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Whittell track athletes show best stuff at regionals

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell High track athletes held out for the Northern Nevada 2A league regional meet to hit some of their best marks of the entire season over the weekend in Winnemucca.

On the boys’ side, Oscar Suarez advanced to the state meet in two events — the 1,600 (fourth place, 4 minutes, 56.47 seconds) and 3,200 (second place, 10:51.79) — while teammate Jeremy Worley set his best time at 11:35.44 in the 3200 to take fifth place.

“That was Jeremy’s best time of the year by 10 seconds,” Warriors’ track coach Jeremy Smith said. “He ran really well, even though only the top four go on to state. He was trying his best to get there.”

Brian Beebe finished fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.13, while Josh Wagner was just behind him in fifth place at 47.33. Beebe also advanced to state in the triple jump with a fourth-place finish at 39 feet, 2 inches.

“That was his best of the season and he actually knocked out the number one seed going in,” Smith said. “He bumped him out of state because he finished fifth.”

The boys’ 4×800 team also qualified for state, placing fourth at 9:06.67. That team consists of Worley, Beebe, Jaret Guajardo and Suarez.

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Overall, the boys’ team took sixth place with a total of 42 points. For the girls, the team placed third overall with 94 points.

Katrina Kacirek won two events — the triple jump (33 feet, 9 inches) and long jump (15 feet, 6 inches). She also placed fourth in the open 100 with a time of 13.67.

Casey Brumbach finished third in the 200 at 29.97, good to move her on to state in that event. She also was fifth in the 100 at 13.72.

“Her times were a little bit slow because she ran into a strong headwind of about 30 miles per hour,” Smith said. “Everybody’s time in the heat was slow as well.”

The Warriors’ Kim McGlothlin placed second in the 800 at 2:35.87 and fourth in the 1,600 at 6:08.08, both good for spots at state.

In the 300 hurdles, Jamie Lowe finished third at 56.86.

The girls 4×200 relay team was second at 1:59.03. That team is Brumbach, Meri Johnson, Jamie Lowe and Courtney Greenwood. The 4×400 team (McGlothlin, Danielle Daily, Lowe and Greenwood) finished third at 5:01.47.

The girls’ 4×100 team of Brumbach, Lowe, Kacirek and Johnson provided the most controversy at the meet after being disqualified by an official from the winning team.

“They were DQ’d by a Battle Mountain official who said we got the baton too early. No one else could see it so they went with the judge’s decision,” Smith said. “Our 4×100 team was number one, beating out the favorite Battle Mountain by over half a second. That was really awesome to see, but then lousy to see them get DQ’d like that by the team that won because of it.”

Also for the girls, Johnson finished second in the high jump at 4 feet, 6 inches, and Kristin Karmenn was third in the shot put at 29 feet, 9 1/4 inches and fourth in discus.

“Overall, third place is about where I thought we would place,” Smith said. “I figured on a few more points from the 4×100 team, but after what happened we ended up with only 94 points. I think we had a great weekend and I think we’ll also have a great weekend at state. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more great times and personal bests.”

The state meet will be held Saturday at Foothill High School in Henderson.