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Nevada State Meet Preview

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John Dixon of RS/NV   on May 19 2011, 04:05 AM

By Phil Lawton

Centennial, Silverado, and McQueen Favored in 4A State Track

 

Centennial and Silverado will likely battle defending champion McQueen for the 4A Boys track title, while Centennial appears to have the edge to take back the 4A Girls title from McQueen.

 

“The best Nevada track and field athletes in one place for two days of exciting competition,” proclaimed Meet Director John Dixon. “Everything from a 14:00 girl 3200 meter runner to the #1 800 meter runner in the nation.”

 

The 800 meter runner Dixon referred to is Nick Hartle, the Centennial junior, who led his Bulldogs to the Sunset Region championship with wins in the 400, 800, and 1600 meter run, and ran the anchor leg on the winning 1600 meter relay team.

 

Blocking Hartle’s way are a dynamic duo from Silverado, the Sunrise champs: Ladale Jackson, winner of the Sunrise 100, 200, and 400 and Dante Carter, winner of the Sunrise 800, 1600, and runner-up in the 3200 (behind Colin Smith of Del Sol).

 

Centennial has a strong supporting cast led by hurdlers Jayson Matlock and Keith Lewis, thrower Jared Cody, and distance runners Kyle Merritt and Dominic Lopez.

 

The Northern Region champs, McQueen, will counter with a strong contingent led by Arnold Carillo, the Northern Region 200 and 400 champ, and Joe Lesar, the top seed in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles.

 

“Dante and Ladale are solid performers who have been consistent all year,” said Silverado coach Jerry Oliver. “While it is going to be a treat to watch them perform against the likes of Hartle, (Brian) Jordan (1600/3200 champ from Galena), Carrillo, and Smith, I think the Championship will be decided by our other nine athletes. We need some solid performances in the field events and relays if we are going to bring home the Title. Nick is a great athlete but there will be no coasting to victories at State. He is going to have to battle Carter and Jordan in the 1600 and then come back one hour later and take on Jackson and Carrillo in the 400.  If he pulls that off, Nick and Centennial deserve to be State Champions.”

 

The 4A Girls meet should be less close. Centennial’s girls dominated the Sunset Region meet and qualified athletes for state in 13 of the 18 events. McQueen, the Northern Region champs, qualified athletes in 11 events.

 

 

Centennial has four athletes who have qualified in multiple events: senior Karli Johonnot with four—both hurdles, 200, and high jump; freshman Sydney Badger with four—winner of the 800, 1600, and 3200 and a member of the Sunset-winning 3200 relay team; sophomore Tamara William with three—the 100, 200 and the top-seeded 800 meter relay team; and freshman Tiana Bonds with three—both hurdles and the Sunset-winning 1600 meter relay team.

 

“We have set ourselves up in good position going into the state finals,” said Centennial’s Jessica Scobell. “ I feel confident that Tamera William, Tiana Bonds, LaTangie Richard and Karli Johonnot will provide some key performances that will put us in the hunt for a state title. McQueen is our biggest competition. Reed and Legacy have some big individual competitors that will make our job more difficult than it was at Region.”

 

McQueen will need big points from Brianna Tate in the 200 and 400, where she is the top seed; and Katie Hufford in the 300 hurdles and the long jump, where she is the top seed. Reed freshman Gabby Williams is the number one seed in the high jump and number three seed in the 300 hurdles.

 

Legacy’s Candice McFarland and Avione Allgood are ranked among the best in the nation and favored to win all four of their events: McFarland, the two hurdle events, and Allgood, the shot put and the discus.

 

 

3A team competition could be close between Churchill County, Elko, Boulder City, and Moapa Valley on the boy’s side. Elko, Fernley, and Boulder City are the leading contenders for the 3A Girls title.

 

Top 3A boys include: Boulder City sprinter/hurdler Joe Woodbury; Boulder City thrower James Morgan, ranked number one in the state in the shot put; and Moapa Valley’s Chase Witter, the defending state 400 and 800 meter champ, and Josh Thompson, the defending state 3200 meter champ and top seed in this year’s 1600.

 

Boulder City’s Jessica Tobler (800-1600-3200) and Tasja Toumasis (200-400) won five events between them and anchored two winning relay teams (3200R and 1600R) at the 3A Region meet.  

 

The Boys 2A meet should be close between White Pine, Rite of Passage, and Whittell. It will feature one of the top distance runners in Nevada, John Robinson, a senior from Whittell, who won four events—400-800-1600-3200—at the 2A Northern Region meet. Incline and Laughlin are the leading contenders in the 2A Girls meet.

 

The 1A Boys meet will feature a match up of the two teams that dominated their region meet, Sierra Lutheran from the North and Spring Mountain from the South. Beatty and Wells are the leading contenders for the Girls 1A title, each having won their regional by wide margins.    

 

Competition begins on Friday at 3 p.m. at Del Sol H.S. and continues on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. in all four classes.

 

(Phil Lawton)

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