North Tahoe track and field | Lakers punch tickets to state |

North Tahoe track and field | Lakers punch tickets to state

The North Tahoe track and field team qualified more than a dozen athletes for state in six events at the Northern 2A Regional Championships this past Saturday.

and#8220;They did great,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Skip Piechocinski. and#8220;Everybody PRed in the meet (set personal records), even those who didnand#8217;t make it (for state).and#8221;

Jonathan Adams led the way for the Lakers, as the senior won the 100-meter dash against a speedy field of sprinters from Rite of Passage (ROP) to earn the Northand#8217;s top state seed in the event. After placing fifth in the preliminary race to four ROP runners, Adams posted a time of 11.68 seconds in the final to capture the regional title. Willie Gaither of ROP finished just one-hundredth of a second behind, in 11.69.

and#8220;He did well,and#8221; Piechocinski said of Adams.

Fellow senior Carson Clark also performed well at the regional meet, finishing runner-up in the 3,200 (2-mile) with a time of 10:39.83. Whittell senior John Robinson, who swept the distance events (400, 800, 1,600, 3,200), won the 3,200 with a time of 10:35.07.

North Tahoe senior Hugo Ramirez narrowly missed the cut in the race, as he placed fifth with a time of 11:02.65. The top four finishers qualified for state.

Leading the Laker girls, senior Carly Leininger set personal records in several events, Piechocinski said, including the 100, 200 and 800. She qualified for state in the 800, using a and#8220;great kickand#8221; at the end to finish third with a time of 2:40.65. Leininger was eighth in the 100 with a personal-best time of 13.96 and seventh in the 200, setting another PR in 30.24.

Freshman Angela Wood qualified for state in one event as well, as she finished fourth in the high jump by clearing the bar at 4 feet, 8 inches. Pershing County jumpers swept the top three in the event, with Samantha Dennler winning at 4 feet, 11 inches.

The Lakersand#8217; 4×100 and 4×800 boysand#8217; relay teams make up the bulk of the state qualifiers, with 10 runners total including the two alternates.

The 4×100 crew of Chris Hoffman, Trevor Trimm, Brett Roberts and Adams made things interesting in its race. After botching the first baton exchange, the Laker sprinters steadily worked their way up from last place before Adams raced to a third place finish with a strong anchor leg. The team posted a time of 48.53 seconds to ROPand#8217;s winning mark of 45.64.

and#8220;The relays guys had a little miscue at the beginning and were in last place, and then they pulled it in to get third,and#8221; Piechocinski said.

The 4×800 relay team, which was made up of Clark, Ramirez, Fletcher McConnell and Sean McDermott, finished fourth in its race, recording a time of 9:08.29. ROP established the winning time of 8:59.23.

Piechocinski said Luke Funicella and Noah McDermott will serve as alternates on the 4×100 and 4×800 relay teams, respectively.

In addition to the state qualifiers, several North Tahoe athletes fared well but did not quite make the cut. Senior Kelsey Wittels is one of them, as she set a personal record in both the 100 and 300 hurdles only to finish just outside the top four in both races. Wittels placed fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.91 and sixth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.84.

Wood, while qualifying in the high jump, narrowly missed out on the 400, finishing sixth in 1:08.73.

Roberts was one place out of qualifying in both the high jump and long jump, as he placed fifth in the high jump at 5 feet, 6 inches (along with Sean McDermott) and fifth in the long jump at 18 feet, 7 inches.

Noah McDermott was sixth in the 1,600 with a time of 5:06.47 and Ramirez was seventh in 5:10.73. Griffin Lancaster was seventh in the 300 hurdles in 47.08, and Alex Bourriague was seventh in the 110 hurdles in 19.66. The boysand#8217; 4×400 relay was seventh.

For complete results, go to the NIAA website at

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