Smith, McKown shine in Fallon
March 26, 2018
Maya Smith and Meleeah McKown logged second-place finishes to provide individual highlights for the Douglas High track and field team on Saturday at the 46th annual Fallon Elks Invitational.
Smith, a junior, ran 2:29.36 to place second in the girls 800 meters on a chilly and windy day at Churchill County High School's Ed Arciniega Athletic Complex. And McKown, a sophomore, placed second in the girls discus with a mark of 109-11 under conditions in which throwers faced an unfavorable cross-wind from the west.
From a team standpoint, Douglas took fourth-place in the girls standings with 55 points. McQueen edged Reed by a 95-82 score to win the team title.
Douglas placed third in the 4×200 relay as Sophia Bottino, freshman Meagan Veil, Kyla Hinnant and Madison Smalley clocked a time of 1:50.36. To finish off the day, the Tigers' Weston, Hannah Carr, Smith and Hinnant ran to fifth-place in the 4×400 relay (4:32.65).
Senior Madilynne Cox placed fourth in the long jump (15-5¼) for the Tigers.
Bottino, a senior, placed fifth in the 200 (28.3) and Smalley placed fifth in the 400 (1:04.83). Smalley, a sophomore, qualified with the third fastest prelim time in the 200 (27.52), but did not run in the finals. Bottino ran 28.14 in the prelims.
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In the throws, senior Kindra Ruckman placed third (106-2½) and Karla Sanchez took sixth (96-6-1/2). Lowry junior Rachel Garrison won the gold medal with a throw of 113-2.
McKown placed seventh in the shot put (31-11½) and Sanchez ninth (30-7¼).
Douglas placed sixth in the 4×100 relay as Bottino, Kayla Provost, Macey Weston and Hinnant combined to run 54.13.
Smith placed seventh in the 1,600 (5:37.81) and Veil ran a personal best 5:48.28 to place ninth in the 1,600.
Senior Bailey Wood placed 10th in the 300-meter low hurdles (53.12).
Sierra Lutheran junior Jared Marchegger ran a personal record 4:36.40 to place fourth in a closely contested 1,600 race. Andrew Ribeiro won the race in 4:31.74 to edge teammate Daniel Horner by .23. Four of the top six finishers ran personal best times.
Sierra Lutheran senior Peyton Hedwall placed fourth in the shot put (44-5½) and 10th in the discus (119-1½). Reed senior Vehekite Afu was a double winner in the throws with noteworthy marks of 157-10 in the discus and 51-11¾ in the shot put.
Douglas placed ninth in the 4×200 as Brendyn Hoag, Hayden Litka, Luke Gansberg and Celime Garcia ran 1:40.15.