Leading into the first grand tournament of the season, the Greenwave boys and girls track and field teams placed in the top two of last weekend’s 84th annual Yerington Relays.
“That’s the most points we’ve scored in a long time,” Fallon girls coach Paul Orong said. “Our whole team came through and worked hard. They’ve been working really hard. They came together as a team on Saturday.”
The Lady Wave took first with 151 points, beating out Fernley by 44.5 points, while Dayton took fifth followed by South Tahoe and Sparks for the 3A teams. Fallon’s boys team fell 1.5 points shy of first as Fernley won with 118. Fallon, though, did finish higher than Sparks (116.5 vs. 112), Dayton (57.5) and South Tahoe (11) for the 3A teams.
“Great meet for the boys,” Fallon boys coach Steve Heck said. “A little disappointing to miss first place by just a point and a half, but overall a great day. We had a lot of personal bests and just some great efforts for an early season meet.”
Fallon hosts the Elks Invitational, the first large meet of the year, on Saturday at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex.
“The meet was a nice warm up to our big home invitational,” Heck said. “It had some nice competition and got the kids a taste of what bigger meets are like. This week’s meet will be packed with great competition and will be an exciting day.”
Senior Whitney Skabelund won two field events and placed in the top four in two track events to lead the Lady Wave.
Skabelund leaped 15 feet, 6 inches to take the long jump and 34-10 in the triple as Fallon placed four in the top five of the long jump and three of the top five in the triple. Brynlee Shults took second in both jumping events with 15-4.75 in the long and 32-6 in the triple. Cassidy East jumped 14-1.5 to take fourth in the long followed by Sierra Hickox at 13-9.25. Hickox also took fifth in the triple at 31-2. East was fourth in the high jump at 4-8 followed by Mayla Dahl at 4-6 for sixth.
Misaki Claire finished second in both the shot put and discus after throwing for a personal record of 93-4 in the discus. She threw for 28-4.5 in the shotput. Gracy Lisanti finished fifth in the discus at 77-4 and Chandler McAlexander was 26-11.5 in the shot put. State medalist LeAnn Stands didn’t compete.
Allie Lister took third in the pole vault at 7-6 to round out the fielding events.
Freshman Kyndal Collins took second in the 100- and 200-meter races with times of 13.92 of 28.08. Hickox took fourth in the 100 at 14.13 and Amanda Pursley was sixth in the 3200 at 15:57.30. Skabelund finished second in the 300-meter hurdles at 51.27 and fourth in the 100 hurdles at 17.91, a personal record. Dahl, Shelby Hickox and Elizabeth Ebner were 0.16 second within each other for fourth place in the 100 hurdles.
All but one relay team placed in the top four with the 4x100 team of Shelby Hickox, Emily Evett, Lillie Wohle and Collins finishing second at 54.99. Emahne Patacsil, East, Ebner and Lister took fourth in the 4x400 at 4:45.99, and Amanda Pursley, Bailee Walker-Morris, Corin Ramos and Savannah Robinson took second in the 4x800 at 11:56.95.
“A lot of people caught me off guard,” Orong said about his team’s relays. “It’s been pretty well. Our team really stepped up.”
Peterson, Mauga lead boys to second place
T.J. Mauga swept the discus and shot put while Colton Peterson won the 100 to lead Fallon.
Mauga improved on his marks from the first meet by throwing for 44-9.5 feet in the shot put and 151-4 in the discus. Peterson won the 100 in 11.82.
Drake Copley took fifth in the 100 in 12.23 and Broder Thurston was fourth in the 200 at 24.32. Micah Whitaker finished fifth in the 400 at 56.12 and Joe Terry was fourth in the 1600 at 4:59.29 and sixth in the 800 at 2:15.98.
Reid Clyburn finished third in the 300 hurdles at 42.96 and fifth in the 110 hurdles at 17.90, both personal records. Trevor East finished fifth in the 300 at 44.67 and sixth in the 110 at 18.20, also personal records. Trevor Brown was seventh in the 110 at 18.85.
“Reid Clyburn ran a tremendous 300 hurdle race setting a big personal record,” Heck said. “He was followed closely by Trevor East who also ran a personal best.”
The 4x100 relay team took first at 46.09 while the 4x400 finished fourth at 3:47.45. Jacob Weber, Clayton Steelmon, Peterson and Copley competed on the 4x100. The 4x400 team consisted of Thursdton, Terry, East and Clyburn.
In the field events, Ben Dooley took fifth in the shot put at 39-1.75 and sixth in the discus at 114-2. Angelo Vann improved by 4 inches to finish sixth in the high jump at 5-4, which was 2 inches higher than Zeke Washington and Clyburn, who tied for ninth. Whitaker leaped 9 feet in the pole vault for seventh.
Bryan Duenas led the team in the pits with a jump of 39-4 to take third in the triple and 18-2 in the long for fourth. Less than a foot separated Thurston, East and John Kirkland in the triple jump with Thurston’s 37-10 mark good for fifth. Kirkland had a personal record of 17-6 in the long.