The Virgin Valley Bulldog boys and girls track team are sending 14 ‘Dawgs to the 3A Nevada State Track Meet after placing first or second at the Southern Regional Meet at Moapa Valley High School Friday and Saturday. Bulldog Tyson Teerlink led the Bulldog boys with a 3A South Region record vault of 14’6.5” and a first place leap of 20’03” in the long jump. Other boys first place winners were Jr. Toscano in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.69 the 4x200 meter relay team of Cristian Aguirre, Jr. Toscano, Jared Randall and Harold Caswell and the 4x400 relay team of Aguire, Randall, Toscano and Drew Durbin with a fast time of 3:31.54. The 4x800 meter team composed of Aguirre, Kyle Crane, Drew Durbin and Dylan Parker moves on with a second place finish.
Bulldog speedster Jaime Macias qualified for State by finishing second in both the 100-meter dash and 300-meter hurdles. He did this despite a pulled hamstring. Zack Spencer will represent the ‘Dawgs in the high jump by placing second on Saturday. The highly favored Bulldog 4x100 meter relay team was disqualified by a false start. After barely missing a try at 15 feet Teerlink said, "I wasn’t worried about the height. I broke the record comfortably and was confident I could do 15 feet today. What really shocked me was winning the long jump yesterday. It was only my second time competing in the event.”
Various Bulldogs placed third and may still qualify for State if their time exceeds the sixth best time in the North Region meet including Ty Rappleye who lost second place in the 3200-meter run by one 100th of a second. Rappleye exceeded his best time by approximately 10 seconds. The final results found Boulder City with 68 points followed by Moapa Valley with 64 points and the ‘Dawgs with 54 points.
McCall Grajek led the Lady Bulldog qualifiers with three-second place finishes in the 100-meter hurdles, triple jump and long jump. Karson Bryant won the girls pole vault with a leap of 8’6” followed by teammate Maggie Mullinor with a leap of 8’. Taylor Bryant moved on to state by placing second in the high jump.