Lady Lakers win league title; boys finish second
The North Tahoe girls’ track and field team raced past six other squads last weekend in Fallon to capture the Class 2A Northern League championship.
The Lakers boys’ team nearly made it a clean sweep for the program, but finished as runners-up, ending the meet one point behind league champions Coral Academy of Science — Reno.
Senior Josii Johnson led the Lady Lakers during the two-day meet with gold medals in each of her four events. Johnson captured a pair of individual titles and also anchored a pair of first-place relay teams. She took first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 32.70 seconds, and won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:45.14. Johnson also ran on the Lakers’ winning 4×400 meter relay and 4×800 meter relay teams.
Senior Ella Carr teamed up with Johnson during the two relay races, and also won gold in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:06.12. Carr was second in the 1,600 meters with a season-best time of 5:54.04.
Senior AJ Hurt brought the North Tahoe girls their final individual first-place finish, taking the win in triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 10.75 inches. Hurt was also third in long jump with a leap of 32 feet, 10.75 inches, and second in the 100-meter hurdles, setting a personal record with a time of 16.99.
Senior Jillian Ferre was on both of the Lakers’ winning relay teams. She also took second in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 2:36.78.
Also earning gold from relay races were sophomore Reilly Scott and freshman Alex Twomey.
Sophomore Mika Parra set personal records in the 100 meters with a time of 13.22 and in the 200 meters with a time of 27.79, finishing each event in second place. Sophomore Annika Johnson set a personal record in triple jump with a mark of 29 feet, 8.00 inches to claim third place.
As a team, North Tahoe finished with 163 points to top runners-up Incline, who finished with 147 points. The girls set 12 personal records at the meet and had 19 finishes that qualified for this weekend’s state championship meet. The top four finishers in each event earned a berth into the state meet in Las Vegas.
On the boys’ side, sophomore Etienne Bordes brought the team its only individual gold, taking first in the 800 meters with a personal-record time of 2:04.88.
North Tahoe’s 4×400 meter relay team and 4×800 meter relay team each posted first-place finishes. Senior Joe Pierce ran on both teams, and also finished with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 meters with a time of 11.43 and in 400 meters with a time of 51.39. Pierce set personal records in both events.
Junior Nikolas Burkhart also picked up a pair of first-place finishes from relay events, and was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 43.25.
Senior Riley Hacker was on two of the Lakers’ winning relay teams as well. Hacker also finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.98.
Senior Dalton Lamberth and sophomore Connor Johnston were the other two runners on Truckee’s first-place relay squads.
Individually, senior Corey Joslin took second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:34.21 to set a personal record. Senior Dillon Hudson set a personal record in the 200 meters with a time of 23.48 to finish in third.
The Lakers were edged in the meet 136-135 by Coral Academy. The boys set 17 personal records at the meet and had 14 top-four finishes heading into this weekend’s state meet.
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Nevada State High School boys & girls Track & Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at email@example.com.