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Daly, Smith help Knights to Tah-Neva title

Kingsbury Middle School won seven of the 13 individual events to bring home the team title at the Tah-Neva League Track and Field Championships on May 17 at Carson Middle School in Carson City.

Kelsey Smith and Hannah Daly each won three events as the Knights claimed the eighth-grade girls’ title with 107 points. Carson was second with 89 points and South Tahoe finished third with 65 in the 10-team competition.

“Eighth grade was so good this year. We won basketball, volleyball and track,” Daly said. “We’re always saying, ‘Good job,’ to each other and keeping each other’s spirits high.”



Smith swept the distance events, winning the 3,200 meters in 12 minutes, 40 seconds as only boys’ champ Nick Schlager of Carson was able to beat her with his time of 12:25. Smith also won the 1,600 in 5:53 and the 800 in 2:42.

“We all thought we could do it and were really happy we did it,” Smith said.



Daly showed her strength, hops and speed by winning the high jump (5 feet), long jump (15 feet) and 100-meter dash (13.40 seconds).

“She is good at everything,” Smith said of her teammate.

Staying busy and helping her team succeed are high on Daly’s track and field priority list.

“I like doing four events during a track meet,” she said. “You have all day so you don’t want to be sitting there all of the time. You want to do as much as you can to help the team.”

Both Daly and Smith posted results that would have won state titles at the NIAA 2A Track and Field Championships last weekend in Reno. Smith’s time in the 3,200 would have won the state championship, and Daly’s high jump and 100-meter results were state title worthy as well.

Shannon Marshall provided the Knights with their seventh individual title by winning the 75-meter hurdles in 13.40. Marshall also finished runner-up to Daly in the high jump at 5-0.

Another key to the Knights winning the championship was their overall depth.

Key points were delivered by Lauren Andrew, fifth in shot put, 29-0; Marshall, sixth in 400, 1:12.72; Grace Greenspan, sixth in discus, 64-2; Chloe LeGras, sixth in the 75 (14.40) and 200 hurdles (36.1) and high jump (4-4); Greenspan, sixth, discus, 64-2; Savannah Amos, sixth in long jump, 12-2; and Isabel Concha-Foley, sixth in shot put, 26-61Ú2.

“The eighth-grade girls scored at least one point in every event but the 200 meters,” said Kingsbury coach Kevin Huff.

STMS used two second-place finishes by Lindsey McCall and another by Alexis Holmes to finish third in the standings. McCall placed second in the 200 (30.09) and long jump (12-11), while Holmes was only 31Ú2 feet off the winning discus toss with her 69-foot effort. Holmes also placed sixth in the 1,600 at 7:04.

Other STMS competitors to score top-six results were Alexis Nunes-Fenley, third in discus, 68-9; Cassandra Diaz, third in long jump, 12-10; Kasey Roberts, fourth in discus, 65-3; Alyssa Mesecher, fourth in 75 hurdles, 13.78; Jennifer Lenstrom, fifth in 3,200, 18:28.07; Chelsea Wightman, fifth in 1,600, 7:02; Ashley York-Tolen, sixth in 3,200, 18:28.05; and Diaz, sixth in 100, 14.00.

Palacios, Zaccor claim titles

Alexandra Palacios and T.J. Zaccor each won two first-place medals in the seventh-grade girls’ division. Palacios excelled in the hurdles, winning the 75 in 13.35 and 200 in 33.16.

Meanwhile, Zaccor pulled off a tough distance double, capturing the 3,200 in 13:04 and the 1,600 in 6:08.

STMS’s Chelsea Rabbetts took home the 800-meter title in 2:52 as the Timberwolves wound up fourth in the team standings. Carson won on its home terrain with 113 points, with Eagle Valley taking second with 89 points, Carson Valley third (75) and STMS fourth (68).

Rabbetts also delivered a fourth-place result in the 1,600, finishing at 6:28.

