Mixed results for South Tahoe at Fallon Elks invitational
FALLON, Nev. – South Tahoe coach Geoff Nelson described his team’s performance at the 40th annual Fallon Elks Invitational as, “a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.”
Most of the ups were on the girls’ side, with Karley Martinez placing fifth in the 800-meter race at 2:37.70, and Shelby McIntyre finishing third in the mile at 5:32.60 and seventh in the two-mile at 12:55.60. The girls’ 400-meter relay team, made up of Jordyn Dion, Myriah Klug, De’Ja Demby and Brooke King, finished fifth overall and were the first 3A team to cross the finish line with a time of 53.11. It was nothing but 4A schools ahead of them. The 3200-meter relay team – made up of McIntyre, Martinez, Dion and Andi Ebright – finished fifth with a time of 10:34.
“Our girls team is very well-rounded. We seem to have some studs in most areas in track and field. We’re hoping that pays off at the end of the season,” Nelson said.
He singled out Dion for her efforts on the weekend. The freshman was the third leg on the 400-meter relay team after running the 1600-meter race right before, finishing 23rd with a time of 6:02.50.
“Which is pretty unheard of in track and field,” Nelson said of Dion’s back-to-back race efforts.
Klug made the 800-meter finals, but received a did not start. Nelson still liked what he saw out of the freshman.
“She was very, very impressive. I coached her in basketball and I knew she was an athlete, but she still surprised me on Saturday,” Nelson said.
As a team, the South Tahoe girls finished with 20 points, good for 14th. Douglas won the event with 99.50 points, followed by Elko with 64 points and Damonte Ranch in third with 60.50 points.
The South Tahoe boys failed to score a point at the event. Some of their best showings came from Connor Henderson in the 1600-meter race. He finished 15th with a time of 5:07.80. He also finished 17th in the 3200. Harley Norton wasn’t too far behind him, finishing 27th in the mile and 24th in the two-mile. Tyler Myers made the finals for the Vikings in the 800-meter race, finishing 27th. Isaac Mirzagedan, Freddy Betenzos and Ulises Caro also ran in the 800-meter finals for South Tahoe. David Cassaday was 19th in the 300-meter hurdles finals, and Joe Letosky was 30th. The boys 400-meter relay team, made up of Brandon Cramer, Letosky, Cassaday and Ivan Parra, was 17th. Greg Baghdikian tied for 19th in the high jump and finished 35th in the long jump. Cassaday was 29th and Cale Backinger was 31st in the long jump.
The Whittell Warriors were able to score some points as a team, finishing 23rd with three points on the girls side and 21st with three points on the boys side.
Whittell’s Sierra Forvilly finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 19.16 -the only 2A athlete to finish in the top eight of the event. In the 300-meter hurdles she finished eighth with a time of 55.29, again the only 2A athlete to score a point in the event. Gisselle Benitez, Casey Simon and Alexa Cooper all participated in the 400-meter finals. Sabrina Trachsel and Danica Bunnet competed in the 800 meter finals, finishing in the top 20. Bunnet was 30th in the 1600-meter and Trachsel was 32nd in the long jump. Hailey Elliott tied for 23rd in the high jump.
On the boys’ side, Whittell was led by Mark Waite in the 1600-meter race, finishing sixth with a time of 4:57. Freshman Gabreil Aguilar finished 48th in the 400-meter finals. Jenner Felton, Mikey George, Jenner Felton and Waite finished in the top 20 of the 800-meter race.
Girls team results
1, Douglas 99.5. 2, Reed 68. 3, Damonte Ranch 60.5. 4, Elko 56. 4, McQueen 56. 6 Reno 53. 7, Carson 51.5. 8, Yerington 32. 9, Fallon 30. 10, Hug 29. 11, Bishop Manogue 27. 12, Spanish Springs 24. 13, Truckee 20. 14, Fernley 18. 15, South Tahoe 14. 16, Galena 13.5. 17, Spring Creek 13. 18, Dayton 7. 19, Wooster 5.5. 19, Pershing County 5.5. 21, Silver Stage 5. 22, Sierra Lutheran 4. 23, North Tahoe 3. 23, Whittell 3. 25, Lowry 1.
Boys team results
1, Reno 114. 2, Fallon 96. 3, McQueen 74. 4, Reed 56. 5, Elko 51. 6, Douglas 50.3. 7, Galena 36. 8, Fernley 34. 9, Damonte Ranch 33. 10, Hug 32. 11, Rite of Passage 26. 12, Sierra Lutheran 20. 13, Carson 19.6. 14, Bishop Manogue 19. 15, Spanish Springs 18. 16, Lowry 12. 17, Dayton 10. 17, Spring Creek 10. 19, Yerington 9. 20, Silver Stage 8. 21, Whittell 3. 21, Wooster 3. 23, Truckee 1.