Incline track and field | Highlanders earn 10 medals, two state titles in Vegas |

Incline track and field | Highlanders earn 10 medals, two state titles in Vegas

Staff report
Incline senior Valeri Nix won the Division III state title in the 300 hurdles and placed second in the 100 hurdles in Las Vegas. She earned three medals in all.
Courtesy Patrick Flora |

State championship results (top 10)


1. White Pine, 151

2. The Meadows, 147

3. North Tahoe, 101

4. Yerington, 59

5. Calvary Chapel, 56

6. Agassi Prep, 46

7. Incline, 36

8. Pershing County, 34

9. Lincoln County, 23

10. Silver Stage, 21


1. Yerington, 93

2. North Tahoe, 73

3. Agassi Prep, 71

4. The Meadows, 67.5

5. White Pine, 65

6. Pershing County, 54

7. Battle Mountain, 52

8. Lincoln County, 46

9. Incline, 43.5

10. Silver Stage, 37

With a group of only six athletes, the Incline track and field team brought home 10 medals and two individual titles from the Division III state championships in Las Vegas this past weekend.

In addition to the Highlanders’ individual results, the Incline girls finished seventh as a team in a field of 12 schools, while the Incline boys were ninth out of 14 schools — with three athletes apiece.

White Pine won the girls team title and was followed by The Meadows and North Tahoe. Yerington won the boys championship and was followed by North Tahoe and Agassi Prep.

Incline senior Valeri Nix qualified for state in four events and returned with three medals — awarded to the top four finishers in each event — and a title.

Nix earned the title in the 300-meter hurdles with a personal-record (PR) time of 47.87 seconds. Nix also placed second in the 100 hurdles with a PR of 17.17 and was third in the 200 in 27.53. She finished just outside the medals in the 400, placing fifth (1:04.55).

Junior Ryan Eppolito qualified for state in one event, and he made it count. Eppolito shattered his previous-best time while racing to the individual title in the 800 in 2:01.62. He finished nearly three seconds ahead of second-place Cameron Varela of Calvary Chapel (2:04.56).

Matt Colby, also a junior, made the state cut in four events and medaled in all four. He finished second in both the 100 (11.42) and 200 (23.32) and was third in both the 110 hurdles (16.86) and the 300 hurdles (41.35).

Incline junior Blake Perry earned a medal with a third-place tie in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-06, and freshman Haley Carlson also medaled with a fourth-place finish in the high jump, matching her PR of 4-10.

Another Incline junior, Kandace Dirga, placed eighth in the 100 with a PR of 13.91 and was seventh in the 400 (1:04.55).