Falcons fly to region girls, boys titles
May 20, 2016
Paced by 11 individual gold medal performances, Sierra Lutheran High swept to the boys and girls team titles last Saturday at the Northern Division IV Track and Field Championships in Yerington.
Jacob Rodriguez, Cameron Drudge and Ricky McNeely combined to sweep gold from 200 meters through the 3,200 as Sierra Lutheran's boys rolled to their ninth consecutive region title during competition at Yerington High's William Weaver Track and Field Complex. Meanwhile, Elaina Marchegger won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 to lead the Falcons' girls to their third straight region title. Sierra Lutheran scored 227 points in the boys division and 205 points in the girls division.
Now, the Falcons are looking to continue their momentum into the NIAA State Championships this weekend in Carson City. The all-division meet starts today at 3 p.m. and continues on Saturday at Carson High's Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
Marchegger won the 1,600 with a 5:41.09 clocking in the 1,600, then came back to run a personal best 2:31.99 in the 800 followed by a 12:51.05 in the 3,200. Earlier in the day, she combined with Clare Davison, Taylor Davison and Emma Herron to place second in the 4×800 relay (11:18.61).
Four different athletes combined to win four field events for Sierra Lutheran's girls. Kristy Missamore took gold in the discus with her throw of 110-2, a personal best by nearly six feet, Abby Ferenz cleared 5-0 to take the high jump, Alyssa Rowe threw 33-2 in the shot put and Grace Bonafede leaped 33-0-1/4 in the triple jump.
On the boys side, Rodriguez was a double winner in the 200 (23.99) and 400 (52.86). He set personal records in the 400 and with his 23.73 time in the 200 trials. Cole Contreras, Steve Flanagan, Drudge and Rodriguez combined to win the 4×400 relay in 3:42.85.
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McNeely was a double winner in the 1,600 with a personal best 4:56.10 and 3,200 (10:47.61). Drudge took first-place the 800 in 2:04.63, a personal best by four seconds.
Jared Marchegger was a close runner-up in the 3,200 (10:49.23).
Senior Zach Ferenz picked up three silver medals with a unique combination in the field events, including the shot put (41-10-1/4), discus (127-10) and high jump (5-10). Bret Walker also placed third in the shot put (41-6-1/2).
Flanagan placed second in the pole vault with a nine-inch personal record jump of 10-9.