Wave win regional, blow past field
YERINGTON — Deep and talented is too much to overcome.
The Fallon boys track team blew past the competition during Friday and Saturday’s Northern Division I-A regional meet.
The Greenwave won their third straight regional title with 180.5 points followed by Elko (104.5) and Dayton (90.5). Fallon, though, heads into this week’s state meet with an opportunity to win its third consecutive state championship.
The Lady Wave, meanwhile, tied for third with Dayton behind Spring Creek (137.5) and Elko (136).
The Wave will bring eight individuals to compete in nine events as well as three of the four relay teams.
An area of concern, though, is the failure to earn state berths in the shot put, discus, high jump, 400, 1,600 and 4×400 races. Although Fallon came up short in those events, the Wave scored big in the jumps.
Fallon will send three athletes each in the long and triple jumps. Tyson Ernst and Beau Marshall will compete in the long and triple jumps, while Nick Marsan earned a spot in the long jump and Jake Ernst will join Marshall and Tyson Ernst in the triple jump.
Sprinters Tyson Ernst and Trent Tarner qualified in the 100 and 200 events as Ernst won the 100 (11.45 seconds) and was second in the 200 (23.13), while Tarner won the 200 (23.04) and was second in the 100 (11.49).
Hurdler Nick Marsan won the 110 (15.97) and 300 (41.35) events, while Nathan Heck placed third and second, respectively. Nathan Schank, meanwhile, won the 800 (2:00.24), although Fallon was shut out in the 1,600.
Tanner Boone came through for the Wave in the 3,200 with a fourth-place finish (10:07.66).
Heck added a win in the pole vault as the sophomore cleared 13 feet to earn his first regional title.
The Lady Wave, meanwhile, were carried by Elena Murray.
The sensational junior won the 100 hurdles (16.07), long jump (15-9.75) and triple jump (34-4). She also placed third in the 200 (26.8) — only her third time competing in the event.
Abigail Belbin joins Murray in the long jump after Belbin placed third at 14-8. In the triple jump, Julianne Hale took second (31-7.5), while Belbin placed fourth (30-7).
Maddie Alegre’s push for a second state title in the pole vault is alive as she grabbed second with a height of 9 feet. Senior Kelsey Reibsamen took fourth at 8 feet. Alegre, though, was 1 inch shy of qualifying for state in the long jump as she placed fifth (14-5.5).
Fallon’s 4×400 relay team took fourth with a mark of 4:16.92.
Emily Coleman fell short in the shot put with a toss of 31-10.5 — 2 feet out of fourth, and finished fifth in discus (99-1), more than 2 feet out of reach.