The chase for an unprecedented third straight state championship begins Friday for the Fallon boys track team.
The Greenwave flexed their muscle Saturday at the Lowry Invitational and showed they are the team to beat in the Northern Division I-A. Fallon blew away the field to win the event with 182.5 points followed by Spring Creek (108) and Elko (106).
The Lady Wave, meanwhile, placed third with 91.5 points behind Spring Creek (158) and Elko (146).
Both teams return to the track for the Northern DI-A regional meet Friday and Saturday in Yerington. Friday’s action begins at 2 p.m., while Saturday’s meet starts at 9 a.m.
Last weekend, though, the boys displayed dominating performances in the sprints, hurdles and jumps.
Trent Tarner and Tyson Ernst captured first and third, respectively, in the 100- and 200-meter races. Cameron Kissick added a fourth-place finish in the 400 (53.71 seconds), while Tristen Thomson took fifth in the 800 (2:10.85).
In the hurdles, Nick Marsan and Nathan Heck continued their reign of dominance in both events. Marsan won the 110 (15.9) and 300 (41.01), while Heck finished second in the 110 (16.07) and third in the 300 (42.32).
The jumps, however, were owned by Fallon. The Wave took four of the top six spots in the long jump and three of the top five in the triple jump.
Beau Marshall won both events with leaps of 19 feet, 10 inches in the long jump and 40-6 in the triple jump. Ernst placed third in the long jump (18-7.5) followed by Marsan in fifth (17-7.5) and Jake Ernst in sixth (17-4.5).
Evan Bitter nabbed second in the triple jump (36-11.5) and Ernst was fifth (36-08.5).
The Lady Wave, meanwhile, were led by Elena Murray, who won the 100 hurdles (15.98), long jump (15-9.25) and triple jump (34-8.5). She also took third in the 200 (27.3).
Like the boys, the Lady Wave owned the triple jump as Fallon placed five in the top eight. Behind Murray were Julianne Hale in third (31-0), Abigail Belbin in fifth (30-4), Lani Martin was seventh (29-7) and Patricia Leggett took eighth (29-1). Belbin also placed third in the long jump (14-11.75) and sixth in the high jump (4-6), while Hale added a third-place finish in the high jump (4-8).
Maddie Alegre continued her solid season in the pole vault, as the defending state champ placed second with a height of 8 feet. Sam Heck finished eighth with a mark of 7 feet.
In the ring, Emily Coleman was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 30-1.5, while Savannah Lamb nabbed eighth in the discus with a throw of 89-2.
Legget and Alexis Romero placed sixth (1:05.27) and seventh (1:05.48), respectively, in the 400.