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Whittell track teams get off to fast start

Steve Yingling

A chilly day in Hawthorne did little to slow down the Whittell High’s track and field team in its opening meet Saturday.

Whittell’s boys equalled last year’s meet victory total by outpointing seven other teams, including several Nevada AAA schools.

“Last year, there were small schools in this meet, but this year with Sparks in it, I assumed they’d win,” said Whittell distance runner Tyson Guajardo, who won two events. “I was happy with how the team did overall.”

Meanwhile, the defending AA state champion Whittell girls ran away with their eight-team meet, scoring 124 more points than runner-up Round Mountain.

“I thought it was gonna be miserable, but it was just cold,” said Whittell coach Brian Rippet. “The kids stepped up and performed well.”

Hurdlers David Sabistina and Zach Witt and distance runners Guajardo, Willis Hughes, Jeremy Worley and David King keyed the boys’ victory.

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Sabistina, a senior, won the 110-meter high hurdles in 20.8 seconds and the 300 intermediate hurdles in 52.5. Witt was runner-up in the 110s in 21.7 and third in the 300 in 57.0.

The decisive blow to the other teams came in the 3,200 meters as Guajardo, Hughes, Worley and King seized first through fourth places. The quartet ran as a pack until Guajardo forced the issue at the mile mark. Hughes, Worley and King picked up their pace a lap later and there was no catching them. Their respective times were 12 minutes, 21 seconds; 12:40; 12:44 and 12:51.

“It was a beautiful example of running as a team – a skill they honed on the cross country team,” Rippet said.

Guajardo also won the 1,600 meters in 5:10, while Worley was runner-up in 5:17 and Hughes third in 5:45.

“I think I did better than I expected,” Guajardo said. “I remember my times from last year and they improved.”

Team scores were Whittell 138.5, Sparks 108, Round Mountain 84, Dayton 65.5, Lovelock 23, Pyramid Lake 20, Gabbs 11 and Hawthorne 0.

In the girls’ meet, Casey Brumbach delivered defending state champion Amber Sellers of Hawthorne a pair of surprising defeats in the sprints. Brumbach won the 100 meters in 13.8 and 200 in 28.8.

Sellers won the 200, 400 and 800 and was runner-up in the 100 at last year’s state meet.

“Casey’s wins are not a surprise, but it definitely is a wow,” Rippet said. “She had explosive starts in both races, pulling away in the first third and holding that lead the entire way.”

Brumbach also teamed with Jessica Woods, Meri Alys Johnson and Natalie Daly to win the 4×100 relay in 55.1.

Woods also won two events, placing first in the long jump (15 feet, 6 inches) and 100 hurdles (18.1).

Team scores were Whittell 192, Round Mountain 68, Lovelock 67, Dayton 33, Hawthorne 32, Sparks 28, Pyramid Lake 23 and Gabbs 1.

The Warriors buried the girls’ field in the distance races, accumulating 80 points.

Whittell finished 1-2-3 in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and first and third in the 800 meters.

Krista Castro posted a 10-second victory in the 800 with her time of 2:59 and she came back to take the 3,200 in 15:21.

In the 1,600 meters, Sasha Rupp charged to an early lead and held off Castro for the victory. Their times were 6:33 and 6:47. Freshman Holly Brumbach was third in 6:57 and senior Kristin Kline fifth (7:11).

Holly Brumbach was runner-up to Castro in the 3,200 meters in 15:26, with Kline in third (16:54). Senior Danielle Daly was third in the 800 in 3:14.

Other highlights for the Warriors included junior Kelly Karmann finishing runner-up in both the shot put (31-5) and discus (96-5); Natalie Daly third in the 200 meters (31.0), fourth in high jump (4-2) and part of the victorious 4×100 and 4×400 relays. The latter relay team also included Rupp, Johnson and Casey Brumbach.

The next meet for Whittell is Saturday in Yerington.