Chopp wins 2A discus title; Ayers runner-up in 400 meters and triple jump

Chopp wins 2A discus title; Ayers runner-up in 400 meters and triple jump

Chopp wins 2A discus title; Ayers runner-up in 400 meters and triple jump

After recovering from an injury at the start of the school year, Battle Mountain High School senior Nolan Chopp closed out his high school career in style by winning the 2A discus this past weekend at the NIAA State Championships at Reed High School in Sparks.

Chopp threw a personal-best 137 feet, 11 inches to win the discus by more than 11 feet. 

North Tahoe’s Juan Camacho-Morales was second at 126 and Lake Mead’s Caleb King (120-0) and Pershing County’s Brayden Wagner (117-1) were third and fourth, respectively.

In the first day of the meet, Chopp placed second in the shot put with a toss of 43-2. 

Incline’s Marcos Resendiz won the state title with a throw of 47-5. Lake Mead’s Jacob Beza was third at 41-4.50 and Camacho-Morales (40-3.75) was fourth.

Junior Sean Bengoa finished fourth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.85 seconds. 

The top six finishers were decided by .36 seconds. Lake Mead’s Jack Ferrence won with a time of 11.53, followed by Democracy Prep’s Jordan Williams (11.68) and Calvary Chapel’s Parker Whittmayer (11.72).

Bengoa placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.16. The Meadows’ John McGill won at 23.07 and Ferrence was second at 23.27.

Zach Duggan placed fourth in the pole vault at 8-0 and teammate Sean Scherer was sixth, clearing the bar at 7-6. 

White Pine’s Zephan Nicholes won the event with a mark of 9-6 and White Pine’s (Ayden Poulsen (8-6) and Lincoln County’s Blake Heaton (8-6) were second and third, respectively. 

Aydan Samuelson finished sixth in the discus with a toss of 113-4 and was eighth in the shot put at 38-1. Armando Eusebio placed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 17-8.50. 

The Meadows’ Myles Pollard-Jones (19-3.50) and Kade Safadi (19-2.50) were first and second, respectively. 

Sophomore Blake Stuart was seventh in the high jump with a mark of 5-4 and seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a personal-best time of 19.14.

The boys 4x100 relay of Scott Wall, Aden Payzant, Eusebio and Bengoa were fourth in a time of 48.13. Democracy Prep won the race in a time of 45.39.

Battle Mountain placed ninth in the team standings with 49 points. 

Lake Mead won the team title with 117 points and The Meadows was second at 99. North Tahoe (74), Lincoln County (63) and Incline (59) rounded out the top five.

On the girls side, junior Jolena Ayers had a pair of runner-up finishes. She had a jump of 32-6.50 for second place in the triple jump, finishing behind Coral Academy’s Aurora Osburn at 32-9.75. 

They were the only two athletes over 32 feet.

Ayers set a personal best in the 400 meters to finish second at 1:02.52. Lincoln County’s Abby Matthews inched out Ayers at the finish line by .30 seconds (1:02.22). White Pine’s Morgan Hendrickson was third with a time of 1:03.31.

Ayers was sixth in the 100-meter dah at 13.81, as all seven runners were in the 13-second bracket.

Incline’s Emily Manship won with a time of 13.07 and Hendrickson (13.30) was second. 

Ayers was fifth in the 1,600 meters at 5:58.84. Incline’s Kira Noble beat out North Tahoe’s Kalena Steves for the title (5:44.19-5:44.90).

Sophomore Jennifer Galvin ran at the front of the 3,200 meters for much of the race and finished fourth with a time of 14:38.39. 

Incline’s Noble won at 13:08.03 and Pershing County’s Kylee Fuller placed second with a time of 13:19.72. In addition, Galvin was seventh in the shot put with a toss of 26-5.25.

Bailey Elderkin (7-0) and Yezzel Guizar (5-6) were sixth and seventh in the pole vault. Incline’s Emily Manship set a 2A state record, clearing the bar at 11-4 to win the event.

Lilly Peterson was eighth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 21.16.

The 4x800 relay of Tessa Ostler, Lindsey Bleak, Elderkin and Galvin were fourth with a time of 12:19.44. 

The 4x200 relay of Peterson, Ostler, Keira Hanson and Bleak were seventh at 2:08.27. 

The 4x100 relay of Hanson, Peterson, Guizar and Bleak placed seventh at 58.56.

The Lady Longhorns was eighth in the team standings with 44.5 points. Incline won the state championship with 130 points and North Tahoe was second at 102. Coral Academy (67), White Pine (66.5) and Yerington (60) rounded out the top five.