Diego Gonzalez runs for the Mustangs.
Diego Gonzalez runs for the Mustangs.
The Pershing County track team never expected its season to end so abruptly. As of Monday, the NIAA suspended spring sports.

“I get that it’s a serious situation with the coronavirus, but it’s hard not to be a little upset about my first season being postponed,” said Dalton McNeff. “I was excited about the first couple meets, and to have those pulled away was disappointing.”

McNeff joined the team as a sophomore this season. On Saturday, he and 18 teammates competed one last time before the suspension took effect. They traveled to the Yerington Relays.

Pershing County competed against teams from over a dozen schools. They also raced against themselves, striving to set personal records. The March wind added yet another obstacle, sending up flurries of dust to sting the runner’s eyes and upset the trajectory of the shot put and discus.

Through it all, the athletes wondered when they’d compete again. They hone their skills all season in hopes of shining at the regional and state tournaments.

McNeff ran the 4x200 relay with JC Astle, Victor Flores and Zeke Jackson. He competed in the 4x400 with Astle, Jackson and Diego Gonzalez. McNeff high jumped over five feet (5-4) and long jumped over 16 feet (16-2).

McNeff’s fellow sophomore, Gonzalez, went the distance in the in the 800 and 1,600-meter races. Jackson, a junior, also competed in the 400 meters.

Astle graduates this spring. On Saturday, he finished second in the 300-meter hurdles (48.13) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at 19.37.

Brayden Wagner, Victor Flores and Wyatt Myers threw the shot put and discus. Wagner, a sophomore, PR’d in both. Myers, a freshman, PR’d in shot put. Flores is a junior.

On the girls side, Presley Burrows, a sophomore, brought home first-place medals in the 400 meters and triple jump. In the high jump, Burrows tied for the runner-up spot with a leap of five feet, a personal best. She placed third in the 200 meters.

Connie Kersnowski, a junior, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. She placed fourth in the 100s and long jump.

Kylee Fuller, a junior, went the distance in the 800-meter and 1600-meter races. She medaled in the 1600s, placing third. Alyssa Montes graduates this spring. She competed in the 200-meter dash. Her fellow senior, Jenny Chandler, set a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles.

Cheyeanne Diaz, a junior, PR’d in the 100-meter dash. She ran the 4x400 relay with Pati Carapia, Fuller and Connie Kersnowski. They placed third. Freshmen Kaylen Halverson, Kaydance Happy and Cora Trowbridge each PR’d in shot put. Happy and Trowbridge also PR’d in discus.

Faith Jones, a freshman, PR’d in the 100-meter dash. She also competed in the 100-meter hurdles.

Lance Condie, Ben Halverson and Dave McLean co-coach the track team.

“Considering the circumstances of maybe not performing again this year, we couldn’t have been happier,” said Condie. “Everyone ran and competed to the best of their abilities.”