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Girls track team handily defeats opponents

Boulder City High School’s boys and girls track and field programs performed well on March 30 at home against Laughlin, Pahrump Valley, Western and Word of Life, with the girls finishing in first place, while the boys finished in second place.

Sweeping their way through the competition, the Lady Eagles accumulated a team score of 175, beating out Division I-A opponents Pahrump Valley (97) and Western (33) handily.

In the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, senior Paige Buettner took home first place in both events, with times of 13.26 and 27.61 seconds, respectively, while later finishing in 20th place on Saturday in the Division I-laden Ron Resler Invitational with a personal best of 13.13 seconds.

A key member of the Lady Eagles’ 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, Buettner was also key in the teams’ first-place finishes March 30 during their league meet, along with senior Bayden Huxford, junior Kenadee Bailey and sophomore Maida Nelson.

The relay team of Buettner, Huxford, senior Lauren Mullins and junior Jordyn Trobiani was also impressive at the Ron Resler Invitational in the 4×200, placing eighth.

Huxford also placed first in the pole vault on March 30 with a leap of 7 feet, while finishing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 29.53.

In the distance races, sophomore Sierra Selinger swept her way through the competition, taking home first place in the 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter with times of 2:42.2, 5:48.39 and 12:33.14, respectively. Selinger finished in sixth place on Saturday in the 3200-meter at the Ron Resler Invitational, while placing 11th in the 1600-meter race.

Not looming far behind Selinger in the distance races, senior Emmalee Torgeson placed second in the 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter, with times of 2:50.37, 5:59.06 and 14:27.42.

In the hurdles for the Lady Eagles, Bailey placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.21 seconds, while Mullins placed third with a time of 18.22. Reversing their order in the 300-meter hurdles, Mullins barely escaped Bailey for first place in the event, with a time of 53.70 seconds, while Bailey took second place with a time of 54.59 seconds.

Rounding out the girls’ efforts on March 30, Trobiani placed first in the high jump and second in the triple jump with leaps 4-8 and 27-9, respectively, while Nelson placed second in the long jump with a leap of 13-4.

For the boys, the Eagles just finished behind Pahrump Valley (125½) with an overall team score of 107½.

Continuing to set the tone in the conference, senior Sam Gomez swept his way through the discus and shot put competition March 30 with throws of 172 feet and 51 feet. Gomez also put his talents up against the best throwers in the Division I ranks, finishing first in the discus competition with a throw of 172-11 and fourth in the shot put with a throw of 52-7.

Making his debut for the Eagles, junior Justus Green also had a solid outing March 30, finishing first in the high jump with a leap of 5-8 while placing sixth in the 100-meter dash and seven in the 200-meter dash with times of 12.55 and 25.83 seconds, respectively.

Senior Nicolas Pfeiffer was also at his best March 30, placing second in the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.34 seconds, while placing fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.21 seconds. Making his way to jumping, Pfeiffer also placed second in the long jump and triple jump during the Eagles’ league meet, with leaps of 18-8 and 39 feet, respectively.

Junior Sebastian Balmer rounded out the Eagles’ efforts March 30, placing first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 18.42 seconds, while finishing third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.23 seconds. Balmer placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 35-3.

Setting their sights toward the state meet in May, the Eagles will continue their season next Wednesday in a nonconference meet against Sierra Vista, Virgin Valley and Spring Valley at Spring Valley.

Contact Robert Vendettoli at BCRsports@gmail.com.

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