Kingsbury’s big point scorers were Sammy Brumbach and Rachel Ford. Brumbach recorded second-place finishes in the 200 meters (29.63) and long jump (12-1), while Ford was second in the shot put (27-9) and third in the discus (57-9).

Kingsbury’s Riana Cerceo and Amanda Southard pocketed third-place medals. Cerceo got hers in the triple jump (26-1) and Southard in the long jump (11-10).

Other top-six individual results were recorded by Kingsbury’s Sammy Rupp, fourth in 3,200, 14:55; STMS’s Kendall Madsen, fourth in shot put, 27-0; STMS sixth-grader Madeline Dant, sixth in the 3,200, 15:13; Kingsbury’s Ellie McCall, sixth in the 75 hurdles, 14.62; STMS’s Kristen Riegel, sixth in long jump, 11-5; and STMS’s Catie Davenport, sixth in triple jump, 24-8.

Berry places in four events

Blair Berry placed in four events to lead the STMS seventh-grade boys to fourth place. Berry was runner-up in the 200 (28.19), third in the 400 (1:06.57), third in the long jump (14 feet, 4 inches) and fifth in the shot put (35-8 1/2).

Erik Cramer and Rigel Garman placed – finishing in the top six – for the Timberwolves. Cramer was a close second in the 75 hurdles in 12.66 and fourth in the 200 hurdles in 32.5. In the 75 hurdles, Cramer finished only .01 behind the winner. Garman tied for third in the 75 hurdles at 13.25 and was sixth in the 200 at 29.59.

Andrew Contaxis and sixth-grader Jason Reum and Aaron Piazzo also scored points for the Timberwolves. Contaxis took fifth in the 400 at 1:09.12, Reum was sixth in the long jump at 13-3 and Piazzo placed fifth in the 1,600 at 6:12.

Cody Williams helped Kingsbury finish eighth by placing fourth in the triple jump (29-3) and sixth in the high jump (4-6). T.J. Kolesnik and Trevor Fairbank scored top-six performances, with Kolesnik placing fourth in the discus at 85-2 and Fairbank sixth in the discus at 80-91Ú2.

Carson Middle School won the title with 120 points and was followed by Eagle Valley (107), Alder Creek (79), South Tahoe (57) and North Tahoe (30).

Morgan, Burns star in eighth-grade meet

South Tahoe and Kingsbury finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the eighth-grade boys’ meet.

Jimi Burns of STMS and Jordan Morgan of Kingsbury burned up the track in the speed events. Burns was runner-up in the 100 (12.60) and 200 (25.59), losing the former by only .10 and the latter by .62. Morgan was only .20 off the winning time with his second-place time of 28.97 in the 200 hurdles and he tied for second in a tight 75 hurdles race. His time of 12.28 was a mere .06 out of first place.

Phil Gielow racked up the points for Kingsbury as well. Gielow placed in three events, with his best being a second-place effort in the shot put at 37-111Ú2. He also collected a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 100 (12.92) and discus (88-2 1/2).

Kingsbury teammate Kyler Felton reached 16-8 in the long jump to take second place.

Third-place medals went to STMS’s Jordan Yingling, 3,200, 13:12; and Evan Rabbetts, 400, 1:01. Rabbetts also finished fifth in the long jump at 14-9.

Fourth-place results were recorded by three local athletes: STMS’s Tanner Braun, 800, 2:36; STMS’s Erich Baumann, discus, 99 feet; and Kingsbury’s Nick Warner, shot put, 36-51Ú2.

Peter Chu and McQuade Brubaker provided STMS with sixth-place results. Chu ran a 2:40 in the 800 and a 5:56 in the 1,600, while Brubaker was timed in 1:05 in the 400.

Top team scores were Eagle Valley 147, Carson 64, Pau-Wa-Lu 58, Alder Creek 55, South Tahoe 53 and Kingsbury 39.


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