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Legacy’s Allgood captures discus crown

RENO — Legacy’s Avione Allgood took first in the discus to lead Southern Nevada athletes Friday at the Class 4A girls state track meet at Damonte Ranch.

With the wind in her face, Allgood had a throw of 143 feet, 8 inches, the 42nd-best mark in the United States this year, according to dyestat.com.

Canyon Springs’ Destenae Howerton-Davis took second with a throw of 141-11, the country’s 50th-best mark. It was the first time she had topped 140 feet in a meet.

"I was hoping to go over 150 today," said Howerton-Davis, who has been in the shadow of Allgood for the last two years. "I was pretty confident. I felt it was there. Still, I was excited to go over 140. The weather didn’t bother me. I was able to adjust to the wind."

Allgood and Howerton-Davis will face each other again today in the shot put. They are the top two seeds.

Centennial junior Karli Johonnot, the No. 1 seed in the 100-meter hurdles, tripped over the last hurdle and settled for second place in 15.71 seconds. McQueen’s Celina Whitfield took first in 15.50.

But Johonnot came back to win the high jump with a jump of 5-4. She will try to add to her medal count today when she competes in the 300 hurdles and pole vault.

One of the day’s most competitive races was the 1600 run. Pahrump Valley’s Ashley Lindgren took an early lead and managed to hold off a series of challengers through the first three laps. But at the bell, South Tahoe’s Shelby McIntyre took the lead and ran away from the field, winning in 5:18.54. Reno’s Erika Root (5:20.63) and Lauren Lucas (5:26.36) and Lindgren (5:26.36) finished 2-3-4.

Rancho pulled off a big upset in the 800 relay, thanks to a superb anchor leg by Aisha Momodu. The sixth-seeded Rams stunned top-seeded Reed, which took second. Arbor View was third.

No. 2 seed Western was disqualified for a bad exchange.

Western got a boost later in the day when Paradise Sanders won the 400 and the top seed from McQueen finished fifth.

Western also dominated the 200, as expected, garnering 23 points with a 1-2-4 finish. Loren Jackson, was first, Antionette Garrett second and Tierra Tyler took fourth behind Rancho’s Aisha Momodu.

Jackson’s victory was unexpected, as she usually runs behind Garrett and Tyler.

"It was super special," Jackson said. "I didn’t expect to win, and I didn’t know I had won until Tierra told me. We knew we had to win in order for us have a chance (to win the team title)."

Western has 33 points for second place, trailing McQueen by nine. But the Warriors are favored in the 400 relay and 1600 relay and the 100, where Tyler, the defending state champion, and Jackson are entered.

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