Championship Saturday: Truckee, North Tahoe athletes vie for state titles
Student-athletes from North Tahoe and Truckee will be on the diamond, track, and in the pool today competing for state championships.
Local track and field athletes have already claimed gold in a number of events during the first day of competition in Las Vegas at the Nevada State High School boys & girls Track & Field Championships.
The Wolverines are coming off a solid performance at regionals, and opened the two-day meet at Desert Oasis High School by striking gold in a pair of relay races. Sophomore Alia Sinoff, freshman Jasmine Harris, senior Zoe Brunings, and senior Ava Seelenfreund teamed up to take first place in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 50.23 seconds.
Junior Isabella Terrazas, junior Deanna Sunnergren, freshman Petra Kidd, and sophomore Lauren Tanner captured first place in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 9:30.37.
Freshman Nynke Propstra finished fifth in high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8.00 inches.
On the boys’ side, junior Montana Montgomery finished in second place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:31.95. Senior Calin Laine set a personal record in the event, finishing with a time of 4:36.29 for fifth place.
Athletes from North Tahoe picked up several gold medals during the first day of the meet. Seniors Josii Johnson and AJ Hurt captured individual first-place finishes to lead the Northern League champion Lady Lakers.
Johnson finished in first place in the 1,600 meters with a personal-record time of 5:37.05. Senior teammate, Ella Car was second, also setting a personal record with a time of 5:43.94. Senior Jillian Ferre was fourth in the event with a time of 5:44.84 for a personal record.
Johnson, Ferre, Carr, and freshman Alex Twomey struck gold in the 4×800 meter relay, dominating the race by more than 20 seconds with a time of 10:43.84.
Hurt’s first-place finish came in long jump where she set a personal record with a leap of 16 feet, 1.75 inches. Hurt also set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing the event in second with a time of 16.94.
The Lakers’ 4×100 meter relay team and 4×200 meter relay team of freshman Alexa McPherson, sophomore Annika Johnson, sophomore Reilly Scott, and sophomore Mika Parra finished each event in third place. Parra was also fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.42.
On the boys’ side, junior Nikolas Burkhart, senior Joe Pierce, sophomore Connor Johnston, and senior Riley Hacker teamed up to win the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 8:36.05.
Senior Dillon Hudson finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.38.
North Tahoe’s 4×100 meter relay team and 4×200 meter relay team each finished in fourth place.
The track and field state championships will conclude today.
The Truckee baseball team has picked up wins in the first two days of the Class 3A state championship tournament, and will vie for a second consecutive state title this morning against Churchill County. The four-team state tournament will conclude today at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nevada.
Swimmers from Truckee are coming off a third consecutive sweep of the boys and girls’ regional titles, and will return to the water this afternoon in Carson City to compete against the state’s best. A handful of North Tahoe swimmers will be racing for state championships as well.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Swimming & Diving Championships will be Saturday, May 18. Diving will be held at the Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, beginning at 9 a.m. Swimming will be at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City, and will begin at 1 p.m. Admission to the meet is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children ages 8 and younger get in free.
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