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Runners only featured at Elko League Meet

ELKO – The Elko League Meet was an abbreviated version to start the season – ground conditions away from the track forcing a cancelation of field events – runners taking center stage.

Several athletes notched multiple victories in their respective events.

Champions

Elko sprinters took top honors in the 100 and 200 meters, senior Joe Telleria winning both races for the boys and junior Phoebe Fagoaga winning each of the girls races.

Telleria posted a time of 11.75 seconds in the 100 meters and crossed the line in 24.09 seconds in the 200 meters.

Fagoaga ran a 13.21 in the 100 meters, finishing the 200 with a time of 27.59 seconds.

Spring Creek junior Rylie Lusk asserted her dominance in the 800 and 1600 meters, winning the half-mile with a time of 2:42.1 and rounding out the mile in 5:55.9.

The Elko hurdlers had lots of success, senior Jeremiah Harris topping the 100-meter and 300-meter events and senior Sariah Pulley winning each race for the girls.

Harris set a personal record with a time of 17.77 seconds in the 100 hurdles, closing with a time of 45.21 in the 300 hurdles.

Pulley set the pace in the girls 100 hurdles in 18.47 seconds, opening a lead of more than two seconds in the 300 hurdles with a time of 52.37 seconds.

In the 400 meters, Elko senior TJ Stevens’ time of 56.05 seconds led the way – Wells senior Amanda Murphy winning the girls race by two seconds with a time of 1:06.6.

Spring Creek junior Noah Mahlke bested the boys in the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.6, and Elko junior Alex Klekas took the 1600-meter title in 4:45.9.

Junior George Skivington set a personal record for the two-mile victory, the Spartan winning the 3200 meters with a time of 10:40.3.

Senior Larissa Mauer gave Spring Creek a clean sweep in the 3200, winning the girls run with a time of 13-minutes flat.

Boys Relays

The Spartans took the victory in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 46.46 seconds, adding another win with a time of 1:38.4 in the 4x200.

Elko won both mid-distance relays, the Indians topping the 4x400 field with a time of 3:51.5 and clocking an 8:47.5 in the 4x800.

Girls Relays

The Lady Indians won the 4x100 relay in 55.62 seconds, claiming the 4x800 win with a time of 11:03.

Spring Creek won the 4x200 with a time of 2:04.2.

Boys Events

100 Meters

Spring Creek junior Chris DeAngelo placed second with a time of 11.96 seconds for a PR, and senior teammate Mason Dixon’s time of 12.06 finished third.

200 meters

A pair of Spring Creek sophomores ranked second and third, Cade Carson closing with a personal-record time of 24.5 seconds and Kyle Walthers finishing in 24.53.

400 Meters

Walthers took second place in the 400 with a time of 56.52 seconds, followed in third by Jackpot senior Ricky Miramontes’ personal record of 56.84 seconds.

800 Meters

Elko junior Peter Neff set a PR in 2:17.1 for second place, followed in third by another personal record of 2:17.7 by Spring Creek junior Logan Allen.

1600 Meters

Senior William Fallini-Haas finished second for the Spartans in 4:47.4, and Elko junior Andres Salas crossed with a time of 5:02.5 for third place.

3200 Meters

Salas finished second in the 3200 with a time of 10:59.6, and third place went to Elko sophomore Duncan Monroe with a time of 11:17.

100 Hurdles

Junior Joe Simpkins followed Harris’ lead with a time of 18.78 seconds for second place and a personal record, third going to Spring Creek senior Ryan Mitchell on a personal-record time of 18.98 seconds.

300 Hurdles

Simpkins also finished second in the 300 hurdles – setting another PR of 46.72 seconds – and a PR by Spring Creek junior Jacob Fisher was good enough for third place in 48.9 seconds.

Girls Events

100 Meters

Spring Creek sophomore Jessica Dorohov ran well for the Lady Spartans, clocking a 13.4 for second place, and Murphy finished with a time of 13.58 seconds and third place for the Lady Leopards.

