Incline track | Nix, Cory, Colby top five at Fernley Invite
The Incline track and field team got in one final tune-up before the postseason at the Fernley Invitational on Saturday.
The meet was cut short, however, as extremely windy conditions caused a dust storm that halted the event during the girls 3,200-meter run.
Junior Will Cory posted the Highlanders’ top result, with a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 56.91 seconds. Along with Ryan Eppolito, Conor Devine and Nick Barnard, Cory also was part of the 4×800 relay team that finished 12th in 10:29.69.
Matt Colby, a sophomore, placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 16.88 and also was eighth in the 100-meter dash in 11.58.
Incline freshman Kaelan Pugh fared well in the field events. He finished 14th in the long jump, leaping 17-01.50, placed 29th in the discus (84-00) and was 39th in the shot put (29-08.25).
Eppolito was 25th in the 400 (1:05.07) and 29th in the 1,600 (5:45.17), and Devine was 26th in the long jump (14-08) and 28th in the triple jump (28-01).
Junior hurdler Valeri Nix led the Incline girls. She recorded a sixth-place finish in the 100 hurdles, posting a personal-best time of 17.51, and was fifth in the 300 hurdles, in 54.91.
Senior Kate Ballan placed 16th in the 300 hurdles (1:05.56) and 26th in the 100 hurdles (20.42). She also was part of the 4×800 relay team, along with Sami Lampe, Stephanie Homola and Serena Singh, that placed seventh in 12:45.85.
Singh was 10th in the triple jump, recording a leap of 28-06, 14th in the 300 hurdles (1:04.14) and 23rd in the 100 hurdles (19.91). Lampi was 12th in the long jump with a jump of 13-05.
Senior Mia Harbaugh finished 11th in the long jump, with a mark of 13-06, and was part of the 4×100 relay with Lampe, Zaira Padilla and Kandace Dirga, as well as the 4×200 relay with the same trio. The 4×100 squad finished seventh in 1:00.48, and the 4×200 team was sixth in 2:06.76.
Homola placed eighth in the 800, posting a time of 2:53.83. Padilla was 19th in the 100 (14.33), Arantza Alcantara was 17th in the 400 (1:19.20) and 25th in the 100 (15.05), Taylor Cook was 29th in the 100 (15.26), and Dirga was 14th in the 200 (29.99).
The Northern Division III regional championships will be contested in Winnemucca on Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. The state championship is the following weekend, May 23-24, at Carson High School.