Four championships for Whittell’s Robinson pushes Warriors boys to the top |

Four championships for Whittell’s Robinson pushes Warriors boys to the top

Douglas Etten
Steve Puterski / Lahontan Valley NewsMikey George (center) races to the exchange zone during Whittell's run at the State championship in the boys 4x800 meter relay.

LAS VEGAS – What John Robinson and the Whittell boys track and field team were able to do last Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas might not be equaled any time soon.

What Robinson did, in scoring 40 points individually for his team, has never been done – in any division of Nevada high school competition.

The last State title for a Whittell track and field team came in 1988, and in 50 years of competing, it’s only happened two other times – both when Whittell competed in the NIAA Class C division before enrollment diced things up to four leagues.

Robinson and the Warriors added to the programs legacy this past week as they scored 90 points to beat out second place White Pine (80) and third place Rite of Passage for the schools fourth ever NIAA track and field team title.

“I’m not even sure the State title has sunk in for myself or our kids just yet,” coach Margaret McInnes said.

After qualifying for the State championships in four separate events, Robinson, a senior, led the way for the Warriors and made the most of his opportunity. He took the top spot on the podium all four times, winning the 400 meter dash, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs leading the Warriors charge to the 2A team title.

Athletes have collected four State titles before, but have always mixed in either one or two relay events with it. Robinson did it in four individual events – something the NIAA has no record of happening.

“John took first and set a new 2A state record in the 800 with a 1:57.42. He also placed first in the 3,200 meter run, setting a new school record by two seconds.”

McInnes was impressed not only with the way Robinson was able to balance his load, but with the way he and the who team went about dealing with the heat.

“John ran this race very intelligently,” she said. “Seeing as it was mid-afternoon and over 90 degrees, I thought the who team dealt with it well. (In the 3,200) John ran as conservative as he could and still easily coasted into first and set the school record.”

Robinson is no stranger to success as he’s claimed a NIAA cross country title earlier this year and last year was a repeat State champ at the track and field championships.

“He’s a stud,” Skip Piechocinski, North Tahoe head coach, said of Robinson’s performance this past weekend. “He was just awesome.”

Robinson wasn’t the only Warrior to show some sort of success at the State meet.

Friday the meet kicked off with the 4×800 meter relay team which took a little bit of different strategy according to McInness.

“Most of the teams front-loaded, meaning their best runner ran first and second,” she said. “We got a great run out of Mikey George, our lead-off guy, who had a major PR with a 2:10.40 split.”

George hung Whittell in third place after the first hand-off. That is right where Zach Welch kept the team.

“Luckily we tend to back-load our relay teams,” McInnes said. “Our third leg Garrett Bronken and fourth leg Mark Waite kicked butt and pulled us easily into first. A good sign, winning the first event.”

Running down the results from there Whittell had plenty of success.

Along with Robinson’s four-peat, Tanner Sigel had a solid day as he took home the championship in the 110 meter hurdles. His time of 16.91 bested Jake Henze of White Pine who finished second in a time of 16.99.

Sigel came back in the 300 meter hurdles and also scored a fourth place finish with a time of 43.49.

Jenner Felton and Waite each had stellar days as well.

Felton scored points in the 400 with a fourth place time of 53.99. He also was fourth fastest in the 800 (2:07.55) and combined with Welch, Bronken and Waite to take fourth place in the 400 meter relay.

Bronken finished eighth overall in the 400 meter dash which rounded out Whittell taking three of the eight scoring positions in the finals.

Waite placed fifth in the 800 meter run and came back strong in the 1,600 meter run where he was fourth overall with a time of 4:52.40.

Whittell girls finish fourth

The Whittell girls track and field team saw some success in Las Vegas this past weekend as they claimed a fourth place in the final team standings at the Nevada State championships.

Incline won the overall girls title with a 121 team score. They were followed by Pershing County (100), White Pine (77.5) and Whittell (68).

Senior Sammy Brumbach and sophomore Sierra Forvilly were the lone State champions for the fourth place Whittell team. Brumbach jumped 15-8 3/4 in the long jump to take the title by four inches over Leti Escobedo of Lincoln County. Forvilly was fastest in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 48.35 – narrowly edging Taylor O’Neal of The Meadows who was second in 48.46.

Forvilly also placed in the 100 meter hurdles where she was fifth fastest in a time of 17.80.

Darby Reeder took seventh place overall in the same event as she stretched the tape to 14-0 even.

Brumbach was fourth overall for the 2A division in the girls 100 meter dash. She finished in a time of 13.45. Sierra Forvilly was fourth fastest in the 200 meter race where she paced off a half-lap of 27.64 – almost a full second faster than her seeded time coming into the finals.

Brumbach scored again in the 400 meter dash where her time of 1:04.20 was fourth fastest. Reeder was on the podium in the girls 100 meter hurdles as she placed with a bronze and a time of 17.62. She was right back in the 300 meter hurdles where she was fifth fastest in a time of 50.79. She would also score a fourth place jump in the triple jump as she pushed out to a distance of 30-9 3/4.

Moving into the relays, Hailey Elliott, Casey Simon, Caranina Palomino and Sabrina Swoger were eighth fastest in the 4×200 meter race. The 4×400 team of Samantha Rupp, Swoger, Brumbach and Forvilly were second overall with their time of 4:29.94.

Swoger, Elliott, Palomino and Rupp were able to score for Whittell in the 4×800 meter race as they came in at 11:55.58.

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