26 Lakers qualify for state track meet
Leading up to last weekend’s regional track meet at Yerington High School ” the qualifier for the state meet May 19 and 20 at Reno High School ” North Tahoe head track coach Warren Mills predicted that about 20 of his athletes would make the cut.
Mills underestimated, but not by much.
Mills took 43 Laker athletes to the Yerington meet; 41 medals were awarded to North Tahoe and 26 kids qualified for state competition.
North Tahoe’s girls team finished in third place overall, one place off from qualifying as a team for the state competition.
The Laker boys finished sixth overall.
With 26 kids going to the state meet, Mills is a happy man.
“All we were looking at was to get into state,” Mills said. “We did well.”
Mills went on to say that his team performed well across the board, from short events to distance and onto throwing.
“Everybody stepped up. They all did well,” he said.
North Tahoe’s medals included a first place by Kelly Hester in the high jump, with a personal best of 4’8″.
The girls 4×400 team of Heather McKenney, Erin Altick, Shannon Stack and Carly McCready also took first with a time of 4:16, which was the fastest 3A time in the state.
Second-place North Tahoe finishes included Sean Wiley in the discus, with a personal best of 137 feet.
Josh McCready also took second with a personal record time of 10:37.3 in the 3,200 meter.
Kindra Henry had a third-place discus throw of 103’5″.
Kelly LeFevers also took third place in the shot put with a 32-foot throw, as well as fourth place in the discus with a 100’3″ throw.
Another third place medal came in the boys 4×800 relay, where C.J. Ketchum, Joe Erman, Eric Reinstra and Scott Smelser came in with a season-best time of 3:36.45.
Alcyen Johnson ran the 300 hurdles in 53 seconds for fourth place.
Smelser set a personal record in the 800 in 2:05, which was good enough for fourth place.
Carly McCready was tripped up while leading the 800 with only 150 meters to go, causing her to fall and finish last in the only event she was scheduled to run. Fueled with anger at missing a state qualifying run in the 800, McCready took fourth place in the 3,200 in 13:30, qualifying for the state meet.
The girls 4×200 relay team of Stack, McKenney, Morgan Poulsen and Lauren Robinson took fourth in 1:52.62.
Brent Marple, Ketcham, Erman and Reinstra took fourth in the 4×200 boys relay, finishing in 1:36.98. The boys 4×100 relay also took fourth with a time of 47.51. That team is made up of Marple, Z.J. Whittamore, Erman and Micheal Basile.
Heather McNair qualified for the discus, finishing in fifth place with a distance of 90’4″.
Jeremy Meyers took fifth in the shot put, throwing 45’6.5″.
Shannon Stack took fifth in the 400, finishing in 64.59-seconds.
Also placing fifth place was Alcyen Johnson, who ran the 100 hurdles in 18.25.
The state championship meet will take place at Reno High School on Friday, starting at 2 p.m. with the girls 4×800. All other field events will start at 3 p.m. Friday. Saturday’s competitions begins at 9 a.m.
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