It was a good weekend for the Lowry High School Track and Field Team at the Northern 3A Regional Championships this past weekend at Reed High School in Sparks.
Jovi Kuskie brought home three individual titles in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.
The senior needed every bit of her personal best in the 800 meters to edge out Spring Creek’s Kiely Munson (2:24.16-2:24.79) in a near photo finish.
Kuskie beat out Munson to win the 1,600 meters, as Kuskie finished at 5:35.54 and Munson at 5:40.17. Kuskie made it 3-for-3 over Munson, winning the3,200 meters in a time of 12:47.34.
Munson was the runner-up at 13:04.53. Kuskie will run all three events at the state championships this weekend.
Fellow senior Emily Backus set a personal best in the long jump at 16 feet, 5 inches to win the event. Churchill County’s Jessalyn Lewis was second at 16-3.50.
In addition, Backus qualified for the state championships in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Backus set a season-best time of 26,82 to place third in the 200 meters at 26.82.
Spring Creek’s Paige Walz won at 25.85 and Truckee’s Jasmine Harris was second at 25.99. Backus finished fourth in the 100-meter dash at 13.13.
The 4x100 relay of Backus, Ellanora Petersen, Sydnee Pettis and Elizabeth Aguilar won with a timer of 50.48 to beat Truckee (52.06).
Aguilar and Pettis are headed to the state meet after finishing second and third in the 100-meter dash. Aguilar, a senior set a personal-best time of 12.66 and Pettis also set a personal best at 13.12.
Harris from Truckee won the 100 meters at 12.64 in a photo finish with Aguilar.
After finishing sixth in the preliminaries of the 200 meters, Pettis jumped to fourth in the finals with a time of 271.18, a personal best to qualify for state. In addition, Pettis placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 14-9.
Lowry seniors Hannah Whitted and McKenzi Petersen are going to the state championships in the high jump.
Whitted was second with a mark of 5-0 and Petersen cleared the bar at 4-10 to finish third. McCartney McAlexander won, as she cleared 5-2.
Mia Hernandez finished seventh in the pole vault (8-0) followed by teammates Hannah Thompson in eight and Ashlyn Bottoms in 13th. Both athletes cleared 7-6.
Freshman Caryn Sanchez earned a top-10 finish as she placed ninth in the discus with a throw of 78-7.
Sanchez was 28th in the shot put. Petersen was 14th in the long jump with a mark of 13-2 and freshman Brooklyn Swensen set personal bests in the 1,600 meters and 800 meters to place 23rd and 25th, respectively.
Freshman Vanessa Lott placed 18th in the 200 meters and 19th in the 100 meters. Isabella Bartell was 21st in the discus and Kailani Rodriguez placed 26th in the discus.
The Lowry girls were second in the team standings with 97.5 points, while Spring Creek won with 144.5 points. Truckee was third at 95.5 points.
On the boys side, Lowry senior Gunner Bradley won the high jump at 5-10 to beat out South Tahoe’s Levi Hernandez at 5-9. Bradley will head to Sparks this weekend for the state championships.
Juniors Shaun Gilliland and Kaid Sanchez qualified for state in the pole vault.
Gilliland placed second with a personal-best mark of 12-6 and Sanchez was third at 12-0. Spring Creek’s Jake Bradford won the event, clearing the bar at 13-0.
Scot Brown (11-0) and Shane Gilliland (9-0) were sixth and ninth, respectively, in the pole vault.
Senior Iysis Arriola earned a spot in the state meet with his runner-up finish in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 19-7.50.
Spring Creek’s Kaiden Boyle won with a mark of 19-8.25. In addition, Arriola was 12th in the triple jump with a leap of 36-10.
Sophomore’s Jesse Jeronimo (45-0) and Nomar Aguirre (42-4.25) set personal bests in the shot put to qualify for state and finish third and fourth, respectively.
Fernley’s Cameron Radi won with a toss of 50-1 and Fernley’s Tyler Slaughter was second at 48-2.75. Aguirre qualified for state in the discus as well with a third-place throw of 140-6.
Cody Long placed fifth in the discus with a personal-best throw of 120-8 and 10th in the shot put and Tyson Terry set a personal best in the shot put (40-11) and he was 13th in the discus. Nikolas Jung set a personal best in the discus at 105-10 to place 11th.
Tyler Morrison ran a personal best in the 800 meters to place fifth in a time of 2.07.29 and the 800 meters (53.62) to place eighth. The senior was 17th in the 1,600 meters at 5:15.28.
Junior Ivan Lara placed seventh in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:52,94, was 19th in the 1,600 meters and Deven Gomez placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.16) and 12th in the 300-meter hurdles (47.71).
Braden Hammargren ran a personal best in the 100 meters at 11.75 to place ninth and the junior finished 10th in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 17-9.
Timothy Patchen was 17th in the long jump and 26th in the 100 meters and Jeremiah Grasmick placed 18th in the 400 meters with a time of 58.48. Corbin Berezay and Conner Nelson also set personal bests in the 400 meters.
Eduardo Martinez-Calderon placed 13th in the 3,200 meters with a personal-best time of 5:22.46 and the senior also ran a personal best in the 1,600 meters.
The Buckaroo boys finished third in the team standings with 72 points. Spring Creek cruised to the title with 176 points and Elko was second at 79.
The NIAA State Track and Field Championships start Friday at 3 p.m. at Reed High School in Sparks. The championships conclude on Saturday at 8 a.m.