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Warriors second in Reed Invitational

Steve Yingling

A three-week layoff did little to threaten Whittell High girls’ track team’s position among other top teams in the state.

Whittell finished runner-up in the small schools division at the Reed Invitational on Saturday in Sparks.

Junior Katrina Kacirek nearly delivered the small schools title while making a giant leap from fifth to first in the triple jump. Kacirek took the triple jump lead at 33 feet, 6 inches on her fifth jump, putting Whittell ahead of Spring Creek. But a Hug competitor passed Kacirek by 2 inches on her final attempt, enabling Spring Creek to squeak past Whittell 22-21.

“It was cool because Spring Creek is the five-time defending champion for the 3A and for a small school it shows we have some high quality athletes to score any points at all,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet.

Besides her second-place finish in triple jump, Kacirek shattered the school record in the long jump by 5 inches with a winning jump of 16-7 1/2. She also anchored the 4-by-100 relay team that was .1 off the school record with their ninth-place time of 53.19. Jessica Woods, Meri Johnson and Casey Brumbach also ran legs in the near-record relay team.

On Friday night in the blowing snow, Kristin Karmann picked up sixth-place points for the Warriors in the shot put. Her best toss was 31-5 1/2.

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Woods, a sophomore, competed in the hurdles for the first time, finishing in what Rippet believes is a league-best 18.68. Jane MacKelvie knocked a minute off her personal best in the 1,600 meters at 6:21.

In the boys’ meet, Jake O’Malley was third in the frosh-soph high jump with a best effort of 5-5. The winning jump was 5-7.

Tyson Guajardo ran a personal best in the frosh-soph 3,200 meters, placing sixth in 11:29.

But the boys’ story of the day was Justin Jordan, whose creativity in the steeple medley relay was frowned upon by meet organizers. Jordan, a free skier, entertained a big throng of fans with his flips over the water jump. Whittell, which finished fourth, was disqualified for “too many rotations,” Rippet said.

Chris Craig and Jeremy Worley were also on the steeple relay team.

Next up for Whittell is the Smith Valley Invitational on Saturday in Yerington.