200 Meters

Dorohov also took second place in the 200 with a time of 27.88 seconds, followed in third by Elko freshman Lillian MacNevin’s time of 28.56.

400 Meters

Spring Creek junior Lindsey Morrill’s time of 1:08.6 finished in second place, sophomore teammate Angelica Cortez’s mark of 1:11.3 ranking third.

800 Meters

Freshman Kendra Lusk was hot on the heels of her older sister – placing second with a time of 2:42.3 – freshman Emma Campbell finishing third for the Lady Spartans in 2:46.3.

1600 Meters

Kendra Lusk also ranked second in the one-mile, closing with a time of 5:56.8.

Elko junior Savanna Carr placed third in 5:58.4.

3200 Meters

Senior Raini Jonson took second place for the Lady Indians in 13:04.4, and junior Mikkala Perchetti finished third for the Lady Spartans with a time of 13:52.7.

100 Hurdles

Spring Creek junior Mary Millican and Elko junior Mackie Griggs tied for second and third place in the 100 hurdles, each crossing the line in 18.73 seconds.

300 Hurdles

Griggs won second outright in the 300 hurdles with a time of 54.4 seconds, Millican ranking third in 54.56 seconds.

The teams and athletes – weather permitting – will be back in action during the Spring Creek League Meet, field events expected to start at 9:30 a.m. and track events beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at Spring Creek High School.


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Alex Ovechkin joins NHL's exclusive 600-goal club

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin put back a rebound and skated into the spotlight as the latest member of the NHL’s 600-goal club.

The captain of the Washington Capitals scored twice Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets to reach the milestone in his 990th regular-season game. Ovechkin became the fourth-fastest player in NHL history to 600 behind only Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull.

“Pretty amazing feeling, pretty cool feeling,” Ovechkin said after the second period. “My wife is here. She just got back from Moscow. She said, ‘I have a feeling you’re gonna score 600 tonight.’”

Ovechkin’s rebound goal past Connor Hellebuyck 3:53 into the second period was his 42nd of the season as he tries to hit 50 for the eighth time. His first goal 4:35 into the first period came on a 5-on-3 power play as the Russian winger looked determined to reach 600 after several games on the doorstep.

Capitals fans who have watched Ovechkin shine as the most productive goal scorer of the past decade-plus gave him a standing ovation for almost a minute after he reached the mark. Chants of “Ovi! Ovi!” continued as he waved from the bench in the moments after and during a video montage at the next timeout.

After scoring 33 goals in 2016-17, his second-lowest total in a non-lockout-shortened season, the 32-year-old Ovechkin’s resurgence made his climb to 600 all the more impressive. No player 32 or older has led the NHL in goals since Phil Esposito in 1974-75.

“He probably is the best goal scorer of our generation,” said Tom Wilson, who had the primary assist on Ovechkin’s 600th. “It’s pretty fun when every time you get him the puck there’s a good chance he’s going to put it in the back of the net.”

Ovechkin recaptured sole possession of the NHL lead against Jets winger Patrik Laine, who had tied him after idolizing the star forward growing up. Even while hoping Ovechkin wouldn’t score No. 600 against Winnipeg, Laine can’t help but appreciate the scoring pace.

“That’s pretty amazing to reach that,” Laine said Monday morning. “Six-hundred goals in under 1,000 games, it’s pretty unreal.”

Two former Capitals teammates, Matt Hendricks and Mathieu Perreault, were watching from the Jets’ side when Ovechkin reached his latest round number in a career full of accomplishments.

“When I played here, it’s funny, you always want to get the puck on his stick,” said Hendricks, who was in the penalty box for Ovechkin’s first goal. “He has that ability to change games just like that. ... Ovi’s a terrific talent.”

Perreault, who played with 684-goal scorer Teemu Selanne in Anaheim, said Ovechkin reaching 600 so quickly was indescribable.

“The way he can shoot the puck and score goals is beyond what you can even think about,” Perreault said. “I can tell my grandkids, my kids, I played with Ovechkin. He’s going to be a legend of the game.”

