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Incline track and field | Nix, Colby combine for six regional titles

Staff report
Six Incline track and field athletes qualified to compete in the Division III state championships in Las Vegas this Friday and Saturday. Pictured left to right, they include Haley Carlson, Ryan Eppolito, Matt Colby, Valeri Nix, Kandace Dirga and Blake Perry.
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Division III state championships

The Division III state championships will be held this Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, in Las Vegas.

Six Incline track and field athletes made the state championship cut with top-four finishes at the Northern Division III regional championships in Fernley this past Friday and Saturday.

The Incline squad, which was short on numbers compared to most other teams, collectively qualified for state in 13 events.

Senior Valeri Nix and junior Matt Colby cleaned up, with each qualifying for state in all four of their events. Nix won individual regional titles in all four of hers, while Colby earned two titles and two silver-medal finishes.

Nix won the 200-meter dash with a personal-record (PR) time of 26.52 seconds. She also won the 400 with a time of 1:03.54, the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.45 and the 300 hurdles in 50.36.

Nix will look to defend her state titles in the 300 hurdles in the state championship meet in Las Vegas this weekend. She won the title last year with a time of 48.23.

Colby, who earned three medals in last year’s state championships, won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.29 seconds as well as the 110 hurdles in 17.69. He placed second in the 200 with a PR of 22.93 and was second in the 300 hurdles with a PR of 40.58.

In addition to Colby and Nix, junior Kandace Dirga qualified for state in two events, as she placed fourth in both the 100 (14.33) and 400 (1:06.39). She also was sixth in the 200 (29.93). Freshman Haley Carlson punched her ticket to state with a second-place finish in the high jump (4-06).

For the Incline boys, junior Ryan Eppolito claimed the regional title in the 800, setting a new PR with a time of 2:04.12. He was sixth in the 1,600 (4:59.45).

Blake Perry, a junior, qualified for state in the high jump, placing third at 5-08. He also was eighth in both the long jump (17-03) and triple jump (33-02.25). All three results were PRs.

Among other Incline athletes, Michael Guymon finished eighth in the 100 (12.33), seventh in the shot put (36-02.75) and 12th in the discus (92-03), Esten Flores was sixth in the shot put (36-11.50) and 16th in the discus (87-10), Andres Mourelatos was 12th in the 800 (2:42.56) and 14th in the 1,600 (6:27.22), and Nick Barnard 11th in the long jump (14-08).