The Nevada Union track and field team continued to leave its mark on the 2013 season as the girls team captured second and the boys team placed fifth Tuesday at the Rio Linda Invitational.
St. Francis and Center took first place in the girls and boys team finishes, respectively.
In the track portion of the day, NU had three sprinters finish in the top-15 of the girls 100-meter race, with Melanie O’Brien placing fourth with a time of 13.37 seconds, Megan Johnson taking sixth at 13.63 and Brooklin Nolen finishing in 14th with a time of 13.95. Ekone Njenge of Grant was the fastest in the 100 with a time of 12.87.
In the boys 100, NU sophomore Mo Nieves finished third with a time of 11.56, finishing .42 behind the first place finisher, Austin Mitsch of Jesuit. NU freshman Edwin Dardon placed 17th in the 100.
In the girls 200, the Miners had four runners fill up the top 16 with freshmen Nadia Torkman placing third with a time of 27.10, junior Maddie Campbell coming in ninth and Megan Johnson and Delaney Smith placing 13th and 16th respectively. Sophomore Sydney Hunter of St. Francis was first in a time of 26.54.
In the boys 200, NU senior Michael Buonarati was fifth with a time of 23.75. Husuan Stallings, a senior from Grant, was first in the race.
In the boys 400, NU’s David French finished in third with a time of 51.08 and junior Garrett Migliozzi placed seventh in 52.85. Devan Sawyer of West Campus placed first.
French also ran well in the 800, finishing in second place with a time of 2 minutes, 5.03 seconds. Del Campo’s Patrick Jagerson outpaced French by less than two seconds to get the win.
In the girls 800, NU again had multiple runners place high with Marina McKenzie finishing in second place with a time of 2:24.82, Chloe Reindl taking eighth at 2:36.26 and Joy Castro-Wehr placing 11th at 2:38.07. Peyton Bilo of St. Francis was first in 2:24.34.
In the girls 1600, Jenna Huber took seventh for NU in 5:43.6 and Claudia Schmidt finished in 16th place.
NU’s Kael Newton was the only Miner to fair well in the 3200, finishing in fifth place with a time of 11:25.43. Cooper Gill of Lincoln of Stockton took first in a time of 10:19.74.
In relay action, NU dominated. The girls team of Maddie Campbell, Megan Johnson, Nolin and O’Brien took first in the 4-by-100 relay, and the team of Campbell, Alyssa Garrett, Torkman and Schmidt were first in the 4-by-400 relay.
The NU boys team of Buonarati, Dardon, Collin Echols and Nieves placed second in the 4-by-100 relay, losing to the Center team by .04 seconds.
In the hurdling events, NU’s Garrett placed second in the girls 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 100-meter hurdles.
In field action, Cori Maves placed seventh in the girls shot put event with a throw of 27 feet, 11 inches, and finished ninth in the discus competition with a throw of 77-8. Maves also placed seventh in the long jump competition and the pole vault event.
For the boys, junior Kyle Cammon placed ninth for NU with a heave of 40-2.25. Austin White of Jesuit was first with a throw of 54-8.50.
In the boys discus, Nieves finished eighth for the Miners with a distance of 118-07.
In the girls high jump event, the Miners took two of the top four spots with Smith finishing second, and Holly Harrison placing fourth.
In the boys high jump, Echols took seventh for the Miners.
In freshmen/sophomore action Josh Harris placed seventh in the 800 and Max Arnds was right behind him in eighth place. Harris also finished in seventh in the 1600. Chris Bouchard placed 14th for NU in 100 and Nick McFall was eighth in the discus.
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