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North Tahoe track and field: Nine Lakers headed to state

Sun Staff report

Photography Michael MichaelsenNorth Tahoe senior Kea Jolicoeur competes in a relay race during the Northern 2A Regional Championships in Winnemucca this past Friday. Jolicoeur qualified for state in the shot put.

The Lakers qualified nine athletes for state in seven different events at the Northern 2A Regional Championship in Winnemucca this past weekend.

The 2A State Championship meet will be held at Damonte Ranch High School on Friday and Saturday. The top four finishers at the regional meet qualified for state.

While nine North Tahoe runners and throwers made the state cut, head coach Skip Piechocinski said he was more proud that every one of the Laker athletes set personal records in at least one event.

Senior Kea Jolicoeur led the North Tahoe contingent, as she finished third in the shot put with a throw of 33 feet, 5 inches. Jolicoeur and#8220;gutted out the shot,and#8221; her coach said, after injuring her knee in the 4×200 relay. Despite the injury, however, she also placed fifth in the discus and#8212; narrowly missing the cut and#8212; with a toss of 97-08.

Senior Heidi Schroepfer made state in the 100-meter dash, finishing fourth with a time of 13.54.

North Tahoe senior Maiya Greenwood came through with a fourth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run (1-mile), posting a time of 6:02.73, while on the boys’ side of the distance events, junior Carson Clark took fourth in the 3,200 (2-mile) with a time of 10:56.33.

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Clark also was part of the Lakers’ 4×800 relay team that qualified for state with a fourth-place finish in 9:24.55. He was joined by Hugo Ramirez, Angel Gonzalez and Miles Heapes.

Senior Parker Laughlin made state in two events, as he finished fourth in the shot put with a heave of 43-08.50 and fourth in the discus with a throw of 119-07.

Brett Roberts, a junior, also qualified for state in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-06 to take fourth place.

Among other quality Laker finishes, the boys 4×100 relay team finished sixth with a and#8220;valiant effort,and#8221; Piechocinski said. Racing without Trevor Trimm, they would have qualified for state had it not been for a missed handoff exchange between Cody Lieberman, who replaced Trimm, and Laughlin.

and#8220;It was a gutsy effort,and#8221; Piechocinski said of the team, which consisted of Jonathan Adams, Laughlin, Roberts and Lieberman.

The coach also was impressed with his girls 4×100 relay team of Liz Buhler, Jolicoeur, Keely Marple and Taylor Pasvantis, which took fifth in 56.56 and#8212; just a half-second off fourth place. The same group also finished fifth in the 4×200, posting a 2:01.16.

Schroepfer placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 14-03, Carly Leininger took seventh in the 800 (2:55.63) and seventh in the 1,600 (6:02.73), Buhler was ninth in the shot put (23-03), and Pasvantis was sixth in the high jump (4-04) and eighth in the long jump (13-06).

Adams recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200 (24.35), while Baker took ninth in the 1,600 (5:11.11) and Hugo Ramirez 10th (5:11.70). Ramirez took fifth in the 3,200 (11:03.28).