The Pahranagat Valley High School track team participated in its first meet of the 2016 season in Mesquite on Friday.
The athletes enjoyed success at the Bulldog Early Bird Invitational, put on by Virgin Valley High School. All team members were able to beat personal records in their respective events, according to coach Lark Harrington. The weather was nice during the meet, though there was a strong breeze. The team held its own against a group of much bigger schools.
Jessica Harrington and Madison Mathews represented on the women’s side. Harrington finished sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 1 minute, 16.35 seconds. She also ran the 200 meters in 32.60 seconds, good for 13th place. Mathews ran in the 1600 meters, finishing in 7:13. She also ran in the 3200 meters,completing the race in 16:35.
Harrington placed 10th in the long jump, clearing 10 feet 10 inches.
On the men’s side, Matthew Prince earned the best individual finish for the team as he placed fourth in the 3200 meters with a time of 11 minutes, 45.70 seconds. Danny Heredia came in ninth at 12:41.18.
Four PVHS tracksters ran the 200 meters. Austin Mathews finished 12th with a time of 26.58 seconds. Oscar Heredia was 15th with a time of 26.93. Isbiel Riera came in 18th with a time of 27.62. Danny Heredia finished 23rd with a time of 29.18.
In the 400 meters, Oscar Heredia finished 10th with a time of 59.42. Isbiel Riera came in 15th with a time of 1 minute, 1 second.
In the 1600 meters, Mathews finished 9th with a time of 5:39.89. Prince came in 15th at 6:04.74. Chris Thornton was 18th with a time of 6:41.12. Brent Thatcher came in 15th at 7:52.45.
In the relay events, Danny Heredia, Thatcher, Thornton, and Riera competed in the 4×200, finishing 5th with a time of 1:57.14. Mathews, Oscar Heredia, Prince and Riera joined forces for the 4×800 and finished fourth with a time of 9:53.78.
In the field events, Jon-Michael Stewart came in fourth place with a distance of 34 feet 3 inches. Thornton was 13th at 24-07.5. Stewart earned eighth in discus with a 77-09.00 throw. Thornton was 18th with a throw of 46-07.00.
Stewart also led the team in the long jump, finishing ninth with a jump of 15-04.00, good enough for 10th. Thatcher was close behind with a 15-00.00 jump for 11th place. Oscar Heredia earned 13th, jumping 14-05.00.
The Panthers head to Liberty High School in Las Vegas for their next meet tomorrow.