Nemir hopes to climb final hurdle at state

LUBBOCK — The third time for Nick Nemir might be the charm. The Sweetwater High School senior, who competed in three events this weekend at the Region I-3A track meet at Texas Tech University, will find out later today if his third-place showing Saturday in the boys 300-meter hurdles is good enough to earn him a ticket to Austin for the state meet May 10-11.Nemir’s time of 38.95 seconds was a personal best in what marked his third time to compete in the 300 hurdles at the regional meet. He’s never gone to state, but could get an invitation after the Region 3 meet — postponed due to bad weather and rescheduled for today — is completed.SHS coach Zac Harrell said that Nemir’s time is better than the third-place finishers who competed in the Region 2 and 4 meets this weekend. If the same is true for Region 3, he will go to Austin as a wild-card entry in the 300 hurdles.Nemir also had a close call a year ago when he was fourth in the 300 hurdles, 1.06 seconds behind the second-place finisher, and he also competed in three events at last year’s regional meet including a relay with his older brother, Sam.Nemir scored all 10 of the team’s points this year. He was also fourth in the boys long jump (21-5 1/2), an event he qualified in for the first time, but didn’t make the finals in his other first-time regional event, the 110 hurdles. The other two boys at regionals did not place in their events. Kaleb Hoover, though, made the finals in the 400 dash and was sev-enth (52.66), while Deandre Gatson placed eighth in the triple jump (42-9 1/2). Hoover was also at the reg-ional meet last year as a member of the 800 relay along with both Nemirs and Ryan Linebaugh.Sweetwater had six girls at this year’s regional meet but none placed. Kayla Chowning tied for ninth in the high jump (4-10), while the 800 relay of Kelsi Cros-son, Kendra Crosson, Abby Garcia and Suede Shirley — plus Shirley in the 200 dash — narrowly missed the finals by placing ninth in Friday’s preliminaries.All four relay runners returned to Lubbock on Sat-urday to play for the softball team that defeated Pecos to win the bi-district title.