Both county high school track teams competed at the Liberty Invitational in Las Vegas on Saturday.
They joined 14 other teams that participated in the meet. Schools included those from the larger Divisions I (eight schools) and I-A (four schools). Lincoln County was the only school from Division III and Pahranagat Valley was joined by Beatty and Tonopah in Division IV.
The Panthers had six team members compete. On the girls side both Jessica Harrington and Madison Mathews earned strong finishes. Mathews finished first in the 800 meters with a time of 3 minutes 8.65 seconds. She was the lone competitor in the division for the 1600 meters, with a time of 7:03.24.
Harrington was second in the long jump, jumping a distance of 12 feet 6.5 inches. She also was second in the 400 meters with a time of 1:16.14, and third in the 200 meters, finishing in 33.26 seconds.
On the boys side, Oscar Heredia was first in his division in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.08 seconds.
Isbiel Riera and Danny Heredia ran the 200 meters and competed in the long jump. Brent Thatcher competed in the 1600 meters and the long jump as well. Thatcher, Riera and the two Herediasalso competed in the 4×200 relay, finishing third in their division with a time of 1 minute 51.02 seconds.
For the Lynx, as the sole Division III team, there was no comparison with division foes, but individuals held their own against a large field of competitors. In the girl’s high jump, Brooklyn Hafen finished second overall, clearing 4 feet 10 inches. Also on the girl’s side, Dani Lister was sixth overall with the throw of 94-02.00. In the boys long jump, Sam Anderson was third, jumping a distance of 21-00.50. Benson Wadsworth also had a solid ninth finish overall, jumping 19 feet even.
On the track, Landen Smith and Tyler Frehner both had strong showings in the boy’s 300 meter hurdles. Smith finished fifth overall with a time of 42.91 seconds and Frehner was ninth, finishing in 44.18.