Whittell brings home three state titles, South Tahoe one, at state track meet
RENO, Nev. – The Whittell track team might not have had the numbers to win a team title at the 2012 NIAA State Track Championships, but they do have a few 2A state champions.
“Overall, we rocked it,” said Whittell head coach Maggie McInnes. “Even with a mere 10 competitors we managed to score some medals.”
The Warriors boys’ 4-by-800 relay team easily finished first on Friday at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. Jenner Felton, Mikey George, Josh Welch and Mark Waite finished with a time of 8 minutes and 46.88 seconds, ahead of North Tahoe’s team, who crossed the line at 8:51.05.
Sierra Forvilly, a two-time state champion in the 300-meter hurdles, was also a force at the state meet. The junior defended her title with a win in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing at state-record time of 47.36, just ahead of Yerington’s Jaszmin Bryan at 47.39.
“Not only did she come in first for the third year in a row, she also set a new state record,” McInnes said.
Forvilly was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.97. The Meadows’ Taylor O’Neal was first with a time of 16.51. Once again, Forvilly edged Bryan, who finished third with a time of 16.98. She also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.
The boys 800-meter run was pretty much a race between two Whittell athletes. Waite won his second state title of the weekend with a time of 2:04.24, while Felton was second with a time of 2:04.50. They both finished more than two seconds ahead of the field. Lauren Marshall was fifth in the girls 800-meter run, with a time of 2:43.58. Marshall was part of the girls’ 4-by-800 relay team, which finished sixth. Danica Bunnet, Sabrina Swoger and Gisselle Benitez were also on the relay team.
Waite and George were second and third, respectively, in the boys’ 1,600-meter run. Waite was edged by North Tahoe’s Noah McDermott, who finished first at 4:48.83. Waite finished with a time of 4:48.89. George crossed the line at 4:58.89. George finished fifth in the boys 3,200-meter race, with a time of 11:00.52.
South Tahoe’s lone state champion was Connor Henderson in the boys’ 3,200-meter race. The junior finished with a time of 10:10.63. Henderson was second in the mile, with a time of 4:39, just behind Connor Wolf of Elko who finished at 4:37.42. In the girls’ 3,200-meter, Kira Smith finished sixth for the Vikings. In the mile, Shelby McIntyre finished fifth for the girls. The Boise State bound senior was sixth in the 800-meter run as well, just ahead of sophomore Karly Martinez who finished seventh.
In the boys’ 110-meter hurdles, Brandon Cramer finished sixth, and managed a third place finish in the 300-meter hurdle with a time of 41.38. De’Ja Demby finished fifth in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 17.48. In the boys’ 400-meter dash, David Cassaday finished third with a time of 51.60. Josh Johnson was seventh with a time of 53.05. Greg Baghdikian was seventh in the boys’ triple jump.
In the girls’ 4-by-800 relay, the Vikings team of Danika Reyes, Madeline Dany, Cara Filce and Martinez, finished second with a time of 10:16.3. The girls’ 4-by-200 relay team was fourth and consisted of Natassha Johnson, Brooke King, Myriah Klug and Demby. Klug finished fifth in the girls’ long jump, with a distance of 14 feet, 9.75 inches. The 4-by-400 relay team of Demby, King, Martinez and McIntyre was fifth.