Incline track and field: 17 Highlanders qualify for state
Nine boys and eight girls from the Incline track and field teams qualified for state with top-four finishes at the Northern Division III regional championships at Yerington this past Friday and Saturday.
Senior sprinter Matt Colby will lead the Highlanders into the state meet after winning regional titles in both the 100- and 200-meter dash. He won the races with times of 11.37 and 23.04 seconds, respectively. Colby also teamed up with DJ Littleton, Michael Guymon and Blake Perry to win the 4 x 100 relay with a time of 46.55.
Ryan Eppolito claimed the title in the 1,600, posting a time of 4:52.58, and placed second in the 800 (2:06.90). Along with Nick Barnard, Conor Nix and Edward Parkhill, Eppolito helped lead the 4 x 800 relay team to a third-place finish in 9:29.22.
Perry made state with a second-place finish in the high jump (5-10), and also placed third along with Barnard, Noah Cleary and Littleton in the 4 x 200 relay (1:41.95). Littleton also advanced to state in the long jump with a fourth-place finish (19-08).
As a team the Incline boys finished fifth with 82 points. Yerington won the regional title with 198.5 points and was followed by Pershing County (156) and Battle Mountain (115.5).
For the Incline girls, senior Hannah Laurie captured the regional title in the 300 hurdles, crossing the finish in 51.75, while senior Kira Porter won the high jump by clearing 4-08 and placed second in the long jump (14-06.75).
Both Laurie and Porter also were on state-qualifying relay teams. The Highlanders’ 4 x 100 relay squad made up of Porter, Belle Johnson, Raquel Oliver and Kandace Dirga finished second in 53.98, and the 4 x 200 team of Porter, Laurie, Ellyse Kirkland and Dirga was third in 1:56.59.
Haley Carlson made state with a second-place finish in the high jump (4-06), while Johnson finished third in the 100 (13.82) and Mia Bibolet placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (1:02.64).
The girls came in fourth place as a team with 74 points. North Tahoe’s girls won the regional championship with 204.5 points and were trailed by Battle Mountain (125.5) and Yerington (100).
In addition to Incline’s state qualifiers, there were many who performed well but just missed the cut.
Dirga was fifth in the 400 (1:09.25) and seventh in the 200 (32.12), Oliver was seventh in the 100 (14.29), Anne Schrage was sixth in the 800 (2:44.42), Haeden Suter was eighth in the shot put (23-04) and 11th in the discus (49-00), and Madelyn Pecorino was eighth in the 200 (32.74) and 10th in the 400 (1:13.12)
For the boys, Eppolito placed sixth in the 400 (53.93), Parkhill was seventh in the 800 (2:20.99) and eighth in the 1,600 (5:24.60), Esten Flores was seventh in the shot put (37-10.50), Guymon was ninth in the shot put (36-00.75), Littleton was ninth in the triple jump (35-06.75), Conor Nix was eighth in the triple jump (35-10) and 10th in the long jump (17-01), and Andreas Mourelatos was 11th in the 800 (2:36.68) and 15th in the 1,600 (6:02.13).
The state championship will take place Friday and Saturday at Carson High School. Check niaa.com for event start times.