4A Preps: Sanchez highlights Carson's track day

FALLON - Carson High School's Amy Sanchez qualified for three zone track events on Saturday at the Northern 4A Division II finals, highlighting the Senator effort at Churchill County High.

Sanchez won the 100 meter hurdles in 16.34 seconds, then won the 300 hurdles event in 46.56. She also took second in the 200 in 26.32 to make it three events at zone.

The top four finishers in each event move on to the zone meet.

Shanna Sparks also qualified for three events, highlighted by a victory in the 3,200 with a winning time of 12:19.50. She also took second in the 1,600 and the 800 in helping Carson's girls take second overall in the team standings.

Caitlin Prunty also picked up a pair of zone spots by taking second in the 400 and third in the 800.

Megan Anderson won the discus with a toss of 114 feet 3 inches, and she also took third in the shot put with a mark of 33-4. Carson's Mackenzie Taylor was fourth in the shot at 32-9.

For Douglas' girls, Taryn Mendive qualified in the 3,200 with a third-place finish in 12:33.18.

Doug Brooks was a surprise winner for Carson's boys', beating out a strong field to capture the 100 in 11.62. He beat 1999 state finalists J.J. Stallings of Wooster (11.59) and Jake Hurwitz of South Tahoe (11.66). Douglas' Matt Parra was fourth in the event.

Carson's Jordan Payette qualified for zone in two events, taking third in the 110 hurdles (16.28) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.15). Both of those events were won by Douglas' Gabe Hatchett.

Douglas' Chris Chappell was also a winner, winning the pole vault with a high mark of 15-6.

Daryl Nourse finished fourth in the 3,200 and qualified for zone. Josh Carter won the discus with a toss of 146-5, while teammate Chandler Menteer took third in the event. Menteer also took third in the shot put.

Carson's 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams also qualified for zone by finishing third and second, respectively.

Carson finished fifth as a team in the boys' standings.

Northern 4A Softball

Reno 5-1, Carson 3-0

RENO - The Senators outhit the Huskies in both games, but few of them were timely, as Carson got swept in a preview of the first round of the upcoming Northern 4A Zone tournament.

Carson (16-8) finishes fifth in the conference standings and will face Reno (18-6) again at noon next Thursday at the Shadow Mountain Softball Complex in Sparks.

"This gives us a good idea what we face in the playoffs," Carson coach John Sullivan said.

Carson led the first game 2-0 before Reno came back to tie it in the bottom of the third. After the Senators added another run in the fourth, Reno rallied again with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Melissa Stone (8-4) took the loss for Carson.

"We made a lot of baserunning errors in that game," Sullivan said. "We had four girls thrown out at third base, and one of the cardinal rules of the game is that you don't get thrown out at third."

Brandi Cotroneo was 3-for-4 and Nicole Freeman had a solo homer. Kellie Karasek and Jina Padilla also picked up RBIs for Carson.

The second game was a pitchers' duel, with Nicole Freeman (8-4) getting stung for a run in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the loss.

Kendra Carlsen and Tricia Hudgins both had two hits for Carson, which stranded 15 runners in the game.

Expect Freeman to pitch more in the tournament. Sullivan has been saving her this season to keep her fresh, and so that most teams in the zone tourney won't have seen her. The full playoff bracket will be released later this week.

Northern 4A Swimming

Zephyr Division Meet

Boys: Carson 142, Reno 141

Girls: Reno 166, Carson 145

RENO - Depth paid off for the Senator boys, as Reno won nine of the 12 events, but Carson put up enough top finishes to edge the Huskies at the UNR Swim Center.

Evan Fischer and Justin Barber were both double winners for Carson. Fischer won the 100 fly (56.70) and 200 individual medley (2:05.47), while Barber won the 200 free (1:50.81) and 500 free (4:49.11).

Depth was not kind to the Carson girls though. The Senators won nine events but lacked the consistent second- and third-place finishes to defeat the Huskies.

Kate Hardt won three events. She took the 200 free, (1:52.49), 200 IM (2:14.17) and 50 free (25.15). Megan Keller (100 fly), Julie Hardt (500 free), Jessie Hong (100 back) and Lauren Costella (100 breaststroke) also picked up wins for the Senators.

Carson also won the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.

The Senators hit the pool against next weekend at the Northern 4A Zone championships at the Carson Aquatic Facility. Trials are on Friday, and finals are on Saturday.

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