Miners hot, despite cold
The weather for Friday night’s 25-team Nevada Union Invitational track and field meet was strictly old school.
The unseasonably cold temperature, accompanied by a stubborn mist, was more fitting for a meet at the beginning of the track and field season, not an invite with the season more than halfway complete.
But Friday’s performances in Hooper Stadium, regardless of conditions, were more often than not cutting edge.
The Miners’ boys and girls not only won the four relay events run Friday, they dominated. Relay runners Sarah Prout and Chris Sheridan had success in individual events as well, with Prout winning two hurdles events and bettering a school record, while Sheridan won both boys sprint events, tying a two-decade old school record in the 100 meters.
NU won nine varsity events Friday, while Bear River’s lone varsity competitor, Shawn Lawrence, placed fourth with a personal best time in the 3200-meter run.
“As a group, they are probably the best that have come through Nevada Union, talent-wise,” NU track and field coach Sig Ostrom said. “We had goals at the very beginning of the year, and breaking records were part of those, and finishing well at the end of the season was part of those, and it is kind of a relief for me to see them doing that.”
Prout won the 100-meter high hurdles by judges’ decision in 15.7 seconds over Ponderosa’s Kayle Gastaldi to start her evening. She teamed with Lauren Zealear, Sara Heidelberger and Jessica Lorson to win the 4×100 relay (50.36) and 4×400 (4:00.2). Favored to win the 300-meter hurdle race, Prout met that expectation with an exclamation mark, breaking her own school record by three-tenths of a second with a time of 44.9.
“It was intense,” Prout said. “I felt like I was going real slow, because it was so cold. I didn’t expect that time at all.”
Prout broke open the 4×400 relay race, prying open a 20-yard lead for the Miners with her second leg of the relay. By the time Lorson crossed the finish line, the Miners led by 60 meters.
Sheridan was every bit as impressive Friday. Sheridan, Thor Juell, Ryder Heidelberger and Andrew Meyers won the 4×100, while Steve Conrad joined Sheridan, Heidelberger and Meyers to win the 4X100. The 4×100 team won its race in 42.25 – a record time for the invite, and the school as well.
The 4×400 foursome managed to break a meet record (3:21.3), topping runner-up Carson High School by more than four seconds.
Sheridan defeated a competitive field in the 100-meter dash, edging out Casa Roble’s Tyler Pudge with a winning time of 10.8. The mark ties the school mark, set more than 20 years ago by Tom King.
“My starts were good today,” Sheridan said. “These were good heats, and I just poured it on as hard as I could.”
Sheridan was not the favorite in the 200, but he defeated Tyler again in a personal best 21.8.
“On Wednesday he ran a 22.1, his best time of the year,” Ostrom said. “And he said he didn’t put his maximum effort into it. So he knew he could do better, and he doesn’t say things unless he means them.”
Zealear, in addition to her two contributions in the relay races, won the 400-meter race , and took second in the 800-meter race with a personal best time.
Conrad had second-place finishes in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles and long jump events.
Five Jr. Miner football players and four Jr. Miner cheerleaders have all been selected to participate in the Sacramento (SYF) Youth Shrine Bowl, which benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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