Falcons sweep to track titles
Individual gold medal performances by Elaina Marchegger, Jared Marchegger, Grant Goins and Jeremy Hellwinkel on Saturday helped the Sierra Lutheran Falcons lock up the boys and girls team titles at the Northern 1A Region Track and Field Championships in Carson City.
Elaina Marchegger ran to victory in three individual events — 800 meters (2:33.55), 1,600 (5:40.30) and 3200 (12:34.69) — plus she helped the Falcons win the 4×800 relay (11:02.17) Friday and Saturday at Carson High’s Jim Frank Track and Field Complex.
On the boys side, Jared Marchegger won the 1600 (4:49.26), Goins won the high jump (5-10) and Hellwinkel won the discus (123-5).
On Friday, Jared Marchegger won the boys 3,200 (10:32.63) and took third in the 800 (2:09.87). Craig Moe won the boys triple jump (38-7) and Blake Ranalla took the boys pole vault (11-0) and was second in the triple jump (38-6½).
Sierra Lutheran captured the boys team championship with 207 points and also outscored Wells to win the girls title, 154-120.
The Falcons also won the boys 4×800 relay, as Marchegger, Ricky McNeely, William Chappell and Caleb Contreras ran 8:58.17.
Sierra Lutheran’s boys 4×100 relay team of Cole Contreras, Grant Goins, Tyrale Luke and Jacob Rodriguez set a meet record with a 45.43.
Taylor Davison, Clare Davison, Emily McNeely and Marchegger won the girls 4×800 relay in a meet record of 11:02.17, eclipsing the old mark of 11:03.71 set last year by Wells.
McNeely placed second in the 1,600 (4:54.08), Blake Ranalla second in the long jump (18-9½) and Peyton Hedwall second in the discus (119-8). Ricky McNeely qualified for state in the 800 (2:07.99) and 3,200 (10:42.90).
Aleyna Gilson placed second in the girls 100 (13.43) and the 4×100 quartet of Abby Ferenz, Gilson, Rachel Hall and Ciera Schinzing placed second (53.75). Grace Bonafede was second in the triple jump (32-10½).
Emily McNeely took third in the 3,200 (12:51.94).