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STATE GIRLS: Western standing tall with Tyler’s victories

It’s no surprise that Western junior Tierra Tyler is again a standout performer at the girls state track championships.

Tyler was a three-time winner in the Class 4A meet last year, and she said she’s getting faster all the time. But at 4 feet, 11½ inches, she would not mind being a little taller.

“If I was 5 foot, maybe I would be even faster,” she said, laughing.

Tyler won two events Friday at Del Sol, and she has a chance to win two more today as the Warriors go after their first girls track title since 1984.

Western coach Tony Whitney’s team is in good position to win. The Warriors scored 44 points on the event’s first day, putting them ahead of Centennial (35.5) and Damonte Ranch (26).

“We haven’t won it in I don’t know how long,” Tyler said. “We want it bad. Our coach wants it bad. He said he would get our names tattooed on his arm if we win.”

Tyler’s most impressive performance was in the 200-meter dash, which she won in 25.0 seconds.

“It was a good challenge for me. I didn’t know I could come up toward the end and take it,” Tyler said. “Off the turn, I was kind of in thepack. But I kind of pulled away.”

Western’s Antionette Garrett and Reno’s Stephanie Rovetti tied for second by crossing the line in 25.26 seconds.

Tyler and Garrett teamed with Megan Keys and Loren Jackson to win the 800-meter relay in 1:40.9, about two seconds ahead of Centennial.

Senior Ashley Mosley recorded a win for Centennial by running the 400-meter dash in 55.53 seconds. Western’s Ansherae Devine and Unique Conner finished second and third, respectively.

Arbor View’s Candice McFarland won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.79 seconds, and Valley’s Krystal Wharton took the 4A long jump title.

Joi Goynes led Faith Lutheran to a strong showing in 3A. Goynes won the 200-meter dash and was part of the winning 800-meter relay team. The Crusaders scored 69 points, three behind leader Spring Creek.

Battle Mountain junior Mackenzie Dunn broke her own Class 2A record while winning the 200-meter dash in 25.33 seconds. Dunn’s previous state best was 26.32 in 2007.

Dunn finished ahead of two freshmen from The Meadows, Lauren Henry and Jocelyn Parker.

Tyler will run in another relay today, when she also tries to defend her state championship in the 100.

“I hope to win all my events,” Tyler said.

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