Incline track | Girls qualify nine for state
With a lean crew of just nine athletes, the Incline girls finished third as a team while all nine qualified for state at the Northern Division III regional track and field championships in Winnemucca this past weekend.
The Incline boys, competing with only six athletes, finished seventh as a team while Matt Colby qualified for state in three events.
Only the top four finishers in each event advanced to the state championship, which is this Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, at Carson High School.
In hot, windy and dusty conditions, Incline junior Valeri Nix and senior Mia Harbaugh qualified in four events apiece to lead the way.
Nix placed second in all three of her individual events — the 100-meter hurdles (17.27), the 300 hurdles (50.92) and the 400-meter dash (1:03.41) — while she also helped lead the 4 x 400 relay team (4:43.02) to a second-place finish along with Arantza Padilla, Kate Ballan and Stephanie Homola.
Harbaugh finished fourth in both the long jump (13-06.25) and triple jump (29-10.25), and was part of the second-place 4 x 200 relay (2:01.34) and the third-place 4 x 100 relay (56.12). She was joined on both relay squads by Sami Lampe, Zaira Padilla and Kandace Dirga.
Along with Harbaugh, Incline freshman Serena Singh qualified in the triple jump (29-11.75) with a third-place finish. Singh also was part of the second-place 4 x 800 relay team (12:04.33) along with Ballan, Lampe and Homola.
Ballan finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (19.60), Dirga placed third in the 400 (1:06.48) and Homola was fourth in the 1,600 (6:28.00).
A number of Highlanders finished one spot away from a state berth. Lampe was seventh in the long jump (13-02.50), Arantza Padilla was sixth in the high jump (3-08.00) and sixth in the 100 (15.22), Zaira Padilla was fifth in the 100 (14.76), Ballan was sixth in the 300 hurdles (59.42) and Homola fifth in the 800 (2:46.33).
Colby, meanwhile, advanced to state with a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (17.49), a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles (42.93) and a fourth-place finish in the 100 (11.22).
The Incline boys 4 x 400 relay (3:45.74), with Colby, Ryan Eppolito, Kaelan Pugh and Will Cory, just missed making state with a fifth-place finish, as did the 4 x 800 squad (10:00.06) of Eppolito, Conor Devine, Nick Barnard and Cory.
Cory placed fifth in the 400 (55.53) and Eppolito eighth (59.73). Cory was sixth in the 800 (2:12.38) and Eppolito eighth in the 1,600 (5:45.20), and Pugh was seventh in the long jump (18-01.50) and eighth in the discus (96-08).
Go to the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.com the full schedule of starting times at the state championship.