Carson runners excel at home; girls win invitational, boys 2nd
There is no place like home for the Carson High track squads.
The Carson girls won the annual Carson Invitational while the boys grabbed second Saturday at the Jim Frank Track & Field Complex.
Carson’s girls chalked up 115.5 points followed by Damonte Ranch and Spring Creek at 90, Douglas 84 and Dayton 48. The Douglas boys won the team title with 114 points followed by Carson with 94.5, Dayton 75, Damonte 65 and Hug 58.5.
Madison Preston led the Carson girls with wins in the triple jump (37-3) and long jump (16-7). She was third in the high jump at 5-feet. Preston’s triple-jump mark is a new school record and puts her No. 2 in the state. ValerieSue Meyer won the 400 with a school-record 59.20. Lauren Hudak was fifth in the 800. Josi Daggs was second in the 100 hurdles (16.12) and fifth in the 300 (49.30). Erna Knobel was fourth in the shot at 31-10 1/2. Teresa Boehmer was fifth in the discus (103-3). The 400 relay team of Athena Favero, Sahara Winder, Daggs and Meyer clocked a 50.90. The 800 relay team of Favero, Meyer, Preston and Daggs ran a 1:48.40 for second place. The 1600 relay team of Meyer, Hudak, Winder and Alison Greene was second in 4:26. Anya Woodbury was second in the triple jump at 32-11 1/2. Eveline Delgado was fourth in the 3200 (12:41.73).
“The kids ran well,” CHS coach Robert Maw said. “The girls 400 relay did a good job and Valerie Sue (Meyer) broke the 400 record again. Josi (Daggs) in the 300 hurdles. She was first until the final turn (finished fifth). She hasn’t run the 300 since her freshman year, and then she only ran it a couple of times. I’m glad to see her run the race.”
Dayton was led by Lettie Lynch, Hanna Elissa and Kaylee Turner.
Lynch won the 200 (26.70), was fourth in the 100 (13.0) and fifth in the 400 (62.90). Turner won the shot (33-10 3/4) and was second in the discus (113-6). Elissa was third in the 1600 (5:26.20).
The Carson boys were led by Cory Reid, Dakota Baker, Hector Gomez, Ian Schulz and Aaron Woodbury.
Reid won the 800 (1:58.06), was third in the high jump (6-feet), third in the pole vault (13-feet) and he anchored the 800 relay team. He was fifth when he took the baton for the anchor leg and ended up passing four competitors en route to the win. Schulz was second to Douglas’ Marshall McKown in the discus. Schulz threw 153-7 compared to 169-11 for the DHS star. Baker won the 110 high hurdles in 15.09 and was fifth in the 300 race at 43.70. He also was fourth in the high jump at 6-feet. Gomez was third in the 400 (53.40). Woodbury went 41-2 1/2 in the triple jump and tied for fourth in the pole vault at 12-feet.
“Corey was the highlight,” Maw said. “Ian PRd again in the discus, the boys 800 team won with a dominating performance. Aaron went 41 feet in the triple jump, but he’s got a couple of more feet in him. Dakota looked good in the 110s. He hit one of the hurdles hard in the 300 race.”
Dayton was led by Aaron Elissa, Zach Hawley, Benji Ply and its 1600 relay team.
The quartet of Dallon Mendoza, Andrew Goodman, Ply and Skyler Berntson ran a 3:29.80 to win by more than four seconds over second-place Hug. Ply won the high jump at 6-3, was third in the 110 hurdles (15.87) and was second in the pole vault at 13-feet. Elissa was second in the 1600 (4:40.59), fourth in the 3200 (10:42.75) and fifth in the 800 (2:07.06). Hawley was third in the shot (49-1 3/4) and discus (152-10).