One Pershing County sport grew by leaps and bounds this past season. Twenty-one athletes made their mark on the Pershing County High School track and field team. They had a busy week and ore lies ahead.
This past Saturday, Mustangs competed at the Lowry Invitational in Winnemucca.
“It was a good meet to get ready for zone,” said Coach Lance Condie. He co-coaches with Dave McLean and Jason Allen.
Pershing County’s hurdlers showed endurance and speed. Amid fierce competition, Lane Condie, Lupin Gomez and Kaelyn Castro each achieved new personal records in the 300-meter hurdles.
Neck-to-neck, Lane Condie and Gomez conquered the event. Gomez clocked in at 42.84 seconds and Condie finished in 43.58.
Pershing County’s senior duo placed second and third behind Reid Clyburn of Churchill County (41.67).
In the 110-meter hurdles, Condie beat his closest competitor by a fraction of a second. Condie finished in 15.87 seconds, a personal best. Churchill County’s Trevor East clocked in at 16.81 seconds and was the runner-up. Gomez placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles at a speedy 17.54 seconds.
Castro, a sophomore, completed the 300-meter hurdles in 52.26 seconds. She placed third behind Sariah Pulley of Elko (51.41) and Mary Millican of Spring Creek (52.0).
Castro also placed third in the 110-meter hurdles behind the same two competitors.
The Zile brothers made a good showing as well.
Brandon Zile won the 400-meters with a time of 52.80. Zike finished just 0.02 seconds ahead of the Elko runner-up, Alex Klekas (52.82).
The PCHS senior placed third in the 200-meters at 23.74 behind Churchill County’s Drake Copley (22.86). Lowry’s Erick Lopez (23.24) made runner-up.
Cody Zile, a freshman, set a new personal record in the high jump. He leaped 5-06.00 feet.
Pershing County’s relay teams continue to improve their times, said Coach Condie.
Connie Kersnowski, Cheyeanne Diaz, Alyssa Montes and Megan Renfroe teamed up for the 4x200 relay. They finished at 1:56 minutes, their best time yet.
Condie, Gomez, Brandon Zile and Raul Rincon buddied up for the boys 4x200 relay. They finished in 1:37.50 for fourth place.
JC Astle, Scott Plimpton, Cody Zile and Rincon completed the 4x800 relay in record time (9:24.38) for a fourth-place finish.
Pershing County continues to develop its throwing arm. Davis Murphy, Juan Rosas, Victor Flores and Faith Happy competed in shot put and discus.
Murphy, a senior, led the Mustang boys. He threw the shot 37 feet, 9 inches and he hurled the discus 102-4.
On the girl’s side, Happy placed fourth in shot put with a throw of 30-00.50. She threw the discus 72 feet, a personal best for her.
Pershing County competes in the NIAA Northern 2A regional championship at Yerington High School. The top four finishers in each event qualify for the state competition.
On Friday and Saturday, May 18 – May 19, Pershing County’s top track and field kids will go for the gold. They’ll compete in the NIAA 2A State Championship at Carson High School.