Incline track | Highlanders earn state hardware in Las Vegas
The young Incline track and field team returned from the Division III state championship in Las Vegas this past weekend with five medals earned, while their girls finished fourth overall as a team.
“Our team is very young, and with their performances this year I’m very excited to see where they will go in the future,” said Incline coach Megan Lade. “We had a lot more field competitors this year, making the team very well rounded. They are a great group of athletes to work with.”
Senior Tara Lincoln posted the top result, as she finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 8 inches. Lincoln also placed sixth in the long jump, with a mark of 14-05.00. Medals were awarded to the top four finishers in each event.
Teammate Valeri Nix had a busy two days of racing, with four events total. She brought home two medals, placing third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 17.46 seconds and fourth in the 400-meter run in a time of 1:04.03. Nix also finished sixth in the 200 (28.69) and was seventh in the 100 (13.91).
Hannah Laurie qualified to compete in two events, which required a top-four finish at the Northern regional meet the week prior. She finished fifth at state in the 800, in a time of 2:37.96, and was sixth in the 1,600, in 5:49.25.
Stephanie Homola also qualified for two events, both distance races, as she earned a fourth-place medal in the 3,200, posting a time of 12:57.65, and placed eighth in the 1,600 (6:07.80).
Kira Porter narrowly missed out on a medal in the high jump. She finished fifth by clearing the bar at 4-06.00. Mia Harbaugh was seventh in the long jump, with a leap of 13-10.00.
The Incline girls relay teams fared well, with the 4×100 squad earning a fourth-place medal in a time of 55.96, and the 4×400 relay was sixth in 4:41.37.
Despite having only nine girls, six of whom are freshmen, the Incline girls finished fourth as a team with 65 points.
“That says a lot about their determination, drive and talent,” Lade said.
The White Pine girls won the state title with 125 points. The Meadows was second with 100 points and North Tahoe was third with 94.
On the boys side, Incline’s Ryan Eppolito finished fifth in the 1,600, recording a time of 4:55.80, and Josh Lewis was fifth in the high jump, at 5-04.00. Will Cory finished seventh in the 400, posting a time of 53.99.
The Yerington boys won the state title as a team, with 138 points to runner-up The Meadows’ 85.5.