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Trio of Railroaders on track to possible state crowns
by Tribune Staff
May 21, 2009 | 462 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When hundreds of high school track and field athletes converge on Del Sol High School in Las Vegas today, several Railroaders will be among them eyeing state titles in their respective events.

And for the first time in a while, they all have a chance to fulfill that accomplishment.

Prince Hall, Bryan Orellana and Gaby Diaz all won at least one event in last weekend's Northern 3A Regional championship meet held in Yerington.

Going into the boys 100m state championship, Hall has the top seed time of 11.42 seconds, his winning mark last weekend. However, three other runners have recorded times within .04 of a second from the Sparks senior's fastest time, so he will have some tough competition.

Hall also qualified in the 200m after finishing second at regionals with a time of 23.42 seconds, which is good enough for a fourth seed at state.

Hall will also get a chance to medal as part of both the 4x100m and 4x200m relay squads, which placed third last weekend. The 4x400m relay will also be at state.

While Hall will be looking to rack up plenty of points in the track events for the Rail City school, Orellana will be doing the same in the field events.

Orellana, the Maroon and Gold's versatile boys track star, won the triple jump and took the silver in the long jump last week and will be seeded first and second in those events for the state meet. Teammate Jake Keen will join him in the long jump.

But that's not all for Orellana. The junior is ranked third in the discus and earned second at regionals after coming up short of his best effort of the year by almost four feet, so he has room to improve at state.

Sparks also got a boys hurdler qualified for state. Vittawat Sriphong-Ngarm will run the 110m hurdles after placing fourth at regionals, but he's unlikely to threaten for a state championship.

On the girls side, several Railroaders will be present in Vegas, but Diaz has the best chance to do some damage in the standings.

Diaz looks poised to follow up her regional crown in the 800m as the top seed for state, and her only competition looks to be from Lowry's Sophie Kristof. Diaz narrowly edged her out at the finish line by .03 of a second at regionals.

Diaz also took the gold in the 1600m by just under 7 seconds and could pull a double gold performance. Southern Region champion Keely Bakken of Faith Lutheran appears to be the only threat in the 1600m.

Like the boys, the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m relays all placed third at regionals for an opportunity at state.

Stephanie Bishop (100m), Lisa Aguilar (200m) and Danielle Carr (400m) all finished in fifth place at regionals to grab the final state qualifying position in their respective events. Bishop finished fifth in the long jump as well.

The top five in each event from the 3A North take on the top three placers from the 3A South.

All four classifications will compete at Del Sol in the two-day event, concluding late Saturday night.
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