Berry, Palacios has outstanding State meet for South Tahoe |

Berry, Palacios has outstanding State meet for South Tahoe

Douglas Etten
Steve Puterski / Lahontan Valley NewsBlair Berry soars through the air on his way to a jump that pushed the tape to over 20-10 - good for third place in the 3A long jump finals at the NIAA State Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – The season for the South Tahoe High School track and field team came to an end at the NIAA State championships this past Saturday in Las Vegas.

A strong performances from Blair Berry led things on the boys side. It combined with a few standout performances, like Ali Palacios, on the girls side which highlighted the NIAA 3A State championships.

“I am so proud of all of the athletes,” head coach Melissa Berry said. “They took a difficult season and really turned out some great performances.”

Berry, Conner Henderson and Erik and Brandon Cramer all recorded point scoring finishes for the Vikings who finishing ninth overall out of 11 teams at the end-of-season championships.

In the team standings, Churchill County took home the overall boys title as they scored 133.5 team points. They were followed in second place by Elko (107), Boulder City (98) and Moapa Valley (90).

Berry placed himself in scoring positions in three separate events. He was seventh overall in the 100 meter dash (12.12), sixth fastest in the 200 meter finals (23.59) and jumped 20-10 3/4 which was the third best effort in the 3A division.

Henderson was fifth fastest in the 1,600 meter run where he finished in a time of 4:42.55. He also tackled the 3,200 meter event and finished in a scoring spot of fourth there with his time of 10:20.61.

The Cramer brothers made sure they came home with hardware and the scored for South Tahoe in the hurdle events.

Brandon scored in both as he paced a seventh place time of 16.33 in the 110 meter event. He then came in the 300 meter hurdles and ran to a third place podium finish in a time of 41.49.

Erik Cramer placed in the 300 meter event as well. He was in seventh place with a time of 43.11.

In the results on the girls side, Palacios was the third fastest overall when the 100 meter dash finals were through. She fired a time of 13.03 which was bested only by Madison Murray (12.93) of Churchill County and Lisa Aguilar (12.79) of Sparks.

Without a healthy Shelby McIntyre, who qualified in three events, in the South Tahoe lineup, South Tahoe still managed to score 23 team points which was good for 10th place overall. The team championship went to Elko (148) who easily outscored second place Fernley (116).

Palacios’ had a great race in the 100 meter hurdles as well. The South Tahoe senior managed a time of 16.34 which place her second behind only Amelia Maguin of Fernley who won with a pace of 16.02.

The girls had two relay teams which placed in the top eight.

De’Ja Demby, Brooke King, Karly Arroues and Palacios combined for a time of 4:17.87 which was third fastest in the 4×400 meter relay. In the 4×800 meter event it was Arroues, Madeline Dant, Sarah Benedict and Karley Martinez who were sixth fastest in a time of 10:31.23.

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