State track ends with podium finishes for area athletes

Carson, Sierra Lutheran and Dayton results from state track

Carson High’s Kaylynn Bloomfield leaps over one of the final hurdles of the 300-meter hurdles during the Class 5A state track and field meet at Carson High. Bloomfield was the quickest runner from the North in the event, taking fifth in 46.64 seconds.

Carson High’s Kaylynn Bloomfield leaps over one of the final hurdles of the 300-meter hurdles during the Class 5A state track and field meet at Carson High. Bloomfield was the quickest runner from the North in the event, taking fifth in 46.64 seconds.
Photo by Jeff Mulvihill, Jr. | InstaImage.

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Carson High School track and field had several runners end the season on high notes and earn spots on the podium at the Class 5A state track and field meet at Carson over the weekend.

In the 300-meter hurdles, senior Kaylynn Bloomfield posted a personal record time of 46.64 seconds to take fifth place.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Carson junior Anne Davis bested the rest of Northern Nevada in taking fifth in the event.

Davis crossed the line in 16:13, setting a personal record in the season’s last race.

The Senators’ 4x800-meter relay team put together a fourth-place finish in 9 minutes, 44.17 seconds to break the school record it had set last year by more than four seconds.

The grouping of Brianna Rodriguez-Nunez, Vea Miner, Nastasia Sulprizio and Hannah Budd were thrilled with their race after learning of knocking off last season’s mark.

“Given it was our school record, it feels pretty good,” said Miner.

“I am extremely proud of all of us. We worked so hard for this,” said Rodriguez-Nunez. “We all came out here with the mindset of just working hard and pushing ourselves and we did just that.”

Sulprizio is a new addition to the team, wrapping up her freshman season.

“I’m really happy. This is my first year with the team and I really love it,” Sulprizio said.

The Senator girls distance runners are becoming quite familiar with setting their own benchmarks, coming off back-to-back state cross country titles.

Running shorter distances makes for some challenges in training.

“The training is a lot different. We focus on short distances and speed. In XC you have to have a lot more endurance with your lungs,” said Budd. “The focus is a lot more on speed in the short term.”

In the girls shot put, freshman Julie Salanoa finished her first season with the Senators with a seventh-place finish with a throw of 33 feet, 2.75 inches, a season-best mark.

The Carson High boys 4x800-meter relay put together a seventh-place finish in 8:29.98; the team was made up of Alex Miner, Jaren Thornburg, Quinn Kuchnicki and Sean Thornton.


The Sierra Lutheran boys 4x100-meter relay team didn’t expect to take second place at regionals.

The Falcons didn’t think they’d be at the state meet.

Last weekend, the foursome qualified by putting together a season record by more than two seconds.

At the state meet, they nearly knocked off the school record of 45.33, set in 2017.

Saturday, the combination of David Luhr Immen, Scott Schroder, Michael Miles and Nathan Tack ran a 45.39 and in doing so took second place at the state meet.

“Bittersweet; we were that close and then the season ends,” said Miles.

The second-place finish at state, however, left no bitterness for the Falcons who said it never really felt like a possibility.

“I didn’t think we’d make it to state. It’s a blessing, especially with this team,” said Luhr Immen.

Luhr Immen, a senior, closed out his final state meet with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash (11.31), which is second on the school’s all-time list.

He was also fourth in the high jump, where he cleared six feet even.

In the 400, Tack took seventh in 53.21.

Miles went on to take third in the shot put (43-3.5) and fourth in the discus (115-6).

The boys 4x800-meter relay team was eighth in 10:02.64 between Chandler Ricks, Daniel Poole, Noah Sever and Matthew Alpers.

The Sierra Lutheran girls had a number of top performances at the state meet, as well.

Sophomore Sydney Sufka won the state title in the pole vault with a clearance of 7 feet, 6 inches.

Sufka finished in eighth in the 100-meter dash in 14.03.

In the 400-meter dash, junior Kayla Carpenter and freshman Sofia Gilson took second and third, respectively.

Carpenter finished in a time of 1:02.59 while Gilson was just moments behind her in 1:02.97.

Carpenter was fifth in the 200 in 28.18.

The Falcons’ 4x100-meter relay team of Sufka, Carpenter, Gilson and Rukhsana Khan crossed the line in seventh place in 56.16.

In her fourth event, Carpenter took fifth in the shot put with a mark of 30-2.25.

The Sierra Lutheran girls scored 35 points to finish seventh while the boys had 32 points, taking 10th.

(Sierra Lutheran’s Kayla Carpenter, near, and Sofia Gilson come down the final stretch of the Class 2A girls 400-meter dash at the state meet at Carson. Carpenter and Gilson finished second and third, respectively. Jeff Mulvihill, Jr. | InstaImage)


Dayton High junior Rhys Evans is creeping his way up the Dust Devils’ all-time leaderboard in the pole vault after setting a personal record at the Class 3A state meet over the weekend.

Evans’ final clearance came at 13 feet, 9 inches which ranks his third in school history and earned him second place at the state meet.

Lowry sophomore Brent Kenison was the only vaulter to beat him with a mark of 14 feet even.

The Dust Devils’ only other state qualifier came in the high jump courtesy of freshman Madison Tinsley.

Tinsley wasn’t able to PR, but put together a clearance of 4-6 to take eighth place.

(Dayton High’s Rhys Evans vaults over the bar at the Class 3A state track meet this past weekend at Carson. Evans took second place in the event with a top clearance of 13 feet, nine inches. Carter Eckl / Nevada Appeal)


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