This Friday is the annual White Pine Invitational track and field meet in Ely. Twelve teams have signed up to compete, including Pahranagat Valley, Eureka, Elko and Lincoln County. Spring Mountain and Spring Valley are also expected to field teams along with host White Pine, the defending 2A boys and girls state champions.
Some fine performances are expected, as a number of athletes listed in the top 10 statewide in their respective events this season will be facing each other.
Noah Smith of Lincoln County is currently No. 2 in the state in the 2A 100 meters with a time of 11.30. He trails J.J Robinson of Calvary Chapel who has an 11.18 this season. The same runners are ranked 1-2 in the 200 meters as well. Phoenix Ball of White Pine is ranked seventh in the event at 24.41.
Smith is third in the 400 meters with White Pine’s Tyler Lawrence right behind in fourth. Kincade Waggener is currently ranked No. 9 in the 1600 meters at 5:03.75 and third in the 3200 meters at 10:51.25.
Smith is ranked No. 2 statewide in the 2A 110m hurdles at 16.3 2 with White Pine’s Adam Theurer No. 3 at 16.54. White Pine’s Nathan Nicholes is No. 9 at 19.83.
In the 300m hurdles, Nicholes is ranked seventh at 47.56 and Gavin Henroid of White Pine is No. 9 at 48.48.
In the relay races, the White Pine boys are listed as No. 8 in the 4×100 at 50. 52, No. 6 in the 4×200 at 1:45.55, No. 5 at 4×400 at 3:52.76 and No. 8 in the 4×800 at 10:06.67.
In the boys field events, Kevin Hexem of White Pine is No. 5 in the shot put at 39-11. Luke Finicum of White Pine is the 2A leader in the javelin at 63-10. Ball of White Pine is No. 2 in the high jump at 6-1 with teammate Theurer in a three-way tie for third place at 5-10. David Nicholes and Lawrence of White Pine are tied with Cody Zile of Lincoln County for sixth place at 5-06.
In the pole vault, White Pine’s Eric Pickens is listed at No. 2 with a vault of 10-0. Theurer is No. 4 at 9-06 and Finicum of White Pine and Lincoln’s Auston Marshall are tied for sixth place at 9-0.
The Bobcats Ball leads all 2A competitors in the long jump at 20-2 with Cody Zile of Lincoln County at No. 5 at 18-9½.
In the triple jump, Lincoln’s Zile is No. 3 at 39-10. White Pine’s Ball is No. 6 at 37-10½ with teammates David Nicholes, No. 8 at 37-7, and Isaac Fitzsimmons, No. 9 with a jump of 37-1.
In the girls meet among 2A athletes who are likely to compete will be White Pine’s Madison Rick, No. 2 in the 100 meters at 13.22, and No. 1 in the 200 meters at 27.77. Teammate Zoie Adams is No. 5 in the 100 meters at 13.69 and No. 2 in the 200 meters at 27.79.
The Lady Bobcat team has at least one girl in the Top 10 in the 2A ranks in every event. That includes Olivia Hendrix who is the leader at the 300m hurdles at 51.58 and Mikel Weston, the leader in the javelin at 43-0. The Ladycats are first place in both the 4×400 and 4×800 relays.
Among competitors from 1A schools at the White Pine Invitational, Isabella Minoletti of Eureka is ranked No. 6 in the girls 100 meters and is first in both the long jump and triple jump. Eureka’s Angelica Townsend is the state leader in the 800 meters, third in the 1600 and third in the triple jump.
Pahranagat Valley’s McKenzie Poulsen is No. 2 behind Isabella Minoletti in the triple jump and No. 4 in the long jump.
Eureka’s Kyra Todd is the 1A state leader in both the 100m and 300m hurdles, with teammate Louisa Terhalle No. 4 in the 300m hurdles.
Alia Minoletti of Eureka is the shot put leader for the girls and teammate Ilyhia Greely is No. 2 in the discus. Eureka is also listed in the top 10 in the girls 4×100 and 4×200 relay.
On the 1A boys side, Jajuan Thompson of Gabbs is listed No. 2 in the 200 and No. 4 in the 400 meters.
Tristan Bircham of Eureka is the current state leader in the shot put, 41-10½, and discus, 131-6, and the Vandals’ Garrett Todd is tied for first place in the high jump at 5-10 with Jared Dore of Mineral County.