg (9:50.86).
Earlier in the day, Munyan combined with Patrick Voss, Kaleb Morris and Greth to place third in the 4×800 relay (8:40.62). Morris logged a nine-second improvement in the 1,600 as he ran 4:41.79 to place fifth in the 1,600 and came back later in the day to run 2:04.22 for seventh-place in the 800.
Hinnant and Coman placed fifth and sixth in the 200 meters with respective times of 23.45 and 23.68. Coman placed sixth in the 100 with an 11.57 clocking (he ran 11.49 in the prelims).
In the pole vault, Logan Kyle jumped 13-0 to take fifth and Frensdorff cleared a lifetime best 12-6 to take sixth for the Tigers.
Douglas finished eighth as a team with 33 points. Reed captured the team title with 101 points, 12 more than McQueen.
Bailey Gansberg, Lizzy Byrne, Madison Cote and Kyla Hinnant placed third in the 4×400 relay in a time of 4:16.33, less than one second behind the winning pace set by Lowry.
“The girls 4×4 ran great,” Tretton said. “Every one of the girls dropped their split by 2-3 seconds.”
Gansberg, Sophia Bottino, Desiree Lehrke and Hinnant placed fourth in the 4×100 relay (52.79). Lizzy Byrne, Bottino, Lehrke and Gansberg also ran a season best 1:52.80 in the 4×800 to place fifth.
Hunter Celio placed third in the pole vault with an 8-0 clearance that tied her lifetime best.
Cote also placed fifth in the 800 in a personal record time of 2:30.07. Macie Harjes placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 102-0.
Jerit Shuman, Garret Lenker, Brandon Swafford and Noah Macabales ran to first-place in the 4×200 relay (1:41.78) Friday during the Sierra Frosh-Soph Invitational at Carson High School.
In the girls competition, freshman Maya Smith clocked a 1:02.28 to win the girls 400 and later placed second in the 800 (2:31.99).
Kindra Ruckman emerged as a winner in the shot put (28-3) and Kayla Provost in the high jump (4-10).
Megan Ruffo took first-place in the 3,200 (13:42.28) and Macey Weston took third in the 400 (1:08.18).
Christian Grey placed second in the boys 300-meter low hurdles (48.37) plus he combined with Jerit Shuman, Macabales and Swafford to win the 4×100 relay (47.89).
Julian Turner placed third in the boys high jump (5-6) and Everett Bertolone-Smith third in the pole vault (10-0).
Sophia Bottino placed second in the girls 100 (13.66) and 200 (28.96). Alex DeMaranville placed third in the pole vault (7-0).