Track & Field: Sierra Lutheran wins 1A regional title

With only 10 athletes this season, the Sierra Lutheran High School boys' track & field team claimed the Northern 1A team championship Saturday in Winnemucca.

It was the Minden-based private school's first athletic team title since beginning varsity competition in 2004.

On Friday, Nick DePaoli won the 200 with a 24.83.

The 4x800 team of Michael Kubel, Levi Grabow, Chris Bergstrom and Andrew Deterding took first with a 9:33.18 and Taylor Love took third in the 1,600 with a 4:56.06.

He made a last-minute comeback to top Zack Dayton of Sage Ridge by 0.27 seconds.

Bob DePaoli took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-6.

He came back to win the 100 with a time of 12.45 on Saturday.

Grabow and Bergstrom took second and fourth in the 300 hurdles with respective times of 49.10 and 49.45.

Love took second in the 800 with a 2:11.35.

Preston Lyons took first in the 400 with a 57.30 and Nathan Conover and Ryan Jackson took fourth and seventh in the event.

Kubel took third with a personal best 10:48.42 in the 3,200.

The 4x400 team of Conover, Lyons, Grabow and Love took first with a 3:54.01, giving the Falcons 116 points, well ahead of second-place Eureka at 93.

Tori Swearingen, the Falcon's lone female athlete, personally sparked the school to a 10th-place team finish in the girls' competition.

She qualified for state in three of her four events, taking second in the 300 hurdles (52.12), fourth in the 100 (14.07) and fourth in the 200 (29.61).

Sierra Lutheran will compete at the 1A state championships Friday and Saturday at Damonte Ranch.


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