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April 11, 2013
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Grizzlies outduel Miners

On a perfect Wednesday afternoon for a track and field meet, the Nevada Union Miners tested their talent against a fierce Granite Bay Grizzlies team.

By the end of the day, when all the races had concluded, all the hurdles had been jumped, and all the batons had been passed it was the Grizzlies walking away with a clean sweep of the Miners.

Granite Bay took the girls duel 71-62, and took the boys duel handily, 92-32.

Despite the loss, the Miners had several competitors set personal records and take top spots in their individual events.

For the girls, Melanie O’Brien had an impressive day finishing first in the 110-meter hurdles with atime of 17.9 seconds. She also placed second and set a PR in the 200 sprint.

“Mel’s a basketball player that just started with us and she’s got a lot of ability and talent,” NU coach Jamie Wise said. “She’s just going to get better and better.”

NU’s Alyssa Garrett placed first in the other hurdle event, the 300 low hurdles. She was also second in the 110 hurdles.

“She’s one of those kids that works really really hard,” Wise said. “She’s right where we want her to be right now.”

Nora Pizzela showed her distance running prowess, winning the 3200 and placing second in the 1600. Marina McKenzie impressed in the 800 with a first place finish and also took second in the 400.

The lone field first place for the NU girls team came from Cori Maves who pole vaulted 7 feet.

NU’s Delaney Smith and Nicole Lierly tied for second in the high jump, clearing 5 feet.

On the boys side, Mo Nieves anchored the first-place 4-x-100 relay team for NU, and also placed second in the 100 with a time of 11.06 seconds.

“He’s flat out fast,” Wise said. “He’s really strong and he works out really hard. The thing is you want to get under 11 seconds and he’s flirting with it.”

In the field, Nieves placed second in the discus event with a distance of 119 feet, and 9 inches.

“I love throwing discus,” Nieves said. “I wanted to beat their big guy, but I PR’ed today so I’m pretty happy.”

Granite Bay’s Kevin Blank took first in both the shot put and the discus. Blank’s winning discus throw went 130-4 ½.

Cameron Townsend finished second in the shot put for NU with a distance of 40-6 ½ and Kyle Cammon was third, coming up a ½ inch shorter.

David French was a duel event winner Wednesday, taking home the top spot in both the 400 and as a member of the 4-x-400 relay. French also placed third in the 800.

French’s teammate, Garrett Migliozzi, blew away the field in the 800, taking first with a time of 1 minute and 57 seconds. Migliozzi’s time was seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Lachlan Jones rounded thongs out for NU with a second-place finish in the pole vault.

For the junior varsity girls, Brooklin Nolen took the 100, Kristina Cena placed firt in the pole vault and Taryn Echols won the shot put.

For the junior varsity boys, Edwin Dardon won the 100 and the 200. NU’s Bryan Sparks took the long jump event.

Despite the sweep, Wise said his team is right where they should be and expects to see improvements over the final five weeks of the season.

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