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Spartans win White Pine Invitational, Lady Spartans finish 2nd to hosts
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Spartans win White Pine Invitational, Lady Spartans finish 2nd to hosts

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ELY – The Spring Creek track and field nearly pulled off the double-dip Friday at the White Pine Invitational.

The Spartans blasted the field and mounted 280 points, Elko finishing second with 43 points.

Spring Creek’s girls finished in second place with 173 points, falling eight points shy of the hosting Lady Bobcats’ total of 181.

Boys

Behind Spring Creek and Elko, Owyhee finished in sixth place with 28.5 points.

Jackpot placed ninth with nine points, West Wendover rounding out the top-10 with 5-1/2 points.

Spring Creek senior William Fallini-Haas dominated his middle-distance and distance event, winning both the 800 and 1600 meters.

In the half-mile, he set a personal record with a time of 2:08.03 and opened nearly a 30-second lead over the field in the 3200 meters, stopping the clock in 11:03.27.

Elko junior Peter Neff topped the pole vault competition, clearing the bar at 11-feet even for the victory.

Jackpot senior Ricardo Miramontes had a successful day in the middle-distance and distance events, led by a first-place finish in the 1600 meters.

He ran a mile in 5:03.91 and ranked third in the 800 meters and 3200 meters, finishing a half-mile in 2:14.97 and notching a two-mile run of 11:49.42.

Junior George Skivington finished behind Fallini-Haas in both of his distance runs, taking second in the 1600 and 3200.

Skivington ran a mile in 5:09.52 and crossed the two-mile line in 11:31.52.

The Spartans finished two-three in the 400 meters, senior Ryan Miner finishing second in 53.52 seconds and sophomore Kyle Walthers closing next in third with a time of 54.51 seconds.

Spring Creek tallied a second and a fourth in the discus by a pair of sophomores, Ethan Lulay notching a distance of 111-feet-4-inches and Ren Pacini marking 109-feet-1-inch.

Senior Mason Dixon gave the Spartans a third-place effort in the 200 meters with a time of 25.65 seconds.

Freshman Secody Charley set a personal record of 5:23.29 in the 1600 meters, junior Jacob Fisher rounding out the top-three in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 19.18 seconds.

Relays

Spring Creek dominated each of the four relays.

The Spartans won the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.08 seconds, Elko taking fifth in 49.88 seconds and Jackpot finishing seventh with a time of 53.74 seconds.

Spring Creek racked up another victory in the 4x200, stopping the clock in 1:40.38.

Elko placed fifth in 1:52.35, and the Braves of Owyhee crossed in seventh at 2:03.22.

The 4x400 relay provided another Spring Creek W, the Spartans finishing in 3:44.24.

Jackpot ranked fifth in the event with a time of 4:19.67.

The Spartans made a clean sweep of the relays in the 4x800 with a time of 9:01.02, the Jaguars of Jackpot crossing in second at 9:47.67.

Elko rounded out the top-five in 11:01.22.

Girls

Trailing White Pine and Spring Creek, the Lady Jaguars of Jackpot finished in fifth place with 43 points.

Elko placed ninth with 21 points, West Wendover rounded out the top-10 with 10 points and Owyhee came in 11th with nine points.

The Lady Spartans earned multiple first-place performances from several athletes.

In the sprints, junior Jessica Dorohov dominated the short-burst action.

She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.89 seconds, also claiming the 200-meter title with a time of 28.85 seconds.

Senior Larissa Mauer gave the Lady Spartans their second athlete with numerous victories.

Mauer closed the 800 meters with a half-mile time of 2:40.43, besting the two-mile run in 12:52.31 for the 3200-meter crown.

Spring Creek went one-two-three in the 1600 meters.

The one-mile pack was led by junior Rylie Lusk’s time of 5:49.8 – opening a large lead over second-place sophomore Rosemary Little’s 6:16.13 effort – sophomore Kattalin Lopategui closing out the top-three with a time of 6:18.54.

Little also took second place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:45.30.

Spring Creek also posted multiple first and second-place performances.

In the 400 meters, junior Lindsey Morrill lapped the track with the fastest time in 1:04.41, a personal record from sophomore teammate Angelica Cortez ranking second in 1:05.75.

Jackpot junior Briana Leon took third in the event with a time of 1:07.42.

In the pole vault, the Lady Spartans took the top-two spots.

Junior Katelyn Anderson fell a foot shy of matching her new school record, but she won the event by two feet – clearing the bar at 10-feet even – junior teammate Allyson Burns taking second at eight-feet even.

Elko sophomore Cassi Christensen also cleared eight-feet even successfully, but Burns reached the height in less tries.

The Lady Spartans came close to another one-two finish in the triple jump, settling for first and third.

Junior Mary Millican won the event with a total distance of 30-feet-7-inches, senior Kiara Tingey setting a personal record of 29-feet-10-inches for third place.

Freshman Kylee Dimick narrowly claimed the high jump title, clearing the bar at 4-feet-10-inches, creating a three-way logjam atop the field at the same height.

She was matched by White Pine junior Madison Rick and Lincoln County senior Brooklyn Hafen, but Dimick used the fewest number of attempts to clear the bar.

Freshman Lydia Binger won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 51.05 seconds, finishing third behind second-place Millican in the 110 hurdles, Millican setting a personal record of 18.49 seconds and Binger crossing in 19.03 seconds.

Locals took the top-three positions in the shot put, led by a first-place launch from Owyhee senior Destany Pete.

Pete had room to spare with a distance of 31-feet-2-inches, Spring Creek junior Courtney Tournahu taking second place at 29-feet even.

Junior Lexi Thornal closed out the top-three with a 28-foot-6-inch throw.

In the other throwing event, Spring Creek junior Caitlyn Dimick hit the 90-foot mark for third place.

Elko freshman Breanna Macias placed third in the 3200 meters, running two miles in 15:30.39.

Relays

Like the boys, the Spring Creek girls never placed lower than first in any of the four relays.

The Lady Spartans tallied a time of 54.84 seconds in the 4x100 relay, Owyhee placing fifth in 1:07.45.

Spring Creek edged the field by nearly four seconds in the 4x200 with a time of 1:56.74, and the Lady Spartans opened a 12-second lead over second place in the 4x400 in 4:32.62 – Owyhee finishing third in 5:41.88.

In the 4x800, Spring Creek had nearly a minute of breathing room – winning with a time of 10:34.11 – Elko ranking third in 12:14.36.

Spring Creek will send its elite varsity members Friday and Saturday to the BYU Invitational, other athletes competing Saturday at the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca.

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