Ovechkin has been an impressive scorer for a long time, but had to adapt his game several years ago when opponents figured out how to stop some of his usual moves. Barry Trotz taking over as Capitals coach helped Ovechkin round out his overall game and avoid the kind of lull that goal-scorers typically hit when they turn 30.

The growth in Ovechkin’s game isn’t lost on players and coaches around the league who have watched his career.

“When he came in (he was) a hitter almost — a shooter and a hitter,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “He was a very physical player, covered an awful lot of ice during the games. And he’s matured into kind of picking his spots, he’s still a hard guy to play against, physically very, very strong.

“But he uses the people around him better, maybe. And that’s true of all players. But his game has really changed. He’s really grown and matured.”


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UConn, Irish, Louisville, Miss St top seeds in women's NCAAs

NEW YORK — UConn is back in a familiar place — the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s basketball NCAA Tournament.

Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State.

The Huskies enter as the lone unbeaten team and will be vying for their 12th national championship. It’s the ninth time that UConn has entered the NCAAs undefeated, including last year when the Huskies went in as the overwhelming favorite before their 111-game winning streak ended with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

This year’s Final Four is in Columbus, Ohio, and will take place on March 30. The national championship game is on Sunday, April 1.

Defending national champion South Carolina and A’ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional. The Gamecocks are the two-seed.

“What can you do? You have to beat some pretty good teams. Is it an impossible feat? Obviously not,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “We saw that last year. If we’re in the position where we have to play them, we’re going to play them. We’re going to give it our best shot and let the chips fall where they may.”

The Gamecocks lost by 25 at home against UConn on Feb. 1.

Florida State and Georgia are the other top seeds in the Huskies’ part of the bracket.

“Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “There are great matchups in every bracket and it doesn’t really matter at this stage where you’re placed, what region, you’re going to have to beat some really good teams. The schedule we play, I knew we’d get somebody two or three that we already played. We know that.”

UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens up against 16-seed Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) on Saturday morning. All of the top four teams in each region host the opening two rounds at home.

Like the Huskies, the Irish are a No. 1 seed again. Notre Dame has been a top seed the last seven years. This might be one of coach Muffet McGraw’s finest accomplishments as Notre Dame lost four pivotal players to injury, but only three games on the season. Two of those losses came to Louisville.

“A great reward for this team for what they’ve been through ... playing the toughest schedule and getting a No. 1 seed,” McGraw said. “I’m so proud of this group and what they have accomplished. (Being a No. 1) is quite an accomplishment for what we’ve been through all year long.”

The Irish are in the Spokane Regional and open up against Cal State Northridge on Friday. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed Oregon.

“We’ve never been in the West bracket. I love playing Friday at 5. That’s awesome,” McGraw said.

The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga’s coach. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the three and four seeds in that region.

Louisville won the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time this season. The Cardinals open up against Boise State and are one of eight ACC teams in the field. The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. “We’re excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams. If we’re fortunate enough to advance, we get the opportunity to play in Lexington, which would be great for our fans.”

The Lexington Regional is stacked with former NCAA Tournament winners with Baylor the two-seed, Tennessee the three and Stanford the four. While the Lady Vols have been in the NCAA Tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will be making their first appearances.

Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance.

Mississippi State is a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to South Carolina in the SEC title game. With most of their players back from last season’s runner-up finish — including Morgan Williams, who hit the game-winner in overtime to knock off UConn — the Bulldogs hope to make another deep NCAA run.

The NCAA revealed Sunday night the final eight teams under consideration for the last four spots in the tournament. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out.

Oklahoma got in with a 16-14 record — the fewest wins for an at-large team since 2005 — a day after the Oklahoma men got an at-large berth with an 18-13 record and losses in 11 of their final 15 games.

“We spent almost seven hours on that decision of who those last four teams in and first four out were,” NCAA women’s basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett said. “We went through those resumes and their body of work. We took as long as it took to get those teams into the bracket.”

Bennett said Oklahoma’s strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.

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AP Sports Writer Pete Iacobelli and AP freelancer John Fineran contributed to this story.