Whitted, Backus win events at Northwest Invite at McQueen HS

The full compliment of the Lowry High School track and field team was back in action this past Saturday at the Northwest Invite at McQueen High School in Reno. The Buckaroos were joined by six other 3A schools, nine 5A schools and a handful of 1A and 2A schools.

Emily Backus and Hannah Whitted turned in event victories for the Lowry girls. Whitted won the high jump, as she cleared the bar at 5 feet, 4 inches. 

Backus had a number of strong performances, including a season-best leap of 16 feet, 4 inches to win the long jump.

Backus picked up a runner-up finish in the 200 meters at 28.18 seconds, as McQueen’s Lillian Deffebach won with a time of 27.80. Backus, a senior, was fifth in the 100-meter dash at 13.39. She was on the second-place 4x100 relay that also included Ellanora Petersen, Sydnee Pettis and Elizabeth Aguilar. 

They stopped the clock at 51.57. Reno won the race by just .36 seconds at 51.31.

Aguilar, a senior, placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.27. Reno’s Kylee Quilici Quain won the 100 meters at 12.82.  Fellow senior, Jovi Kuskie was the runner-up in the 800 meters with a time of 2:37.20 and she was fourth in the 400 meter at 63.43. Galena’s Mariah Davis won the 800 meters with a time of 2:29.19, a personal best for her.

Freshman Britain Backus was third in the 200 meters with as time of 28.78 for a personal best and Pettis was fourth at 28.85. 

Backus added a 16th-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 70.70 and she placed 17th in the long jump with a leap of 12-4. Pettis was seventh in the 100-meter dash in a time of 13.50.

Mia Hernandez (7-6) and Ashlyn Bottoms (6-0) were third and eighth in the pole vault and Caryn Sanchez finished seventh in the discus with a toss of 84-9. Sanchez, a freshman, was 19th in the shot put at 24-2.50. 

Saree Millikan placed 11th in the shot put at 26-1.50 and 12th in the discus (75). Valeria Valdez placed 21st in the shot put and Jaden Ham was 29th in the discus.   

The Lowry girls were fifth out of 15 teams with 81 points. Galena won the invite with 156 points, followed by Reno (90) and McQueen and Fernley with 86 points apiece.

On the boys side, Kaid Sanchez (10-6) and Shaun Gilliland (10-0) were second and third, respectively, in the pole vault. Shane Gilliland was 11th, as the freshman cleared the bar at 7-0. Reno’s River Petrilla won the pole vault at 11-0. In addition, Sanchez was seventh in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 18-8.25.

Giovani Sapien turned in a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.67. 

McQueen’s Ashton Hayes won the race at 11.25 and Ryker Dixon of Galena was second at 11.40. 

Teammate Braden Hammargren ran a personal-best 12.14 to finish 13th.

Junior Ivan Lara placed 15th in the 1,500 meters (2.23.50) and was 17th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:23.50.

Tyson Terry set a personal best in the shot put at 28-10.25 to place 12th and the junior had another personal best in the discus at 111-3. Senior Cody Long also set a personal best in the shot put and discus. 

Long placed 14th in the shot put at 38-8.50 and 13th in the discus at 11-8. Nomar Aguirre was 17th in the shot put with a toss of 38-1.

Jeremiah Grasmick finished 21st in the 400 meters with a personal-best time of 59.69.

Lowry was eighth in the team standings with 22 points. McQueen ran away with the team title with 174 points and Damonte Ranch (108) was second. Galena (96), Spanish Springs (84) and Fernley (73) rounded out the top five.

Lowry travels to Elko on Friday for the Ward Coates Invite.