Incline track | Highlanders bound for state
A total of 12 Incline track and field athletes qualified for state at the Northern Division III regional tournament in Yerington this past weekend, led by the girls’ nine individual qualifiers and third-place finish as a team.
Incline’s girls finished third overall out of seven schools, behind North Tahoe and Yerington, with 114 points. North Tahoe had 166 points and Yerington 123. Pershing County was fourth with 85 points.
Sophomore Valeri Nix made the state cut in four separate events — the 100-meter dash, the 200, 400 and 100-meter hurdles — which required a top-four finish. She placed fourth in the 100, posting a time of 13.70. She also was fourth in the 200, in 27.62, third in the 400, in 1:02.67, and third in the 100 hurdles, in 17.37, despite clipping a hurdle and falling during the race.
Teammates Hannah Laurie and Stephanie Homola advanced to state individually in two events apiece. Laurie finished second in both the 800 and 1,600, with times of 2:41.81 and 5:51.53, respectively. Homola placed second in the 3,200, recording a time of 12:50.19, and was third in the 1,600, in 5:58.39.
Tara Lincoln, a senior, also qualified in two events individually, as she finished third in both the long jump and triple jump, with leaps of 13 feet, 8.5 inches and 30-10.50, respectively. Kira Porter was second in high jump, clearing the bar at 4-08.00, and Mia Harbaugh was fourth in the long jump with a mark of 12-11.00.
Incline’s girls relay teams, meanwhile, cleaned up on state berths, with all four teams qualifying.
The girls 4×800 squad, which was made up of Homola, Jessica Hillman, Porter and Laurie, captured the regional title in a time of 11:14.06. The girls 4×400 team of Homola, Jessica Hillman, Laurie and Kandace Dirga placed second in 4:44.76, while the 4×200 team of Lincoln, Harbaugh, Dirga and Porter was third in 1:57.23, and the 4×100 group of Lincoln, Arantza Alcantara, Harbaugh and Dirga was third in 56.37.
Among the Incline boys contingent, Ryan Eppolito, Josh Lewis and Will Cory all advanced to state with top-four finishes.
Eppolito placed third in the 1,600, posting a time of 4:46.35. Lewis was third in the high jump, at 5-06.00. And Cory was fourth in the 400, in 54.25.