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Shorthanded Whittell wins

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Meri Johnson anchors Whittell's 4x200 relay on Saturday in Yerington.

Johnson sets pole vault mark

Staff report

Despite missing 20 athletes due to illness, injuries and personal commitments, the Whittell High girls’ track and field team still had enough to outlast Lowry and Dayton at a 24-team meet on Saturday in Yerington.

Meri Johnson set the school record in the pole vault and her points helped the Warriors finish first in the team standings with 79.5 points. Lowry was second with 79 points and Dayton was third with 72.33.

Johnson recorded a mark of 7 feet, 0 inches. The old mark was 6-6 set last year by Natalie Rastello, who took fourth in the Yerington meet with that same mark of 6-6.

Freshman Sasha Rupp also came through with some key performances, winning the 3,200 meter (13 minutes, 30.00 seconds) and taking second in the 1,600 (6:12.21). The 4×800 relay team finished first in a time of 11:27.60 and was made up of Jane MacKelvie, Krista Castro, Danielle Daly and Rupp.

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The 4×400 relay team comprised of MacKelvie, Castro, Natalie Daly and Johnson finished in 4:38.27, the best regular season meet time ever for Whittell in that event.

In the boys’ meet on Saturday in Yerington, Whittell’s distance runners carried the team to a 12th-place finish out of 24 teams.

The 4×800 relay team made up of Jeremy Worley, Tyson Guajardo, Willis Hughes and Summy Sateyhar finished eighth with a time of 9:28. Guajardo also finished seventh in both the 1,600 meters (5:13.32) and 3,200 (11:32.05).

Worley placed fifth in the 800 (2:16.99), while the 4×100 relay team made up of Jake O’Malley, David Sabistina, Sateyhar and Todd Hayes placed fifth in a time of 51.06.

Dayton won the meet with 136 points.

Both Whittell track teams will compete on Friday at a meet in Pahrump in southern Nevada.

STHS track meet postponed

For the second time in a week, the South Tahoe track team had a meet postponed after Saturday’s four-way meet at Galena High School was postponed due to inclement weather. The Vikings will compete against the same four teams on Tuesday at Galena in Reno.

South Tahoe also had its season-opening meet on March 11 in Fallon postponed because of weather. That meet was rescheduled for last Wednesday. Highlights of the Fallon meet will appear in Tuesday’s Tribune.