Fallon boys win regional title; Lady Wave finishes 5th
Fallon flexed its muscles on the track and ran to another regional team championship on Saturday.
The Greenwave boys track and field team captured the Northern 3A regional crown at the Edward Arciniega Athletic Complex thanks to a pair of first-place finishes from senior sprinter Colton Peterson, a title from the 4×100 relay team and several top-four finishes. Fallon accumulated 117 points to beat Sparks (106.5) and Spring Creek (105.5). The Fallon girls finished fifth with 62 points as Spring Creek won with 182.5.
Peterson saved his best for the second-to-last meet of his Fallon career.
He ran a 10.84-second 100-meters to win on Friday and then followed with a 21.83 showing to win the 200 on the next day, which broke the school record set by ex-Greenwave coach Steve Heck.
Peterson, along with teammates seniors Reid Clyburn and Trevor East, and sophomore Jonathan Cisneros, captured the 4×100 relay with a time of 43.69. The 4×200 team of senior Angelo Vann, juniors Zeke Washington and Jhadiel Robles, and Cisneros finished third at 1:35.42. The 4×400 team of Clyburn, Robles, Washington and senior Tristen Mathisen missed state by less than 3 seconds (fifth), clocking in at 3:40.13.
Robles and Washington, though, punched their ticket to state individually in the 400 with Robles taking third at 51.98 and Washington in fourth at 52.80 – both times being personal bests. East finished second in the 110 hurdles at 15.80 and Clyburn snuck in at fourth in 16.05, both times also being personal bests. Clyburn ran a season-best 41.38 to finish second in the 300 hurdles.
In the field events, East took second in both the long and triple jumps at 19 feet, 11 inches and 43-2, the latter being a personal best. Vann finished fourth in the long at 18-7 and senior Bryan Duenas finished third in the triple at 40-8.25. Vann and Robles missed qualifying in the triple by a couple of feet.
Freshman Luke Sorensen finished sixth in the pole vault at 10 feet followed by junior Morgan Lawry in eighth at 9-6.
For the girls, they faced harsh luck in sending a handful of individuals.
Sophomore Aisha Sharron won the triple jump at 34-3.75 and took third in the long at 15-7. Freshman McCartney McAlexander finished third in the triple at 32-10.75, a personal best, while senior Glenda Lee had a personal best of 14-11.75 but fell short of qualifying, needing almost 7 more inches.
Senior Allie Lister finished third in the pole vault, matching her personal best of 10 feet, and Lee, also matching her best, cleared 9 feet to take sixth, followed by freshman Michaella Simmons taking eighth at 8 feet.
Sharron qualified in the high jump after clearing 4-8 for a tie for fourth followed by sophomore Hailey Guerrero at 4-4 for eighth and senior Maya Dahl and junior Savannah Robinson tying for 10th at 4-2.
Junior Tiffany Sorensen finished fourth in the discus at 109-6 to lead the throwers. She threw 30-2.75 to take sixth in the shot put and freshman Madeline Stephens finished sixth in the discus at 98-9, a personal best, and seventh in the shot put at 29-11.75.
Fallon barely missed qualifying for state in several running events.
The 4×100 relay of Lee, Lister, Sorensen and freshman Zoey Brown took fifth with a season-best 53.99, which was 0.32 seconds shy of fourth, while the 4×400 team of Brown, McAlexander, freshman Jacilyn Cathey and Makayle Mathisen finished sixth at 4:36.40, needing to shave off 7 seconds. McAlexander missed the cut in the 100 hurdles by 0.07 seconds, taking fifth at 16.79, a personal best.