North Tahoe track sends crew to Vegas
The North Tahoe High track team will be represented by 19 athletes at the Nevada 3A State Track and Field Championship in Las Vegas today and tomorrow.
Lakers head coach Warren Mills said that at the beginning of the season he planned for 20 athletes to make the state meet. With 19 going, he’s a happy man.
The longtime head coach said that Ryan Blount had one of the team’s best performances at the Northern Nevada 3A Zone Championship in Yerington, qualifying for the state meet in the 110-meter hurdles with a second-place performance.
Blount has consistently been on the cusp, Mills said, and he seeded with a 17.10 second run.
The junior broke the 17-second mark both in his preliminary run of 16.94 and then posted a 16.63 in the final heat.
To qualify for the state meet, athletes must place fifth or better in the zone meet.
But Mills said that placement in zones means nothing, and an athlete who placed second in zones could place eighth at the state meet.
So for North Tahoe, Yerington was nothing more than a stepping stone to the big dance.
“For us, divisions meant nothing more than going on to the top five,” Mills said.
Brent Marple qualified in the 100-meter dash with a fourth-place finish.
ZJ Whittemore will compete in the 400 after finishing fifth in Yerington.
Scott Smelser will represent the Lakers in the 800 after placing fourth at zones.
Michael Basile, Marple, Ryan Blount and Whittemore make up the boys 4 x 200 relay team that finished third in Yerington.
Basile will also represent North Tahoe in the long jump after placing fifth in zones.
James Laughlin will be the sole male representation of the throwers after placing second in the shot put. Laughlin just missed in the discus with a sixth-place finish.
Kelly Hester will represent North Tahoe in the 100 after finishing fifth in Yerington.
Alcyen Johnson took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles and fourth place in the 300 hurdles to earn her trip to Vegas.
The Laker girls 4 x 200 relay team of Morgan Paulson, Lauren Robinson, Erin Altick and Amy Terzian qualified for the state meet by taking second at zones.
The 4 x 400 team made up of Paulson, Altick, Carly McCready and Terzian qualified with a fifth-place finish.
Altick, Caitlin Cullen, Caitlyn King and McCready also qualified as the 4 x 800 relay team with a third-place finish in Yerington.
Taylor Pasvantis will compete in the girls long jump after finishing fourth at zones.
Kelly Hester took second place and Kelly Altick took fourth in the triple jump to qualify for the state meet.
Kayli Beede and Ellie Krauss both qualified for the state meet as throwers with fifth-place finishes, Beede in the shot put and Krauss in discus.
Marple was sixth in both the 100 and the long jump, Scott Smelser was eighth in the 1,600-meter event and Joey Griffo was seventh in the 3,200.
Ryan Blount was eighth in the 300 hurdles.
The boys 4 x 100 relay team was in first place going into the final hand-off, where they dropped the baton and were disqualified.
Joey Griffo, Nacho Mendoza, Logan Greenwood and Miles Heapes were sixth place as the 4 x 800 relay team.
Kelly Hester was sixth in the 100 and seventh in the long jump.
Morgan Paulson was seventh in the 200.
Carly McCready was eighth in the 3,200 and Kelly Altick was sixth in the 100 hurdles and eighth in the 300 hurdles.
Keely Marple, Morgan Paulson, Lauren Robinson and Amy Terzian were seventh in the 4 x 100 relay.
Kea Joliecur and Amy Leininger were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the girls shot put.
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