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Wells girls, Jackpot boys send individuals to state
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Wells girls, Jackpot boys send individuals to state

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RENO — No local teams finished high enough Saturday during the Division 1A-2A North regional cross country meet to qualify programs for state.

However, a few individuals — a pair of Wells girls and two Jackpot boys — fared well enough in their respective races to punch their tickets to the big dance.

Girls

The Lady Leopards came the closest to a state berth as a collective, finishing fourth with 64 points — the top-three teams earning state nods — closing eight points behind third-place Coral Academy of Science (Reno).

Wells junior Zion McKay led the Elko County runners with a 14th-place time of 25:35 in a field of 34 athletes, followed in 17th place by the 26:06 from fellow junior Liliana Cobian — each running their ways to state as individuals.

The top-seven individuals from non-qualifying teams — qualifying teams including regional champion North Tahoe, second-place Sierra Lutheran and third-place Coral Academy — earned state qualifications.

McKay and Cobian ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, among athletes from non-qualifying teams.

Owyhee senior Thalia Thomas ranked 20th overall with a time of 26:49, missing a state qualification by one spot — the final individual berth to state going to Silver Stage sophomore Elizabeth Mendoza on her 18th-place time of 26:17.

Wells junior Ana Roque-Luna crossed 26th overall in 29:39, and Owyhee senior Isabella Pasqual ranked 26th with a time of 29:39.

Sophomore Jimena Roque-Luna finished 30th with a time of 30:30 for Wells, and senior Talliah Hanchor followed in 31st for Owyhee with a time of 32:11.

Boys

The only scoring Elko County team in the 1A-2A boys race was Jackpot, which ranked fifth overall with 69 points — finishing 11 points behind third-place Silver Stage for the final team qualification to the state meet.

Despite not sending a full team to state, two Jaguars legged their ways to the final meet of the season.

Sophomore Hector Ontiveros ranked 12th overall of 48 runners with a time of 18:59, earning the fourth individual berth to state, and senior teammate Hugo Sanchez crossed 16th overall in 18:59 — notching the sixth individual qualification to state.

Wells senior Matthew James missed a trip to state by 22 seconds, finishing 20th overall with a time of 19:23 — the seventh and final individual berth to state going to Yerington sophomore Jakob Preston in 19:01 — James posting the ninth-best individual time of athletes from non-qualifying teams.

Jackpot sophomore Jonnathan Rios finished 23rd with a time of 20:08, sophomore teammate Deaniel Rangel placing 26th in 20:12.

Senior Lance Owyhee crossed 35th for the Braves in 21:09.

In 42nd, Jackpot junior Andre Gonzalez finished with a time of 22:38.

Wells freshman Ruben Cobian placed 44th in 22:40, sophomore teammate Morgan Johnson finishing in 24:04 for 46th.

Jackpot sophomore Wesley Sanchez closed out the Jags’ roster in 28:17 for 47th place.

Up Next

McKay and Cobian will run during the Division 1A-2A Nevada State Cross Country Championships during the girls race at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, at Rancho San Rafael Park, in Reno, competing on the course for the second time in a seven-day span.

Ontiveros and Hugo Sanchez will compete during the 1A-2A state boys run at 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

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In the final regular-season runs for many varsity cross country athletes, tune-ups were made by some and other rested their bodies — small-school and junior varsity runners extending their meets — prepping for the home stretch of the year.

Jackpot’s all-state sophomore is running hard, running well. Hector Ontiveros, as he has done all season, is leading the Jaguars everywhere they compete — also legging out finishes ahead of most athletes from other programs.

Sophomore Hector Ontiveros and senior Hugo Sanchez led the Jaguars with season records at the Bob Firman Invitational. Jackpot and West Wendover will makes their next runs Thursday during the Dani Bates Invitational, at Canyon Springs Golf Course, in Twin Falls, Idaho.

After competing Friday during the Wood River Invite, in Sun Valley, Idaho, the Wells and Owyhee cross country teams tested their legs Tuesday on the rugged terrain of the Magic Mountain Invitational, in Kimberly, Idaho, senior Matthew James climbing the hills and the standings for the Leopards.

The mid-season push is on the horizon for the Jackpot, Wells and Owyhee cross country teams. Take a look at how the athletes are shaping up for a run at state. Here are the results of the 1A-2A classes during the Wood River Invite.

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